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miccisue
07-23-2008, 05:41 PM
OK, so hubby and I went on a long weekend (our "vacation" for the year) and I took along the makings of an afghan.
I can't remember the exact name of the pattern, but it's a free one from Red Heart, uses a strand of Super Saver and a strand of Symphony knit together, and is SUPPOSED to end up in a block or "checkerboard" pattern between knit and purl stitches. I started off wonderfully, working each side as instructed, and apparently got caught up in the knitting and failed to read the instructions....thus, I didn't switch over to the reverse to make the first checkerboard. It's about 8 inches long now, which seems a bit long for starting the checkerboard, and quite honestly, I'm more than tempted to keep going the way I have been. It's not going to turn out like it was intended, but on the other hand, it's not going to be hideous either. It's going to be like long stripes running the length of the blanket. Of course, by not switching, it is curling just a bit on the edges, but I figure this is for my friend who has a dog and who knows how many cats (depends on whether the kids are back home or not), and will most likely just be used as either a "cuddle up on the couch when sick", or " wrap up in it in the winter to keep warm" blanket so don't think it will matter all that much.
Am I "making lemonade out of lemons", or just being lazy? I feel stupid that I got so zoned into the knitting I forgot to look at the pattern, but then again, it is knit with love and although not the idea I started out with, one that will still be fit to look at (think 7x7 ribbing, LOL!).
Has this ever happened to anyone else?
How embarrassing........:oops:

Jan in CA
07-23-2008, 06:42 PM
I would probably rip and start over, but you certainly don't need to. If you are happy with it and you're consistent in following your "new" pattern then go for it.

MAmaDawn
07-23-2008, 06:59 PM
You could still switch, just won't look like a checker board, just like rectangles. Or you could keep going and crochet or knit a border...

Ingrid
07-23-2008, 07:14 PM
There is no law that says you have to end up with what you thought you were starting with. If you like the long stripe look, then leave it. If you want some variety, then switch now and have rectangles. You have just designed your own afghan!:thumbsup:

miccisue
07-23-2008, 07:15 PM
You could still switch, just won't look like a checker board, just like rectangles. Or you could keep going and crochet or knit a border...
Yes, I could do that. Then, instead of going by the number of rows before I switch back, I could just go by length, right? I'll be honest - part of the problem with frogging is the fact that the Symphony is so fuzzy it makes it tougher to see "where you're going" (likewise with counting rows of stitches...the fuzzies get to you after a while, some stitches are obvious, some are pretty obscured by the mohair-like yarn). So, I could switch and do that pattern for the same number of inches I did the first, then switch back, etc. correct?

Ingrid
07-23-2008, 07:18 PM
Yes, exactly. If you're off by a row or two, it won't even show with the yarn.

jheatherley
07-24-2008, 12:01 PM
If you don't go back and do it "correctly," Boston will disappear from the face of the earth! :mrgreen:

MAmaDawn
07-24-2008, 12:21 PM
If you don't go back and do it "correctly," Boston will disappear from the face of the earth! :mrgreen:

:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard: you are too funny!

Wanda Witch
07-24-2008, 12:23 PM
If you don't go back and do it "correctly," Boston will disappear from the face of the earth! :mrgreen:

What about Vegas? :teehee:

miccisue
07-24-2008, 04:50 PM
If you don't go back and do it "correctly," Boston will disappear from the face of the earth! :mrgreen:
Don't live in Boston, don't know anybody in Boston, so I guess I'll just go on my merry way........:wink: :roflhard:

GinnyG
07-25-2008, 07:32 AM
Everyone is different. I find if I make a mistake and am aware of it, no matter how far into a project I am, I must go back and correct it. Otherwise the pleasure of the item is diminished. I am currently working on Valpuri, a short sleeved cabled vest, I was almost done with the back and noticed that one of the cables twisted the wrong way, WAY BACK at the start. I absolutely HAD to frog and correct.

But I enjoyed the knitting both times around!!

MAmaDawn
07-25-2008, 09:54 AM
What about Vegas? :teehee:

If she DOES frog it Vegas will disappear... :roflhard:

rachael72knitter
07-25-2008, 10:07 AM
I would frog it but that is b/c I know how ocd I can be. I will look at the mistake every time I pick up the blanket and think "that's not right." I have a hard time letting go.

suzeeq
07-25-2008, 10:46 AM
It depends how noticeable the mistake is or if it affects the look of a pattern much. If not, I leave it, if it looks weird, I fix it.