- Wednesday, 28 September 2011
The Ups and Downs of Knitting
I've finished the rib, and the pattern is looking very pretty. Exciting!
This sweater is enormous! Like a well-trained knitter I made a gauge swatch (2, in fact) before beginning. However my gauge obviously went wild once I started the project properly and on circular needles. In the comments for my last post about the sweater, redsilvia did kindly point out that it would be advisable to make another swatch for circular knitting, and while I noted this I totally neglected to check my gauge while knitting. All this could have been avoided if I'd checked it after a few rows.
More Bad News
This sweater is going to have to be ripped out and started again. For the third time. A week's worth of knitting. Despite this, and the fact that I hate knitting ribbing, I actually feel OK about this. I really want to make this sweater, and I really want to make it right from the beginning. Plus...
I don't need to cast on so many stitches! The fairisle pattern is in repeats of 24, so I reckon I can lose a massive 48 stitches from the front section and 48 from the back. While knitting I put stitch markers between the pattern repeats, so now it is easy to check that I can remove this many stitches.
It seems a little insane to be able to cut out so many stitches, but the other option is to go down to some crazily-tiny needle size. In my limited knowledge of stranded knitting, I am aware that the knitted fabric of the sweater will not be as stretchy as normal knitting, due to the strands at the back of the fabric. I think (hope) that the smaller size will still allow for enough stretch in the sweater while worn.
I have not yet ripped out the knitting but will do so this week. Any advice or general moral support gratefully received. How much knitting have you had to unravel in one go after discovering a mistake? I've ripped out a whole cardigan before, but it was knit in bulky, so not as heart breaking as it could be!