Mistakes happen…

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

It’s how you go about fixing them that matters! The picture above is my latest WIP – a Wood Hollow Vest as a birthday present for my mom’s 55th birthday. The broken rib was looking quite wonky to me and I was wondering what was going on only to remember that I had changed this to be knit in the round (who wants to seam when you don’t have to?) and I was still knitting the broken rib as though it was flat. Duh! I was about 7 rows into that part of the knitting when I realized this and I knew I had two options: One, rip everything back all the way down to the twisted rib. This was not something I wanted to do… I mean at 274 stitches per round and a crap load of cables ripping back 7 rows seemed daunting and very upsetting to me. So I went with option number two: Ripping back just that section and knitting it back up!

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Looks quite messy, doesn’t it? And it did take a bit of time, though not even half as long as it would have taken me to rip back all the rows again! And look! All fixed. πŸ˜€

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

I’m really enjoying knitting this one up though I have to admit that it’s a very slow knit due to all the cables and patterns within a single row. And did I mention that each round is 274 stitches? Yeah, not that quick at all! But even with all of these deterrents, I’m zipping through it at a relatively good pace. I have 11″ of the body done and only 3″ left to go before splitting for the armholes (love that my mom is petite and 14″ is plenty long enough for the body!).

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Not too shabby for 6 days of work, although it’s hard not to compare it with the 6 days of work it took me to knit up the Effortless Cardigan! Then again that sweater was knit on US9 needles and this one is on US5 and not entirely stockinette/ribbing either. Yeah, not the same thing at all!

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Plus, knitting up this vest is reminding me why I love knitting so much… whenever you are presented with a problem just fix it! It will be better in the long run. The broken rib section that I ripped all the way back?

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Good as new! πŸ˜€

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all my readers for the show of support and congratulations on Folha Luz winning the Fiberphile Design Contest. You guys are wonderful!

15 thoughts on “Mistakes happen…

  1. Wow! That’s very impressive! I’ve managed to fix lace that way, but only a few stitches two rows down. It’s scary but it made me feel like a real knitter πŸ™‚

    I love that pattern, a friend of mine has made it and it’s gorgeous. Beautiful color too. Is it Madelinetosh? I’m sure your mother will love it!

  2. I love being able to fix my knitting mishaps. I seamed up my husbands sweater the other night and had him try it on and it was too short, like way too short. So I blocked it to high heavens (AGAIN) and voila! It fits!

  3. I love when I’m are able to fix mistakes this way rather then rip back! Feels so much less traumatic when you’re working with a lot of stitches and/or a complex pattern.

    The vest is coming along very nicely and I love the color even though I’m not usually a fan of blue. It almost makes me want a vest even though I don’t wear them! I bet she will love her gift πŸ™‚

  4. That sweater is so beautiful! It’s great that you were able to unravel just the one section of it- while I can do that on stockinette, the idea of doing it on a cabled piece makes me wince!

  5. The sweater looks beautiful! That’s a fabulous color! I’m glad you were able to fix your error without having to rip too much back! πŸ™‚

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