Not a good way to start the morning:
I must have been a bit rough when I was putting on my beloved Grey Mist Bohus. I heard a bad ripping sound and it looked like this.
It was knit top down and I had broken the yarn on the hem bind off. Some stitches had started to unravel.
To add to the complexity, I had modified the sweater awhile back to fit me better and the sides are steeked. This means I couldn't just rip back the whole bind off and do it again.
I will also say that at 9 sts to the inch that didn't seem necessary to fix 2 inches of hem, so I concocted a different plan.
This morning I made the repairs. It was easy enough that I took the time to have fun with the Halftone app and did a little photo essay.
Step One: Capture all the stitches.
Bohus yarn is 50% merino, 50% angora so the stitches aren't really going anywhere, but I needed them all on needles so I could have something to work with. I put the last bound off stitch on a marker and picked up everything not worrying if they had unravelled more than others. I just needed to get everything on the needles.
Step Two: Fix All the Stitches
Now I took the time to arrange all the live stitches, knit up any that had dropped and to make sure I got them all. This is not so easy with tiny fuzzy yarn, so I made sure I was thorough.
Step Three: Unravel the Bind Off a Bit More
I didn't have a lot of yarn on one end of the broken bit so I unpicked the bind off about 10 more stitches so I had something to work with. Since I was "going backwards" this meant undoing the stitches manually with a tapestry needle and catching the live ones before I pulled out the yarn--no sense in having to wrangle more live stitches.
Then I transferred each stitch back to the left hand needle, checked again that I didn't miss anything and was now back at my orange marker.
Step Four: Attach New Yarn
I decided to use the Magic Knot to attach my new yarn to bind off. It figured at this gauge it wouldn't show. It was also secure. Spit splicing would also have worked.
Step Five: Bind Off
The original bind off was a regular one, but since this must be where I put pressure on the sweater when I put it in, I decided to use Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off for these stitches just to be on the safe side.
When that was done I had two ends. The end of my new bind off and the end where I picked out the old one.
Since both ends were already secure (picking out the old one was challenging so I figured it was staying put), I just prettied it up and wove in the ends.
Step Six: Admire
No one will notice unless they inspect the hem up close.
If anyone does that, I'll know they're a knitter.