Ripping Stitches

Last night, I found a screw-up in an early row of a fairly long scarf. I was briefly heartbroken (I'm starting early on holiday presents), but then I did the most liberating thing: I started over completely. I was able to improve the pattern a bit, and really think about the direction I wanted to project to go. I also got much further back into the scarf than I thought I would.

It's rare in life that we get a complete do-over. Thanks knitting!


MMario's picture

It's always best when one can put a positive slant on "learning experiences"

That sounds so much better then "I screwed up!" doesn't it?

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QueerJoe's picture

I've often said, "I enjoy knitting, so ripping back and re-knitting is enjoyable" (despite that sometimes it's a lie).

I like your take on it as well...complete do-over to do it even better.

Thomasknits's picture

I have ripped out entire projects several times before. Either I screwed up royally or I just wasn't happy with how it was turning out. There have been times when my friends were around when I did this, and I love their faces. They are always so horrified and amazed when I rip out "all that work". I on the other hand find it way fun to pull out the yarn...sometimes.


daveballarat's picture

I hate ripping out rows and particularly hate starting projects over again ... but it is okay to live with a compromise... but eventually I wish that I'd ripped out ... walking around wearing mistakes isn't nice.

I've just done the first sock of a pair I'm doing for my father... it'll be winter in Oz soon, he'll play golf all winter and ... at least his feet will be warm. I ripped out a lot when I was half way through pleased that I did.

I'm calling it 'character building'... and I still hate doing it...

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

One of my many knitting mantras is "Be patient with your knitting and yourself. But...don't be afraid to rip." (Unless you can tell everyone it's a design element.) Still, Thom is right, it's fun to watch people's faces when you literally rip out an entire piece, either to fix a mistake or just because it didn't work. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

Tallguy's picture

You know, if there is an error that is going to bother you forever, it is best to just rip it out and start over. It will just continually mock you. So to stop that nagging shrill voice, just rip and start over.

The first time was just a test knitting anyway -- right?