Oh damn


So, here I was, all prepared to do my Burrard progress post and report that I was almost through the waist decreases on the back with nary a problem and then I looked at the photos, and yeah, miscrossed cable. One full repeat back.


Can you spot it? Let me give you a hint:


Sigh. The only reason I even noticed it is because I was going to say how it’s a shame that this dark yarn hides the details in the knotted parts of the cables, and so then I looked at them more closely, and yeah. I almost made the same mistake in the row I just knit (which is hard to see, but is right under the cord at the top). Maybe if I had repeated the mistake then it wouldn’t be so noticeable? Because it would be continuous? I don’t know. That mistake is about 26 rows back, which is several thousand stitches, and I’m not sure I have it in me to rip that. If I really hate it later, I can always duplicate stitch, right?

(I can’t decide whether I want you to encourage me to be a perfectionist and rip, or tell me it’s okay and let me carry on.)

Anyway, before I noticed that, I was also going to say how I had to rip back all the ribbing after I started the cables and realized I was three stitches off in the ribbing (despite checking the errata) because I apparently can’t count. Ribbing isn’t such a big thing to rip out, though. I actually ought to be somewhat farther along, but this has been kind of a long week work-wise, and by the time I got home (often at least an hour later than usual) all I could handle was plain stockinette, so I turned to these, which were cast on months and months ago at another time when all my brain could handle was plain stockinette. The splash of colour was a welcome distractions as well, and I figure that if I knit a few rows a week, I’ll get both some colour therapy and that much closer to a finished pair (the first one is done), so it’s win-win.

Maybe I’ll pick them up now while I debate what to do about this cable situation.


12 thoughts on “Oh damn

  1. craftmanicmommy

    Several thousand stitches! wowza! I can’t even fathom the amount of ripping back agony that is. So sorry to hear that. If it’s any consolation, I didn’t notice at all! I thought to myself “Love the cable work :)”. It is a nice looking sweater!

  2. soknitsome

    You won’t like me for saying this but I would rip back. You will be forever seeing that miscross – even if know one else really notices it, it will jump out at you every time you pick up the sweater! (Just saying…)

  3. adrihappens

    Oh man, I have done something like that before. I ended up dropping the stitches down to the mistake and reknitting the cabled section like you would for a dropped stitch. I don’t know if I recommend that method for such a complicated pattern but it might work.

    Good luck with your decision!

    1. Craftie Allie

      I was going to suggest this, too, but was curious if it would work well with how complicated the cable pattern is. I hope some mindless knitting and a break helps you reach your answer, soon.

  4. teaspoonofmel

    Oo, that is quite the conundrum. I’m not sure what I would do – I’ve been in a frogging mood, but that’s a lot of stitches and cables to rip back. Especially since it’s the back piece, near the bottom, I’d have to lean towards the “carry on” option.
    And maybe some chocolate, because chocolate makes everything better.
    Good luck!

  5. Audry

    I think the equation is: how long would it take to rip back and knit it again vs how many hours will you be wearing this sweater and noticing the error. I vote for rip back. I had a project where I didn’t and now I don’t use it.

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  7. Cameron

    I think it’s hard to find where the cable went wrong. I definitely don’t think that many other people would notice it while you are wearing it. I’m pretty good at living with my mistakes, and I don’t know that I would have the heart to rip this back. Either way, it’s going to be a lovely sweater when you’re done!

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