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Old 03-08-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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4th time the charm?
I'm guessing (and hoping) I'm not the first to start a project only to mess up and pull the whole thing apart and start over...several times! I have decided to make an afgan. Got a really pretty pattern, tried it and about 20 rows in realized it was way to complicated as a first big project. So I unraveled it and started over with an easier pattern.

Got about 30 rows into the new pattern and realized I missed the first part of the pattern and started on row 7. Errr! So I unraveled again and started over. Got about 10 rows in and messed up and unraveled. Then this time I got 60 rows in and noticed a HOLE in the blanket where there shouldn't be one. I mean it was this quarter size HOLE! I have no idea what i did wrong!!! Now I'm getting frusterated!!! I've decided to walk away from it for the day and go back and start it again tomorrow!!!
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:59 AM   #2
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Hey. That's more perseverence than I have. I'd have given up after the second time.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:01 AM   #3
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If you have holes in knitting where they shouldn't be, there could be a couple things. You did an accidental YO, which you can fix by dropping down the sts above it, you dropped a stitch which can be fixed by picking up the st to the current row, or you picked up your piece in the middle of the row and knit the wrong direction, which has to be ripped out to that point.

You don't have to rip all of it out to start over, look at the videos for Fixing Mistakes on the Tips page. It's much less frustrating when you can leave at least the start of your project unraveled instead of beginning over again.

It's also good to put the knitting into a 'time out' to let it think about why it's being difficult...
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:15 AM   #4
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I like that....time out for knitting!
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Bad knitting, bad bad knitting! Go sit in the time-out basket until you decide to behave!

I think I'll try that on mine next time it decides to be uncooperative and see how it works! Thanks for the idea!

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Old 03-08-2010, 11:07 AM   #6
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Oh I can totally hear ya!! I had one SCARF that I frogged 13 times before I got it right!! A SCARF!

But, I liked it when I finally finished it!
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:26 AM   #7
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You are SOOOOOO not the first....nuff said..

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Old 03-08-2010, 11:30 AM   #8
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Oh, no. You are far from the only one to do this. My DFIL's birthday socks are a testament to that.
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No, you're not the first to do that and you won't be the last. If the pattern is simple like stockinette or garter you can frog (rip it) back to where you can start again. If it's more complicated and you'll not know where you are in the pattern use a lifeline. You move it up as you work on the pattern as you complete rows without mistakes...maybe every 10 or 15 rows. It's time consuming, but not as much as starting over every time!

How to is here:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips

***One note from experience - make note on your pattern or somewhere exactly where in the pattern the lifeline is so if you have to rip back to it you'll know what line comes next. I make note on the row right on the pattern.
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