Sampler: stitch hack

In the coming days I’ll be sharing various completed reknitting projects to provide inspiration and guidance for those considering having a go themselves. First up is a reknitting sampler that showcases five separate treatments. In this post I describe how I stitch hacked my initials into the fabric of the garment. 

I decided to stitch hack my initials into the sample jumper.

I used the computer to put the text into a range of fonts and sizes. I cut them out and placed them in the position I’d chosen, to find the right size:

s-h 1_0

Next, I used an online tool to create a sheet of graph paper at the same gauge as my fabric, and traced my chosen text onto it. I included some rows of plain stocking stitch between the letters and the opened row.

I tried on the jumper and basted a line to show the position:

s-h 2_0

I cut a stitch and opened the row to the required width, picking up the open stitches on a spare thread to hold them safe. Then, I laddered and reformed each column, one by one, to create the design:

s-h 3_0

And finally grafted the fabric closed using a contrast yarn:

s-h 4_0

Want to have a go? Check out the stitch hack instructions page for detailed step-by-step guidance, or take a look at other stitch hack projects in the gallery for inspiration.

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