Monday, December 07, 2009

Thinking of frogging :(

I sat knitting on my Aeolian yesterday, and I suddenly realised: I've done ALL of my double decreases wrong! I had read wrong in the pattern, and instead of doing a "slip one, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over" decrease that the pattern told me to do, I had made a "slip two together as if to knit them together, knit 1 tbl, pass the slipped stitches over". It's not a big difference between the decreases, but the difference is visible. Also, I'm pretty sure that I've managed to not knit some of those stitches tbl too.

So now I'm thinking: Should I frog it and start over? If I do that, I can start it on January 1st and include it in my 10 shawls in 2010. I'm a bit worried about frogging witht his yarn though, as the cahmere has a tendency to be a bit sticky, and I'm afraid I would inadvertently break the yarn. On the other hand I really want to make this shawl perfect, and if I leave it as it is I'll always know that there are mistakes... I'm also inclined to frog it because I don't know if I can finish it before New Year's, and I don't want to have to put it on ice due to the other ten shawls I'm going to have to knit next year. And if I frog it I can focus more on the Moose mittens too.

So what do you think I should do?! Any advice is welcome!

/ Jenny


Kate said...

Can you live with the "mistakes"? Or will you always be a little disappointed with the shawl? You need to be honest with yourself and do what is right for you. Ig you finish it and you never use it because of the mistakes, then you should rip! Good luck with the decision!

LMutsaers said...

If you decide to go on make sure you keep making this mistake as to make it not visible. All my knitting so far has very few and small mistakes in them. I find that that is part of handmade stuff.
It is indeed like the other person mentioned. Can you live wiht it. And secon if the cashmere doenst frog well can you live with using that wool again ... 1 bad vs the other bad... which is worse... only you can decide this.

Kanntara said...

If you frog, do it very slowly. I might even suggest to go so far as to just rip a few rows a night and plan to be done by year end. Then you won't feel rushed and can take your time.