Things Knitters Do

Maybe I should say things knitters like me do.

If you’ve been here for a few months you’ll recognize The Pritchard Sweater by Christina Danaee. It’s an easy to knit oversized bulky sweater. I’m knitting it in Rowan Cork, a discontinued yarn that has an i-cord quality to it. I put it aside to knit the Firiel shawl.

The reason I put it aside is that I was questioning how it was going. I have a limited amount of yarn and I don’t want to try to chase down any more. It’s discontinued. My yarn was bought at a thrift shop for almost no money. I’m just not that invested in it.

I picked it up yesterday and looked at it with fresh eyes. And no emotional involvement. I measured the chest. Checked the gauge. Calculated the actual measurements based on gauge. Yeah, not going to work. If I wanted a bulky knit skintight sweater-girl style sweater I’d be right there. If I want a loose, oversized bulky knit sweater spacious enough to fit a shirt underneath I don’t. I want the second, not the first.

Obviously I’m going to rip this out. I’ve got no one who could wear it if I kept going. The real question is what next? I don’t really want to start over again. I’d need different needles or to start another bigger size and might not have enough yarn. I can repurpose the yarn and pattern. There is probably enough to knit sweaters for a couple of preschoolers in my life. But for now I’ll rip it out and put the yarn back into the stash.

I hate when this happens.

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16 Responses to Things Knitters Do

  1. Alissa Head says:

    It’s good you got ahead of it though. Now you have closure.

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  2. Colleen says:

    I am on my third attempt at knitting a batch of yarn into a sweater. It is an alpaca blend and the first sweater was just the wrong choice – no structure to it, so it just sagged. The second attempt was beautiful but was just too big and I knew I would hesitate wearing it because it just bagged on me. So now I am trying AGAIN and paying attention to size as I knit it. It feels very satisfying to knit this stubborn yarn into something beautiful (again). Maybe your yarn is crying to be used for others? Charity hats, scarves, mitts? small sweaters for others? I heard on a podcast once that ripping out and starting over is just another opportunity to enjoy the yarn we bought!

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  3. I think we have all been there. Yes, it is disappointing but is the opportunity to knit someone that fits and you will enjoy to wear.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    What about color blocking? Anything in a similar weight that would make a nice ending?

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  5. Frog it, put it away, look at the yarn with fresh eyes when significant time has passed. If still nothing comes, then donate to a charity shop or something similar. Too many other yarns and projects deserving of your time.

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  6. Laura Kate says:

    When I end up with a sweater the doesn’t fit, I often offer it to someone that it might fit. Somehow re-working all that yarn has less appeal to me than gifting the finished sweater does.

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  7. Kit Dunsmore says:

    I think it’s better to abandon a project and reuse the materials than wind up with something you will never wear and then feel guilty about. The only other option is to make it a present for someone who will wear it. When this happens to me (and it has happened many times with just one sweater!), I remind myself how much I love knitting and that this means I am getting a two knitting projects for the price of one.

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  8. tinaor says:

    Been there ! I have hidden WIPs for ages whilst pondering! After reading another blog post elsewhere I realised there is nothing wrong in ripping back more often – putting it all down to experience and ‘practice’. I know there was one big project I made last year that I should have just given up on – I finished it, it didn’t fit, I hated it !

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  9. chrisknits says:

    I feel your pain! My recent cowl finish has a mistake, but by the time I realized it I was not ripping back a 4th time. Yes, I ripped that section 3 times to redo it, and STILL MADE THE SAME MISTAKE!!! After that, it stayed. No one will know but me.

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  10. There are three ways to go – obviously! Already confirmed by others’ comments: 1.Gift to someone it will fit. (Yes, I’ve done that.) 2.Colorblock, add a contrasting pattern, anything that adds another yarn so that it makes it work for you. 3.Rip it out and repurpose the yarn – yes, I’ve done that too. And my guess is you’ve already done that!

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  11. AJ says:

    Ugh I always hate having to put yarn back in stash and after getting so far:(. I hope the next project goes better:)

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  12. That is so frustrating! It is never an easy thing to do, but I think it’s better to frog the project and wait for the right project to use it in. You will find the perfect project for it – you’ll see!

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  13. Fingers crossed you find the perfect pattern for the yarn. And thank goodness you didn’t just carry on and end up with something you hated 🙂

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  14. Stefanie says:

    Keepin it real – a thumbs up.


  15. salpal1 says:

    I hate when that happens, too! But glad that you are able to recognize the problem and move on. Easier when it is inexpensive yarn, thankfully!

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  16. That sounds so familiar…

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