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February 29, 2008



Wow! Good for you getting to fixing those mistakes. It's such a pain picking stitches back up and reknitting them.


Hi Kelley,
Maybe it's just the relative newbie in me (I've only been knitting for a couple years, but I never would've noticed the mistakes in these cables. You certainly have courage I don't have (yet).

Lori - VicKnitChik

Holey Moley Kelley!
I admire your courage to rip'her back like that in one strip/section. Me, I'd be inclined to frog the whole panel, but I can see how that would be way more work. Oh Boy, another new thing to learn - knitting is such an adventure!


Oh my, I feel you pain. I started a scarf this week in a simple lace pattern, but managed to get a couple of stitches off in several rows, so it's a pretty big mess. I've only got a few inches done, so I think in my case my best bet is to just rip it out and start over. And I found out that I can't knit lace while I'm distracted by my kids, LOL! Learning how to re-knit like that is definitely on my to-do list! I love the cables you are doing Kelly. I'm a bit intimidated by cables myself. I'll have to find a simple project to conquer my fear of cables on. :-)


Oh geez, I can predict right now that no matter how much experience I acquire in cable knitting, I'll just let those mistakes stay where they are! You are brave! OMG, brave!


Wow Kelley, you are a stronger person than I! I would have probably just left the cables crossed wrong or ripped the whole thing out instead of just the section. Of course that would have been after about a month of pouting about the mistakes in the first place!


You are a very brave woman. I know there's also a technique where you can actually cut the offending spot and then graft it back the right way, but I'd just frog it. If it's not too many rows down, I'd do what you did, but it takes forever!

Mary Jane

Oh, Kelley, I have a huge aversion to ripping out knitting (or crochet). When possible I say things like 'it's a design element' and "I meant to do that". I can see that won't work with cables, tho.

I'm glad I found your blog. I'll be a reader from now on. Especially liked the bit about the dyeing.


I loved your podcast this week. Thanks for giving people permission to just play and not to get too serious about the whole process of dyeing. I taught a class at my LYS last fall, and that was the message I gave everyone. I also said, "Be happy with your results, because it is all serendipitous!" I love to just play and have fun, but it is not good if I have to reproduce something and I did not make notes.


I love listening to your podcast every week! I just got the March 2008 catalog when I came home from Virginia Tech for spring break, and I enjoyed looking at the tutorials and such. My project isn't any cardigan or sweater, I am determined to knit socks sometime this year. While browsing your site, I found Jeanette Trotman's book "Easy Knitted Socks" and I an now working on a sock from that book. Thanks for giving such a great podcast every week.


Ok that tangled mess is pretty scary, though seeing the second circ there makes me a little more comfortable....


Thanks for letting us see that all is not lost when you make a mistake (or two or three!) Re-doing sections is all part of knitting-it is knitting and we love the outcome so it is worth it! My grandma showed me, skilled needlewoman that she was, that mistakes come with the territory and are no reason to quit. Who taught you that lesson?


Kelley -
This comment is a bit off topic, but I wanted to reach you directly. I am an avid listener of your podcast and can't wait for it every week. I'm also an indie dyer, so I spend a lot of time with yarn, fiber and acid dyes. I was really concerned this week when you did your dyeing interview and specifically stated that you do not wear fine particle masks when dyeing. Dye powder is an inhalent hazard and can cause a lot of problems if breathed into the lungs. Anytime you have a jar open, there is a risk. Any persons who have a history of respiratory ailments, sinus infections, etc. or who have recently had a cold/cough/asthma are especially at risk.

Any NIOSH approved mask for fine particles is a must when working with powdered dyes. Personally, I work with highly concentrated, liquid stock solutions so that the time it's necessary to wear a mask is minimized. I simply mix a stock solution, store them in recycled Gatorade jars and mix from the liquid.

Also, if you're working over a simmering dye solution, it's a good idea to wear your mask. Very small dye particles can become airborn from the turbulent water, even at a low simmer.

Just wanted to let you know. Thanks for a great podcast - I love it.


Tommie Imbernino

I stopped knitting for a few years to quilt, and one of the things you learn early on is all quilts must have one error. That is to make sure you don't think you are perfect. Went back to my knitting, and knowing I should have an error or two just so I won't feel too important, I now leave it if it isn't that noticable.



I was working on a cabled sweater and found a mistake in a cable two rows down. I thought of this entry and decided to try it instead of frogging. It worked great, but I am not sure if I would be up to what you did. thanks for the hit.


Hi Kelly,
I've done this to a cabled sweater or two (or three) myself... and call it "performing surgery" on my knitting. It may be scary but it gives such a feeling of accomplishment when done.


It is always comforting to know that even the best knitters make mistakes, but more important is seeing that they can be fixed. The first time I used this method, rather than frogging, I was absolutely elated when I saw that it really could work! Now, all I have to do is find an equally logical way to fix mistakes in lace!

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