Too soon

Well, my 'pleased-with-myself-'cos-I've-nearly-finished' attitude was short-lived. You'll remember my grumbles about the Herringbone jacket from Classic Knits for Men? Well, I was, I thought, on the final run and had it finished, more or less, for Al's return from Scotland on Friday. Well, he tried it on and, after much jiggling around, it was clear that one side was nearly 2 inches longer than the other.

So, I tried to see that a grey and rainy Monday spent un-picking, un-doing, un-sewing, re-sewing and re-knitting was a learning and useful day. In truth, it was infuriating and I actually should have been doing some proper work. I had to take most of an arm off, as well as take off a long collar and border and re-do the shoulder seem having removed the incredibly annoying couple of inches.

Anyway, I have a new respect for knitted fabric. It took much longer to un-ravel and un-pick than I expected...and I've also overcome my scissors phobia. It was quite liberating cutting the shoulder seam open.

I will in future be measuring rows very carefully from armhole shaping to shoulder....and I'm understanding the meaning of 'labour of love.' They can be bloody infuriating and sometimes, the recipient would rather you'd put it to one side and chill out with a glass of wine and some crap TV...


David, I bet each and everyone of us here has also been in this situation. Accept it as a learning curve and know that you won't repeat the mistake. Oh - and put it to one side for now and chill with the wine.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My deepest sympathy. I had a few instances similar and only recently had a friend say to always check length as well as row count to ensure accuracy. It was a "Eureka" moment for me. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

purlyman's picture

Oh my god!! So sorry to hear about your day undoing and unsewing and unpicking!! But good for you for cutting too!! What a nightmare sewing is... I plan to avoid it at all costs unless I know I can do it right. Knitting in the round, I tell you. I once knit up an adult sweater with zipper and everything only to completely frog it and re-knit it up as Jared Flood's Cobblestone sweater. Would love to see a pic of the final product though. :-)


WillyG's picture

I'm throwing in my empathy, too, though I think you have it pretty bad. My sweater didn't involve any seaming, but the measuring was very tricky and invovled a lot of ripping and reknitting. I find gift knits to be pretty tough. As for my grumble tonight, it's gotta be the ball of cashmere that I eventually gave up untangling.

I agree with the "chill now, fix tomorrow" mentality. It really helped me to come back to my dad's sweater after a space of some happier knitting projects.

Here's hoping this time leaves you glad you went back and poured the extra love into it.

Mnjack's picture

So sorry. It not only is frustrating to have to redo it, there is the disappointment when your love tries it on and it doesn't fit or look right. I've been there & done that and know how you felt. The best thing to do is pick up the needles and do another. Have a great day.

markplusbrett's picture

Ditto to all the above, there hasn't been one of us that hasn't been in your situation. The best reason for indulging in a bit of libation. That's the excuse I'm using...
Maybe, when I get to the UK we can help one another out. So far, no luck on finding our new apartment but I'm returning on the 21st for another try. The London market right now is fierce and we've missed out on two properties just because someone got there first. Cheers

TheKnittingMill's picture

I feel you David! Been there...done that...bought the t-shirt!

kiwiknitter's picture

Now that you have the courage to bring your scissors close to your knitting, I suggest you adapt the pattern to the round. It's easy to do with some steeks. I've done it multiple times with much success.
If you don't like that option, then here's another. Whenever I knit flat (not often any more) I knit both front sections (and also both sleeves) simultaneously on a single circular needle. This assures that both sides are the same and it eliminates the second piece tedium.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly