Gotta Know When to “Frog ’em”

“Rip it, rip it”!

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Yes, a bit of knitting humor.  Oh so necessary when I get to that inevitable point (and it’s happened with every project so far) when I ask myself the question “Can I live with it”?  By “it” I mean the crooked stitches, the too loose stitches, the wrong row decrease, the knit instead of purl, purl instead of knit, missed yarn over, etc. etc. etc.

What I “can live with” has changed as I’ve gained some experience, learned better technique and tackled bigger and more complicated projects.   One of my first projects was an orange cable knit pillow that I gave to my daughter.  Oh dear.   At my last visit to her apartment I’m pretty sure it was literally holding on by a thread (or a strand).  It was the best I could do at the time and I felt proud that I completed it and could give her a handmade gift.  But I was living with a whole lot of mediocre technique.  I’m hardly a pro now, but the bar has definitely gotten higher.

Can I fix it?

“Knitting as life” metaphors abound, but I’ll leave my readers to connect those dots.  Suffice it to say that I have learned that many times the answer is “yes” and when faced with a possible “frogger” it almost always makes sense to give it a try.  Believe me, when the alternative is ripping out days, if not weeks, of work I have no problem poring over YouTube to find some kind knitting soul who felt a need to document this or that fix-it technique.  Of course, that’s still no guarantee that can do it, but I’ve learned a lot that way and avoided a bit of frustration.

That being said I have a choice to make about today’s project.  This is the beginning of a tank-style sweater with a lace pattern worked on either side.  I love knitting lace patterns and in the scheme of things this one is really uncomplicated, however as with many lace patterns it takes some getting into it before the pattern takes shape.  So I was happily knitting along and then I saw this:

 

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Ummm, I do not think this is what the founding knitting fathers had in mind.  The other side gives an idea of what it should look like (controlling for factors like me):

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Hardly perfection but I could live with it- the other side not so much unless I can find a way to fix it.  And since that mess is so big and so wide and so deep (thanks Dr. Seuss) it simply. must. go.

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I feel better already.