Knitting Tips: Fix a Too-Long Sleeve without Frogging


There are few things more aggravating than finishing a sweater and discovering the sleeves are an inch, or 2, or 3, too long. All that knitting, all that seaming. Though still not fun, I recently figured out how to shorten the sleeves without taking everything apart.

Snip a stitch or two at the cuff. Good project for when you’re watching TV. Unravel back to the length you need. Then, using some of that raveled yarn, take a crochet hook of the appropriate size and crochet a new border around the sleeve bottom. I use single crochet, but you can do picots or whatever you please. No, the cuff isn’t ribbed, but it’s still pretty and now you can wear a sweater that fits properly. Ta daaa!

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8 thoughts on “Knitting Tips: Fix a Too-Long Sleeve without Frogging

  1. annaliza says:

    I like it! Thanks! (Not that I’ll be needing to know anything like this, but perhaps I’ll be in a position to advise someone else … ahem.)

  2. Lilja says:

    What a clever idea. It’s truly one of the things that can be frustrating… :)
    Thanks for the advise!

  3. circleofone says:

    I always try to make my sleeves the correct length, but I thank you for this clever idea. I will file this one away for future reference.

  4. Turtle-chan says:

    Thanks a lot for the info. I’ve never knitted a sweater before, but when I do I’ll try my best to remember this! :)

  5. irene bennett says:

    i bought a crocheted top the sleeves are too long i don’t know how to crochet are there any other way to shorten crochet sleeves, overlock maybe.

  6. Sheila in St. Louis says:

    I checked the web for how to shorten sleeves on a knit sweater today and somebody said there was a description of this in “The Big Book of Knitting”. I put in on hold from my library, so I haven’t read it yet. You may want to check your library. Don’t know if their solution also applies to crocheted sweaters. Can you hem the sleeve under a bit?

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