Apologies to non-knitters. But I have to share.
As a quilter, I have done my share of unsewing. Reverse sewing. Frogging. Whatever you want to call it. Tedious? Absolutely.
However. I did not know the meaning of tedious until I had to rip out some rows of my sweater yesterday.
When you are ripping out quilting stitches, you get to use a nice sharp seam ripper and whack the thread to bits and get rid of it all.
When you are ripping out knitting stitches, you have to preserve the stitches from the previous row, so not only are you taking out mistakes, you are freaking out that you are going to drop a stitch.
I managed to get back to where I had made my mistake without tearing too much hair out (and without dropping any stitches, thankyouverymuch. I ended up getting some scrap yarn involved and threading that through the stitches I wanted to preserve, and just had a fun old time yanking out the stuff that had to go away).
I was so proud of myself. I kept knitting for qiute awhile last night, even though there are a million other things I probably ought to be doing.
If I’d been doing one of them, I wouldn’t now have to rip out several more rows.
I read the instructions for the M1 increase as “insert the left needle from the back to the front.” I read it several times. Turns out what it actually says is “insert the left needle from the front to the back.
About 1.5 hours of knitting, down the drain.
Does this make me a real knitter???
You might want to throw a life line in after so many rows… if you think that might happen again. The definately recommend them when knitting lace.
Like Cathy, I recommend a life line. It saves your sanity. I’ve been known to reverse knit (rather than rip it out) when it is only a row or two just so I can find the error if it is in lace. Does that make any sense?
Tanya Brown says
Oh no. Oh no.
That’s such a horrid experience. Added on to that is the need to figure out what row is on after ripping out the ruined bits, and it’s totally annoying.
I’m much rather rip quilting, piecing, or even crochet stitches out – I’m very rarely successful in ripping knitting stitches without messing up my whole piece.