Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sweater Fail(s)

I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I have less on the needles now than I did last week. Well, yeah, actually. I do know how that happened.

I was cruising along yesterday on my Celtic Cabled Slipover when my knitters intuition started to kick in. This thing was looking HUGE.


I checked my gauge, and it was a bit fat. Weird, since I swatched and rarely have jumps in gauge once I start a project. Then I put it on holders and let it spread out. Yeah.


That shows that a 44” vest is measuring over 50”. This is why I travel with a nostepinne pretty much anywhere I go. Vest got ripped out. I re-swatched during the Netherlands-Uruguay semifinal and am ready to cast on at knit night tonight.

In other news, I’ll show you my Sweater Fail on Pavillion.

I finally picked that sweater back up to finish the knitting two weekends ago. Counted stitches and realized I had a problem. I had missed an entire set of neckline decreases, so I was off by 10 stitches on either side of the front.


So I picked up my US3 needle that I had used for the ribbing and picked up stitches on either side.


And then I ripped out about 40 rows on each side. The whole thing is knit now and laid out in my basement. I’ll take it with me to Hurricane Knitters tonight for seaming. Here’s hoping there will be more forward progress by this time next week!


Zonda said...

Ugh..what a bummer! However, this is why I love knitting over sewing. You can fix the problems, may not be easy or quick, but doable. Good luck, look forward to seeing both!

Donna Lee said...

I'm having those kind of feelings about the Mr Darcy sweater I'm making for my husband. I swatched and everything but I think it looks too big. he keeps telling me it won't matter becasue he likes big sweaters but still.

SJ said...

As annoying as it is to have to rip, I always find it just a tad bit less upsetting when something is too big rather than too small. Hope attempt #2 is behaving for you!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Yes, we can vanquish knitter fail. I had to rip out 30 rows of the lacy back of Passiflora this morning. I forgot to do the increase of lace on the left shoulder when I did it on the right. Oops. But I've been car and plane knitting, and am just refinishing that 30th row this very moment.

Wi-fi on airplanes, who woulda thunk it? Multitasking away!