I had to take it apart!

Hmmm... I recently revived my interest in knitting after... oh, lets see... 25years and picked up a set of needles to make my boyf a 1940s style vest from a collection of free patterns on the Victoria & Albert Museum website. Here's the link in case yo don't know about it: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/features/knitting/1940s/index.html

My boyfs a theatre designer and interested in period clothing... so I thought this would be a nice surprise. It looks pretty straight forward, and I was a rather good knitter when I was in my teens, so I set off. Rib went fine, pattern went fine... had a mishap had to un-knit a few rows... then last night I finished the back! Yay!

Swapped needles for the front rib and...err... hold on... err... those needles sitting there are the ones I should have been using. Double check the pattern... yup! I'd carried on using the rib (smaller) needles through the entire back! It had crossed my mind that it was a tight knit and was taking a bit more yarn than expected... but that wasn't enough to impose on my thinking brain. Argh!!!

Had to unravel the back down to the rib and pick up the stitches and start over. So disheartened now, the knitting has become a chore and the pattern doesn't look anywhere near as neat on the larger needles. Anyway... just thought I'd share the frustrations on a London knitting guy.


MichaelJames's picture

Unless your gauge was completely off, I would have just knit the second side on the same size needles. You can always block the garment to enlarge it once you're through, if you're using wool.
So sorry! That's happened to me more times than I care to admit. It is really frustrating! I FEEL YOUR PAIN!MichaelJames


Tallguy's picture

Using the same size of needles as the pattern is not as important as the hand of the fabric you are getting. If you like the knitting you got so far, then that is the right size needle. If not, then change it.

Yes, you can correct a lot of sins by blocking. A slight change in needle size is nothing to fret over.

So get back on that knitting horse, and get on with it. The sooner you get going, the sooner you are finished... and the sooner the bf gets to thank you for it!! Work on something fun and interesting at the same time... to help during that "chore".

AdrianG's picture

Well, thanks for the comments! Such a good idea to start something small and exciting to keep my interest going while I re-do the back of the garment.

I didn't think about blocking... actually I've never tried it. I'm one of those knitters who follows the pattern and is too frightened to deviate. I'll block this thing when its done -- just to make it look really finished.