Friday, September 3, 2010

The Brilliance of Knitters

During vacation, I worked on the Jackie sweater. When we got home, I noticed this--

a wayward stitch! A rogue stitch that somehow slipped off the needle when I did a K2tog. I put a pin in it, the sweater went back into the project bag and I hoped that, by ignoring it, the problem would go away. It didn't.

Now what to do about it?

Ladder down to fix it? It seemed awfully far to drop and I didn't trust myself to successfully do this. Rip it back? UGH! I hate ripping back and always try to figure out ways to avoid this. Finagle a fix? That would involve knotting and weaving and not being totally sure that the stitch wouldn't get loose.

I continued to ignore it.

Wednesday evening, I went to my knit group. I didn't bring anything to work on because I just wanted to catch up with everybody. Since the women in the knit group are amazing knitters, I asked them what to do.

Most of them agreed that, given the circumstances, (it didn't show, stitch count wasn't affected) a finagle would be fine. Then one brilliant knitter remarked that since the wayward stitch is only a stitch or two from the edge, I could leave it be for now but to pick it up when I sewed the seam.

Went home--looked at the stitch, nudged it over to where the seam would be and YES I could do that! Neither the stitch nor fabric gets pulled and the wayward stitch would be nice and snug in the seam. Many thanks to C. for figuring this out!

So I'm back on track with knitting the sweater. The days are noticeably shorter and we've had brief moments of cooler weather. Sweater-wearing days will be here before we know it.


Bubblesknits said...

Ooch! Glad it's able to be fixed with the seaming.

stringplay said...

Two (or more!) heads are better than one. Good idea. Your yarn is lovely, but is dark and may be harder to see. I'm glad you won't have to UNknit.

Anonymous said...

Those easy fixes are the best! I love the color of that yarn. Can't wait to see the finished sweater, though I am not rushing you. Fun is always better than fast.

Iron Needles said...

I would go with your wise and worldly knitter peeps. I don't have to have a perfectly knit garment, if the fix is adequate and manageable.

PS It is VERY close to sweater wearing days where I live. I would surely like just a few more of the warmer weeks....