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Being careful not to twist

November 4, 2014

After four years of knitting, I have seen this phrase more times than I can sufficiently count (and yes I did try to think of a number.) A seemingly common sense phrase that after a while you (or least I do) tend to gloss over, secure in your ability to tell the difference between when the knitting is working and not. I have executed my fair share of knitted items, and as part of those a large quantity have been completed in the round. There have been a few times when I noticed that I was a bit off track and that my knitting was twisted, so I simply ripped out the piece and restarted (there may or may not have been an instance or two where I promptly did the same thing over again, but we shall not dwell on that.) For the most part I have been aware enough to notice and able to fix it.

However, in one particular instance of knitterly smugness (because that is now a thing) a knitter (not me of course) decided to either ignore completely the signs of this dangerous thing, or was so interested in the pattern and the fact that she stuffed way too many stitches on way too small of a needle to really notice. Regardless the “unknown knitter” worked on a project until a few rows to the end before becoming aware/acknowledging this crucial mistake. After a few moments of checking that it was actually the case, the knitter considered her options.

1) Rip the entire thing back and start over, use of expletives would be accepted

2) Finish the project, run some sewing stitches down two sections, snip the knitting and then reattach the pieces together and carry on.

3) Hide the piece under a rock/tree/in the back of the closet and pretend nothing had ever transpired, bonus points for having never mentioned it on the blog.

4) Finish the project as is and keep it hidden out of embarrassment

5) Share the piece on the blog and decide to call it a design feature.

Ladies and gentlemen number 5 wins.

The knitter faced with such a quandary was me, and I definitely thought of all of those options before saying screw it and rolling with the twists.While I don’t love the fact that my attention to detail seems to resemble that of a that of a teenager sitting through a boring class, I did at least end up with a pretty nifty project.

The piece? Honeycowl by Antonia Shankland. Yarn was some random worsted light green kicking around the stash. It’s a wool and fairly soft, but it isn’t super was near as I can tell.


The photo isn’t the greatest, thanks to the whole time change it’s been too dark when I get home to get a decent photo. Other than the personal screw up the pattern wasn’t difficult and produces a nice squishy FO that I plan on making again. The cowl is large enough ( I cast on the large size) to wrap around my neck twice, which is perfect for the cooler weather we have been having.

If nothing else this project was a reminder to stop and pay a little more attention to the task at hand…or something like that right?

From → Fiber Arts, Knitting

  1. slippedstitches permalink

    The beauty of it all is no one will notice once you wrap it around your neck and wear it!

  2. I recently finished a Honey Cowl and it’s my favorite but now I want to make another, longer one and add a twist! Thanks for the idea, even if it was unintentional!

  3. lol exactly, or something like that. I have so been in your I get it completely!

  4. Something like that indeed 😛 This would totally happen to me, I mostly knit while I do other stuff like read or watch tv.

  5. maltru permalink

    I like option 6- burn it, burn it all. No one can prove I messed it up that way, and eventually I’ll forget too.

  6. shellssells permalink

    It’s my fault. I take complete responsibility for it. I’ve angered the knitting gods and apparently you are within the zone of wrath. I am sorry. I’ve fixed my issue. Hopefully your next project will go perfectly.

    That being said, the honey cowl is pretty much a perfect project for a mobius. It generally looks really good on both sides, so it doesn’t much matter which side is on the outside. And I am just glad to see you doing more knitting, so I can completely understand the feature rather than the ripping.

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