You may be asking why not just unravel up from the cuff. It is not possible to unravel knitting from the cast on edge. Go ahead - try it. It doesn't work.
I decided to cut off the lower part of the sleeve. I began by picking out the seam from the cuff to past the point where I needed to cut.
Then I identified the recovery row. This is the row just above the spot where the cut would happen. I needed the sleeve to be 2" shorter, but I was going to re-knit cuff, which is 1" wide. So, I needed to remove 3".
The process was complicated just a bit by the fact that I was working with a slipped stitch pattern. On some rows, not every stitch is knit. I wanted my recovery row to be one on which every stitch was knit. I chose a row worked in white because it is easier for my old eyes to see.
|Here is the needle worked through the entire row|
Now for the scissors. I want to remove everything below the recovery row. If this was plain stockinette stitch, I could cut one stitch, unravel that row, and be done with it. Because this is a slipped stitch pattern, I had to cut two stitches. My recovery row was sometimes worked into a white stitch, sometimes worked into a brown stitch.
|Here is the hole that opened up with I cut one white strand and one brown strand.|
Then I picked out the white row and the brown row, working from the center of the row out to the sides, until the cuff was separated from the rest of the sleeve, leaving the stitches of the recovery row conveniently on the needle.
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