Ripping Out!

I don't know why it seems to always take me two or three runs at a project to really get it off the ground. I am starting a cable vest from "Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them" (I think thats the title.) and aside from a few mistakes in the original pattern that luckily were spotted and corrected following the author's website list of errata, and aside from the fact that the cable charts are so tiny for my aging eyes that I suspect a hawk would need spectacles; after 20 or so rows I think I might just have the pattern enough in my brain to be able to proceed without mistakes. However I know the mistakes already made so, despite my great desire to ignore them and proceed ("Surely no one will notice". Yeah, right, but I will and will have to compusively point them out to anyone who admires the finished project) its rip out and start over time. So, time to screw my courage to the sticking point, be ruthless, and pull!


MMario's picture

While it may be frustrating to you who rip - I have to admire you and give credit; I am far too lazy to do so.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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scenter's picture

Depending upon where your mistakes are, you may not have to frog the whole thing. If it is only a row or two back, you can try unknitting - just do all the steps backwards stitch by stitch in the pattern, remembering it is the stich below the one on the right needle that you need to get onto the left one. This can be frustrating the first time you try it, but it helps immensly timewise once you master it.

Also, if your project was mohair, good luck - the stuff is like super-velcro. Try putting it in the freezer before unknitting or frogging.

Photocopiers with an enlarge feature are boon - enlarge those charts and ease your eyes.

Also stitch markers (I like the baby-diaper-pin kind) help me to avoid mistakes. For example I put a stitch marker on a stitch in the cable crossing row, then I just count the stitches above it to know when the next crossing row is. I also use them to separate repeats - we're at the next marker - is our stitch count and pattern correct?

When I first started cabling and lacing I thought that markers were for the mathematically challenged, I didn't need them. HA! I know better now - K.I.S.S. -keep it simple stupid.

Kerry's picture

For me, un-knitting goes with the territory, it's all part of the process of being an un-perfect knitter LOL

albert's picture

Regarding mistakes-

The Navajo weavers when weaving a rug with a border pattern deliberately make a "mistake"- that is, they allow one row of the interior pattern yarn to run accross the border before closing off the project. Someone with a good eye will spot this "mistake". The reason they do this is that they beleive that if the border is completely closed then their creative energy will be locked up in that particular rug and not available for the future. So for us knitters maybe the same applies- a little "mistake" here or there can be a good thing.

TomH's picture

I also think of ripping out as unknitting ... stitch by stitch by stitch. Yesterday I had to rip out a row on one of the Queen Anne's Lace shawls currently on my needles. That was 640 stitches, each unknitted one by one.(A total of 1,280 stitches if you consider the initial knitted stitches and the unknitted stitches.) That took quite a while since I will admit, for me, unknitting takes much longer than knitting the stitches in the first place. I had to keep reminding myself that I was just unknitting so I wouldn't lose all patience and go completely crazy. But after a (seemingly long) while, the 640-stitch row was ripped out and I could move forward again. I'd rather unknit the row than knowingly have an error in it.

BuduR's picture

unknitting isn't actually part of the process? you mean I've been.....wait, this can't be right. I have unknitted every single thing I have started at least once. it must be part of the process. or, well, that would make me less than perfect. :(

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