I just went through a ridiculous ordeal with the stupid sweater. I was working on it last night, and I noticed that one of the front raglan increase lines was crooked. I counted stitches and found I had too many on one front.
I remembered I dropped a marker and replaced it a few rows ago, and realized I must have put it back in the wrong place, which shifted my increase line a stitch or two over and threw off my stitch count. I put the thing down and decided to fix it later.
Later being this morning.
I feel stupid admitting this now, but I thought the best (read: easiest) way to fix it would be to drop the few stitches along the increase line, let them run a few rows, and pick them back up in the right places with a crochet hook. Ha! After about half an hour of trying to pick the stitches back up properly, I gave up. I just could not pick up the kfb to make it look normal.
So then I inserted my needle in each stitch about 4 rows down, along the whole piece, and ripped back. Of course, I suck at this; every time I try to rip back by inserting the needle first, no matter how careful I am, I still always waver between rows. So it didn't rip back evenly. Somehow my needle was 4 rows down on one side and 6 rows down on another side, and in between it was all over the place.
So I just pulled the needle out and ripped (and ripped and ripped) until it was even. Then I put all the stitches back on the needles. (This is the scary way.) I only got two runners, and only one mysterious wtf-moment: the edge stitch on one side was huge and loose and I could not figure out why. I counted all the stitches to figure out where I was, replaced all the markers, and worked a couple rows to make sure everything was going right. I lost about 8 rows.
I suppose I could have avoided having to rip back if I had just ignored the slight jog in the raglan line, but I know that would have really bugged me. And I also could have avoided most of the trouble if I had just ripped back the scary way the first thing instead of trying to avoid it. Reminder to self: it's easier to do it the right way the first time!
Also, I hate circular needles. I hate them. Mostly because I drop stitches off the ends a lot. I guess I must like keeping my stitches close to the tips, and when I need to scoot them down, I just brace the end of my (straight) needle against my body or the table to assist in the scooting. But with circs, there's nothing to brace. Just a length of floppy cable. So I try to scoot the stitches down it, but the cable just bends, and then they fall off the end. But I wouldn't want to do a whole seamless sweater on straights, I guess.
Aaaaanyway. . . the sweater is back on track now and I only lost a few hours.