Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I'm so frustrated right now. I've been trying to finish a vest that I started a year and a half ago. The pattern is cute and is suppose to be easy. It started off great. I knitted the front, the back, seamed the shoulders, picked up stitches for ribbing on the v-neck and was almost finished with that when I noticed a little hole at each shoulder. Wanting to know what I had done wrong so I could fix it or, at least, not make the same mistake on the next one, I asked some sweater knitters at a yarn shop for advice. They told me not to worry about it and to just make a little stitch on the inside to close up each of the two little holes. Not satisfied, because I really wanted to learn how to do it right, I set out to fix it myself. I ended up making it worse...a lot worse. I put it in time-out!

The next time I worked on it, I ripped out the ribbing, part of the back and one shoulder, knitted back up, seamed the shoulder back and started working on the v-neck ribbing again. This time, the ribbing at the bottom of the "V" wasn't working out. I tinked back trying to fix it when part of the front started raveling out near the "V" and made a big hole. It was ravelling out where I had added new yarn to knit that side but failed to tie it off to prevent this kind of problem. I learned my lesson on that but I had no idea how to fix it other than ripping AGAIN! Ugh! Frustrated, I put it in time-out, again.

Now, as I'm trying to get it back to the point of seaming the shoulder again so I can do the ribbing, it's so messed up that I don't even know what to do. It seems like I may have made a mistake on the armhole of the other side. Plus, it's turning out too long before I decrease to the 18 stitches I'm suppose to have. Does all of this sound confusing? That's probably because I'm really confused at this point.

I could just rip the front out again, down to the "V" and try one more time. I'm just afraid that I could do all that only to have problems with the ribbing again. Maybe this project is just cursed or not meant to be and the best thing to do is to rip it all out, wind the yarn into balls, and choose another project. I feel like crying! I really wanted this vest!

To rip or not to rip...that is the question. What should I do?


Life Looms Large said...

Aw!!!! Sorry that this vest is not cooperating for you!!!! Sometimes sweaters take me forever to knit because whenever I have a problem like that I think a long time out is the answer.

When in doubt, rip it out, is my motto.....but I might be too much of a perfectionist.

Do you have a knitting group around you with lots of good knitters in it?? When I'm doing something hard, I find committing to weekly knitting sessions with people who can help and support me through tough parts really helps.

Oh, I am full of advice.....I should be knitting instead!!!

Good luck!! It's a beautiful color and I love the pattern you've chosen. I hope you get it to work to your satisfaction!!!


Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

You obviously really love this vest pattern. I think the big question is if you rip it and try again will you really be upset over it if it doesn't turn out again. If you can handle that then I say go for it....after all, you may rip it, re-knit and it turns out perfect! But at some point if it's causes you way too much grief it's time to sacrifice it to the yarn goddess.

KarenB said...

I sort of always want to conquer a pattern, even if I have to try several times. So I vote to frog it and try again. Don't let it beat you!!!

Benita said...

I agree, rip it back and go slowly. You can't let the yarn win, you know.