Jul. 16th, 2009

sweater

Jul. 16th, 2009 10:10 am
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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.

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