Oh no!

I was doing a three needle bind off on the shoulders of my knit-in-the-round Fair Isle sweater when I realised I'd made a mistake about 4"(10cm) down. I haven't got the courage to rip it back, so I am unpicking it stitch by *#@%&^$@ stitch. What a way to practice patience.


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ronhuber's picture

I know what you mean, Kerry. I would probably do the same or throw the whole thing out. I have seen people run a thin line of something in the front leg of each stitch on the row they want to rip to but have never tried that. Hope you have another project for the off times since it is so boring picking back. Good luck.

RareSteek's picture

My condolences. We feel your pain.



MichaelJames's picture

Kerry, if it helps, I was working on my Starmore Henry VIII and I noticed that I had been using the wrong color for an entire section of the pattern. Mind you, I am working with 372 stitches in the round, and I had to go back 8 rows! BELIEVE ME when I tell you I feel every ounce of your pain. I took the needles out (size 3 circulars with stitch markers ever 12th stitch and Shetland wool) and ripped it back; picking up the right row was a time consuming nightmare!
How awful for you. Aren't you glad you caught it, though?! We've all been there.


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Well you have to do what you have to do, I will do the same as I know I would not be able to live with the mistake. Can you put a pocket in place to hide the Mistake? Just a thought.

Britisher's picture

So sorry to hear of your problem. There are two ways to look at it:

1. Traditional Fair Isle sweaters were knitted for much needed additional family income and even the best knitters had to put up with the occasional slip. In our days "time is money" and the same could apply, or

2. Your self-respect demands that you correct the mistake and you are a better craftsman for it.

I'd probably be like you, determined to correct the fault. However yours is far more labour intensive than the half of a sleeve I ripped back last night in severe frustration, so hope all goes well.

YarnGuy716's picture

It's not a mistake... it's a design element...

Kerry's picture

Thanks to all of you for your support. I really did have to unpick it as I stupidly finished the armhole steeks 10cm(4") to short. Arrrrgggghhhh!