First Start Always Ends Up Being Taken Apart.

So, every time I start a new project, I end up pulling the whole thing apart. Sometimes it is just once; more often, it is two or three times. I'm wondering if this is normal or it's just a dumb cowboy thing.



ronhuber's picture

We are probably all dumb cowboys some of the time. I don't pull things apart as much as I used to because I make sure I know what I am going to do before I start. I usually design my things so I write down all the numbers I need. If I am going to do something like a doily that has a pattern, I read it thoroughly to see if I understand the directions and know how to follow them. AND ripping something out to ensure it is started right is not a bad thing just frustrating.

QueerJoe's picture

Most of my designs these days are designed on the needles and some require a complete do-over and others I make it through complete from start to finish with no ripping (or gnashing of teeth).

Something about the "dumb cowboy" picture in my mind has just made ripping out MUCH more appealing...thanks Buck.

steve kadel's picture

i would never admit it in public...but, yes.

the more complicatred the knit the more i think i know what i'm doing only to plow ahead and find it looks nothing like what it should.

does that make me a cowboy? wow. i thought there would be harnesses involved

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Nashrunner's picture

You betcha. For me it's always rip now and read the directions better, later. We're all that way to some extent. I think we figure we can always go remedial at some point but it gets to the place where all the "fixing" is not going to solve what's going on so off the needle(s) it's gotta be. You're not alone buddy. And often not just once but 2-3 times. It's the runner/biker way, too

vsidart's picture

I've almost given up swatching. The odds are so high that I'm gonna have to start over that I count that as my swatch.
It actually seems like it's more accurate, too.

NonStopAndrew's picture

I rarely have to rip something out, but only because I am so much of a perfectionist that it takes me forever to make anything. One of the ladies in one of my knitting groups jokes that I have a VERY large hyphen between anal and retentive.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have to agree that it is just one of those things. That's why I avoid swatching, too. And I would never consider you a dumb cowboy, Buck. After all, I grew up here in Wyoming...Talk about boxes of rockses. You are a different category entirely. [edited to add "And I mean that in a very positive way!" :-)]-- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

albert's picture

I do so much ripping, that I'm considering changing my hobby from "knitting" to just buying finished knitwear items and ripping them out.

scottly's picture

I just consider it warming up - like those first few laps in the pool.

Nathanael's picture

I usually end up realizing any mistakes shortly after they occur, and try to minimize it in my mind, and just forge ahead with the project. Then, after 20 more rows I finally accept that the error is completely unacceptable and rip it all out. Hopefully I can wean down from that 20 row debate period soon!

Albert...your comment made me laugh out loud!

I knit when the voices say, "Knit." I rip when the voices say, "Rip." It's that simple really. At least for us.


mrossnyc's picture

When I rip something out it's either because of a major mistake I didn't catch or it's because I realize that despite making a swatch, whatever I'm making is coming out really different. It doesn't happen often though, I think my anal-ness in planning avoids most unexpected surprises. When it does happen though, I don't think of myself as dumb: cowboy or otherwise.

Knipper's picture

The lady who taught me to knit back in 1982 (she ran her yarn store as if it was a nightclub) said from the start ripping is a part of knitting. If it doesn't feel right, take it out and start the process over. On the flip side, she also reminded me that sometimes you have to let the project burst alive as it does when six or seven inches are completed.

I often rip out when the project is not coming along as I hoped - thinking of the hat I just completed. There were two times I ripped back because the design was not going my way. So glad I did because finally it came out the way I envisioned it. Thanks for getting us to confess our ripping moments.

trpc's picture

I've learned most of what I know from starting over and figuring out what went wrong when I make mistakes or can't follow a pattern.

Thomasknits's picture

Don't we all?