3+ hours of knitting, end result, rip it all out and start again!

So one of my friends is always making these nice little bunny blankets for infants/toddlers. Well a friend of mine is having a baby so I decided to make one.
The pattern calls for 2 different needles, 10.5 and 8.
I know I am a tight knitter, but I started with the 10.5 since gauge didn't matter. Well, after about 20 rows, my head was going to explode, it was just way too tight and I could barely do anything. So I switched to size 11 and that seemed to work much better.
Then I got to a point where I needed to do an entire row of k2tog. With about 2-3 stitches left, I put in my needle to of course a tight stitch, and what happens? The stitch rips!. I spent 10 minutes backing out rows until I get a clean enough row to get my needle back in. It was only about 3 rows so I breathed a good sign of relief. I made every effort to knit as loose as possible so when I got back to my k2tog row I would not have problem. I breeze through that row and do a few more.
I then look at the pattern and guess what, that k2tog row I should have switched to the smaller needles. At this point I was 3 rows in with wrong needles. so I started ripping out rows all over again. I rip and I rip and I just couldn't find a row that I could my needles back into (I'm no good at it). I get so frustrated that I just rip out the whole thing.
So for my weekend, I got nothing done, except maybe a good lesson learned about needle choice and pattern checking!


ronhuber's picture

Boy, if you learned those two things it was not a wasted weekend. Hope the blanket goes smoothly from now on.

mrossnyc's picture

Rather than rip out an entire row, and then try to pick up the stitches, try this:

Have all stitches on the right needle.
One by one, insert the left needle into the stitch below the stitch on the right needle. See NOTE below.
Keep the left needle in the stitch below and GENTLY slip the first loop of the right needle.
You may need to GENTLY pull the yarn to unravel the loop the was on the right needle.
The loop that was on the right needle will be gone and you will have a loop on the left needle.
Continue to the end of the row.
NOTE: Be sure you are inserting the left needle into the right stitch correctly. To do this, the stitch below on the right needle should look like an upside-down U. As it lies (relatively) flat, there is a left half and a right half of the loop. As the left needle is inserted into the loop, the left needle will pass in front of the left half of the loop and it will go behind the right half of the loop.

I find that trying to rip out an entire row and then re-insert my needle to pick up the loops, generally causes my fingers to get in the way and before I know it, I've dropped stitches. Hope that helps!

knit_knot_eat's picture

I know how to do that, but only on simple stitches. The rows I needed to do had it all. There were k2tog, yarn overs, and bind offs. Backing and I needed to go back at least 3 rows. doing it stitch by stitch would have driven me up a wall.

mrossnyc's picture

I didn't realize each row had so many complicated stitches. That does present a challenge and I'd probably rip it out or start over as well. I hope the next time goes better for you.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Too bad the pattern and knitting are driving you batty. I hope things go smoother once you restart it. --- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

scottly's picture

Oh, get over it, I've spent 3+ hours just getting knots out of a skein. Some nights I spend twice as much time tinking as kniting so you are not alone. Just take a deep breath and tell yourself it's all part of the process. I try to be very Zen about my knitting except when I'm cursing over it. :-)