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OK. I just pulled out the back of the cardigan to get some measurements off of it. I am supposed to knit approx. 8.5" from the armhole before beginning the collar shaping, and I wanted to figure out how many Wishbone cables that equated to (so I don't have to drag out the tape measure every repeat.) Anyway...upon folding up the back, and smoothing it out, I discovered

A HOLE. :deep breath:

It looks like something snagged the yarn, and broke it. It's not large - maybe 3 stitches worth, and, luckily, it's in the seed stitch portion.

Unluckily, it's in the seed stitch portion.

I know a lot of ya'll have more experience than me. I am a pretty fearless knitter - I cut the foot off of a sock to fix the heel, for pete's sake! - but this has really hurt me. I've never tried to fix seed stitch before, and I've NEVER had to try and repair something so.....involved. I don't wanna screw up this sweater - and I don't want the repair to be noticeable.

What's the best way to go about this?

I've got a couple of ideas:

1. Carefully unpick the bind-off, drop the stitches down, add a strand over the broken bit, and re-knit it up. (it's about...4" down. Or so.)

2. Run strands of yarn across the hole, carefully working them into the solid bit of knitting, then use a CSM needle to pick up the "dropped" stitches. When the hole is fixed, graft the last stitch to the first whole stitch.

3. Needle-knit the hole closed.

I'm thinking #3 is the best bet......but I'll have to really work to keep my knits and purls straight. No matter what, I'll steam the spot first - to "lock" the stitches in place. (I do this before I graft sock toes - it helps them to not run while you're trying to graft them close.) #1 has the potential to totally screw up this portion....the bind off is almost perfect. :sigh: #2 will be a bit messy where I graft the 2 live stitches together.

I'm NOT going to tackle this right now. I'm also NOT going to tell/show Sweet Geek....he'd get upset, and there's no reason for it. I can fix it, I know I can, but...how to best do it?

Help???
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