Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Starting Over: It's Not Always a Bad Thing

We all hate ripping back a knitting project after having spent some time on it already. When you have a deadline it is even worse because you know you may be cutting it close. But it isn't always a bad thing.

Since my last post, I have taken the plunge and undone all of the scarf I started for my mother. Those had been many hours of work, but I hated how long the pattern took to knit and I didn't enjoy it one bit. Despite being quite simple to knit, the fact that I had to use 2 mm needles just made it unbearable.

So I went ahead and ripped back totally and started over. I decided to use a lace stitch pattern instead that would knit up quickly on slightly larger needles. I went through my reliable knitting library that I only have in German, but the original is English: "300 Strickmuster leicht erklärt & schnell gestickt", by Lesley Stanfield. 

What I like about the book is that the stitch patterns are charted, which I prefer. There are no written instructions at all. After a bit of maths I cast on and off I went! I have made so much progress in so little time already that this scarf will definitely get done before Christmas. I think I have now knitted nearly half of the scarf in only a few days.

So things are coming along nicely. How is your Christmas knitting doing?


  1. Well done for being brave enough to rip back and start again. I hear so many people say they don't like a project, even when it's finished, but they keep on - or keep it - regardless. I once made a sweater 3 times for my daughter before we got what we wanted. I got lots of pleasure knitting, and she got a tunic she loves to wear. My one and only Christmas project, my Pwani shawl, is progressing slowly. I'm on the third of four mesh sections. It's slow as the rows are getting very long and the yarn is thin and not the softest, but I'm getting there. To ease my fingers between rows I've been crocheting a big dk granny square to turn into a fat bottomed project bag. It's a free tutorial by the late Wink and can be found via Ravelry. I'm not usually a crocheter, but this is fun.

    1. I like that you're switching between thinner yarn and DK with your projects so it doesn't get boring. I've been tempted to cast on a second project just as a change if I should get tired of the scarf. Your switching between knitting and crochet is also a great idea because they're totally different crafts that are each satisfying in their own ways.