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Another Sweater Surgery - Skeins Her Way

Another Sweater Surgery

by Ali on April 26, 2010

Nope, not a Wallaby… Good guess though! :-)

There I was, knitting away at break-neck speed, perfectly pleased with myself at how easy it was to memorize the stitch pattern and get on with the knitting sans pattern-in-hand, and, then I it happened.  One of those 7 stitch repeats only had 6 sts. 

Oh, dear.  I had missed a yarnover 2 rows back.  2 rather long rows back.  Long enough rows that the prospect of tinking back that far was not an option.  Who has that much time to spend unknitting?  Sheesh, not me!  The problem (well, not the problem, more like one of many) was that I wasn’t entirely confident in my ability to keep all those stitches under control if I pulled out the needle and quickly ripped back.  This is a lacy pattern, after all.  A simple & easy memorize-able lacy pattern maybe, but lacy with k2togs and yos nonetheless.  What if something were to go wrong in the rip back?  What if I couldn’t get my needle back into play without wreaking further havoc in the stitch pattern?  Ripping back to the beginning of the lacy part would’ve been so dispiriting…

I know myself, once dispirited like that, it’s very hard to keep going on a project.  My usual “solution” is to just start a new project, the sad part is that I’m not just saying that…

But not this time!  I was not ready to throw in the proverbial towel.  I would not be undone by one of the most-knit sweaters of recent history.  (Any more guesses?)  I do, after all, have my knitting pride, and then there is that seriously stubborn streak… I like to think of it as tenaciousness.

Anyway- to make a long ramble closer to a close, I went for the sweater surgery.  7, well, really 6, stitches were dropped, down 3 rows, and then that stitch pattern repeat section was reworked with those dangling threads, this time remembering each and every yarnover, and voila, 7 sts, just the way they ought to have been.  (This was only my 2nd major sweater surgery!)  I am pleased to inform you all that it was a magnificent success.  The patient recovered nicely, despite the late-nite timing of the operation, and was ready to grow several inches the next morning.  The patient’s body is nearing completion and will soon be awaiting the attachment of its arms.  I’m sure you will all join me in wishing the patient a full and speedy completion.

*I must confess that, yes, I did momentarily contemplate fudging with things, just adding an extra stitch right where I was and knitting on, pretending nothing had happened, and then there was that whole knitting pride thing.  Sure, the mistake was on the back, so I wouldn’t even have been able to see the faces people made as they were trying to figure out what went wrong with the sweater that crazy lady in front of them was wearing… but “just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get you” sort of translates into knitting-ese like this “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t looking cross-eyed at your sweater mishap”, so, yeah, in the end there really was no decision to make- the sweater had to be fixed.

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Laura April 28, 2010 at 2:51 am

I say it's a February Lady Sweater, but that's just a guess. I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for brightening the day.


Zulma Flitton November 1, 2011 at 6:28 am

You could have added pictures and illustrations to support your posts


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