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Old 08-17-2012, 05:47 PM   #11
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I think it's normal. I don't think I've done one project where I haven't ripped out something. We knitters and crocheters are our worst critics. There are no knitting police so relax. I debate whether I really want to rip or not. Sometimes I leave the mistake in. It's something only I notice. And I think it gives my work character.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:05 PM   #12
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I think the most important thing of all is don't give up!

Knitting is a journey, it spans our lifetime...and we never really "get there"!

Enjoy your knitting! Forgive yourself for errors. Fix what you can, learn from mistakes, and move on!

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I make so many mistakes. In my first cable scarf I somehow got misaligned and didn't notice so I had to frog. Later I made another error but because I didn't use a lifeline and was inexperienced I could not be sure what row in the pattern that I was at when I corrected the error. This resulted in an expra cable where one shouldn't have been. It is very camouflaged and so far only I can find it. I asked others to find the error and they can't. Later on after binding off I found 2 purls where I should have had knit stitches instead but they too are very difficult to see.

Recently I knitted the Lillian Tank, . The pattern is easy but I lost focus many times. The lace part is 2 different 14 stitch repeats so I placed a marker between each repeat. Even using a lifeline I found it difficult to frog and insert my needles properly knitting in the round. The lifeline seems awkward for me with circular needles. I was in a terrible mess. I was half way through but was going to rip the entire thing apart as I had made mistakes that I couldn't perfectly correct in other rows. Then I realized that even though I could not get that one row right the markers at least were between the repeats and the pattern curves were still unaffected and in alignment as a result. I fixed the problem best I could and later adjusted holes in the lace that looked too big or too small by attaching them to another stitch using a tapestry needle and pieces of yarn. The result was great. I finished the tank and all looks well.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:22 PM   #14
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I have been knitting for about 9 months. It really helps calm me and give relief for stressful days. Every project that I work on I make an error! I rip it out and start over on average about 3-5 times. Is this normal at my stage of knitting. Or should I find a new hobby?
I've been knitting for about the same length of time you have. I still mess up and generally have to start again at least a time or two, especially when I'm trying something brand new... and after only nine months there's A LOT that's still brand new. I figure learning a new skill just takes time.... and getting really good at it will take longer than I've been doing it. DH told me about sitting with his grandmother when he was a boy, watching her knit. She'd been taught how as a very young girl. He recalled her commenting on an error in her work as just part of knitting. Even after more than 50 years her knitting was not perfect. Sometimes she'd tear it out to redo and other times it just became part of the uniqueness of the handmade item.

The reasons why I knit, at least for me at this stage, are far more important than perfection in the finished objects (of which there are precious few). I LIKE learning and there's also the relaxation aspect. There is something amazing about the feel of yarn and watching each stitch as it's formed ... and then seeing the sequence of stitches become something more right there in my hands!

Enjoy the journey. My latest 'new' is working with Magic Loop. Very cool but it took me a few tries and restarts to get the feel of it, even after watching several different tutorials and reading about the technique in different places. I'll probably never be as fast as some of the skilled demonstrations in the tutorials... but then again, I'll bet they've been knitting for far longer than me.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:16 PM   #15
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He recalled her commenting on an error in her work as just part of knitting. Even after more than 50 years her knitting was not perfect. Sometimes she'd tear it out to redo and other times it just became part of the uniqueness of the handmade item.
This is so true. I've been knitting over 45 and I still make mistakes. Many of them I can fix or ignore, but just this afternoon I found one. I inadvertently did a YO in the middle of the back of a sweater and didn't see the holes for about 5 rows. I dropped stitches down to see about fixing it, but because of the loose gauge I was using it just wasn't going to look right. I probably could have twisted the YO closed so there wasn't a hole, but I think it still would be very noticeable. So I ripped back 5 rows. You just shrug, say 'oh well', and go on....
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I've been knitting almost 7 yrs and I too make mistakes. If I find them on the next row I often fix them, but if they are not that obvious except to me I let them go.

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