Well it was bound to happen, my knitting has been fairly well behaved lately. I knew it was up to something, when it’s quiet and being nice I know something must be brewing. Yes, I admit there are times when you think something is brewing and the knitting is just being nice and perfect, nothing bad happens. And then there are times when you have no clue something is wrong and then bam it hits. This was not either one of those cases, this project has been giving me grief for no reason. You may remember the whole issue with knitting too far, not too bad of a fix. Then the whole oops I have too many stitches on the front and it would seem I’m making it for someone with a more female body, not a bad fix. This one takes the cake, a really bad error and I’m still dumbfounded by it. When I was working on my Nelson Pullover I made the correct pieces first, which are for the shoulders in a nice cable pattern. I worked the front and back, joined in the round, and through all of my now small errors, knit all of the way down the body. I was so excited on Monday that I grabbed the now empty needles and started to get ready for the first sleeve. I had to pick up more stitches then was called for but I can deal with that quite easily I think.
So I picked up the first half of the stitches around the sleeve and then I needed to get the stitches from the saddle on the needle. Once they were on I needed to knit them in pattern and pick up the rest of the stitches. I looked at the chart and then the saddle and just stared at it. There may have been a copious amount of cursing in my head when I saw what I had done. This cable is not reversible, it has a wrong side and a right side. What I had done is I had oriented it so that the wrong side was facing on the right side of the sweater. I immediately looked at the other shoulder and I had done that one correctly. I looked back at photos I have taken of the sweater and there it was clear as night and day that this error was there but I just didn’t see it. I didn’t notice this until the entire body was done!
After I was done banging my head against the wall and almost throwing my knitting I needed to create a plan of attack. One thought was quite drastic, to rip out the entire thing to the shoulder pieces and re-knit the whole sweater. I quickly dismissed that idea, since I didn’t want to have to re-knit the whole sweater. The other option I knew would be the one was to perform surgery on that piece, dropping down all but 2 stitches to the cast on. So then I decided maybe I should drop each section of the cable and work it up so I wouldn’t have to do the whole thing at once. So I dropped the first section of crossed stitches, everything went so well or so I thought. I got the stitches back on the needles and I was about to drop the next set and I saw a loop. A loop of yarn about 20 rows down, so I did it all again. Then I saw another loop, what is going on? I remembered seeing a post from the great Romi Hill of her showing a technique she uses on fixing mistakes in lace. So I attempted it, if you have a weak stomach look away, the image you will see may be frightening (and because it was 9pm at night and I had just gotten home from work, so I didn’t want to do all of the nice photos).
Scary looking isn’t it? But trust me it was super easy to do and I was able to get this all laddered up. I am super happy to report that the shoulder is fixed the way it should be, but I have not been knitting on that. I needed a break and maybe a glass of wine or maybe whiskey.
I’ll talk to you more about other things later, I need to not think about this. I promise there will be more fun things on the next blog.