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Old 02-09-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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Frogging from the bottom?
I posted this in the KAL forum, but I think I might get a better answer here (Ingrid? ).
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Okay, so I'm knitting Topsecret from Knitty. I did most of the body, put it aside, and just finished the sleeves...Picking up the body again, I noticed it's curling on the bottom. Crying or Very Sad The pattern told me to purl an inch around the bottom, and then knit up for 17.5 inches...So I did that (well, I'm at about 15.5 inches), but apparently the inch of purling wasn't quite enough. It worked out on the sleeves very nicely, but not on the body. Is there any way I can fix it without frogging a skein and a half worth of knitting? Will it relax at all after I wash it, maybe? I'm guessing not. I'm using Lion Brand Wool-Ease, if that makes any difference...
Thinking about it...could I cut the first stitch at the bottom and unravel from there? Does that work? If so, could I pick it up and purl from there to get my bottom edge? Did that even make sense?
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Old 02-09-2006, 03:44 PM   #2
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It makes fine sense. You're right that you can't depend on the Wool-Ease to flatten out.

You could try just picking up stitches and purling more and see if it's noticeable, or you can unravel the bottom like you said to purl a continuous border. I think the safest thing to do, though, is to run a piece of yarn through a destination row so you can unravel it to there.
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Old 02-09-2006, 03:47 PM   #3
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If I picked up stitches from the bottom, it wouldn't really show if it ended up messy since the purl rows curl anyway (and, if my counting is correct compared to the sleeves, I only needed one more blasted row ANYWAY )...but I STINK at picking up stitches. I've only tried to pick up on a cast on edge once, and that was disaster.
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Old 02-09-2006, 04:24 PM   #4
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From someone that just frogged an entire sleeve backwards: if you have any increases or decreases... or if you slipped the first stitch of your rows... frogging will NOT be an easy endeavour by any means. Each of these creates a loop that you have to pass everything through to keep going.
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If I frog it, it'll be either one row or five rows, depending on if I decide to start that section over...but it's all just purled stitches without decreases or anything.
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Old 02-09-2006, 08:21 PM   #6
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Okay, so the plan is to knit the rest of the top (to free up my needle), and then attempt to pick up the cast on row. Before I do this, is it actually possible to pick up the cast on row? When I tried it with a hat months ago, I kept getting exactly one less stitch than I should have. :thinking: If this looks messy, it'll be okay because the first row won't show, anyway. But does it work?
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I picked up the cast on row of a sweater to add ribbing, but it was very thin yarn and a lot of stitches, with the stockinette becoming ribbing at the join, so if I missed a stitch or two, it didn't matter.

Maybe you can count the cast ons that you can see to knit into to make sure that you'll be able to find the right amount.
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I suppose if I miss by a couple, it won't matter too much. Thanks, Ingrid.
..is it bad that my style of knitting is "just get it DONE?"
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Originally Posted by CateKnits
I suppose if I miss by a couple, it won't matter too much. Thanks, Ingrid.
..is it bad that my style of knitting is "just get it DONE?"
If that's considered a style, then it's mine, too!
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My roommate frogs everything and starts over until it's perfect. I'm pretty much the opposite.
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