Readers ask: How To Shorten Sleeves On A Knit Sweater?

Can you shorten the sleeves on a sweater?

Answer: Yes, sweaters can be altered, but unless you are handy with a knitting needle, it’ll cost you between $40 to $80 bucks. Just fold the sweater under to the desired sleeve length, take a needle and thread that matches the color of the sweater and do a very simple stitch to hold the sleeves in place.

How do you shorten the sleeves on a knit top?


  1. Lay the short sleeve shirt on top of the long sleeve top.
  2. Fold your long sleeve shirt in have length wise so you can light up the cut sleeve with the remaining long sleeve.
  3. Trim the second sleeve so it it the same length as the first.
  4. Iron under the edge of each sleeve 1/2 inch.
  5. Hem the sleeves.

Can you shorten a knit sweater?

The good news is that you can easily fix that without ripping out the whole thing and having to start from scratch. In principle you can add length, shorten or re-knit the bottom of any knitted garment.

How do you shorten a sweater by hand?


  1. Mark where you want your sweater to end.
  2. Make two cuts across the bottom of your sweater.
  3. Pin the bottom and top together.
  4. Sew the two pieces together.
  5. Trim the fabric between the top and bottom a little more so they match up.
  6. Overlock (or Zigzag) that raw edge.
  7. Press your new seam down with an iron.
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How do I keep my sweater from unraveling?

Coat the frayed edges on your sweater such as sleeves or the bottom circumference of the sweater with clear nail polish. Let the polish dry. Turn the sweater inside out. Turn the edging up twice so that all the fraying is covered and pin in place with straight pins.

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