neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

Knit one, purl two, recipe for a train wreck

In a misguided attempt to be more efficient, I have created a design feature* on the sweater I was knitting. Most patterns call for you to knit the front of the shirt seperate from the back, then stitch them together at the side seams. I HATE extra sewing when I knit. This drives me to splice my ends as I go, and to knit in the round rather than back and forth. Most sweater patterns also usually have some shaping around the armhole. So at some point you stop going around and round, you bind off a few stitches at each side, then knit back and forth for the front and back.

So, at a hundred miles an hour I knit round and round, until it called for shaping of the placket (button hole flap). You will of course note that I did not read all of the directions before I decided to modify their well laid-out plans. I then knit another 7 or so inches and used a 3-needle bind-off at the shoulders, then to add to the specialness of my mistake, I knit the hood up. Now I'm working on the first sleeve, and I've quickly noticed that the sleeve is much wider at the shoulder than the 14" I've allowed for the arm hole, and by much wider, I mean about 10" wider. In order to undo this mistake, I'll have to steek the armhole. Steeking scares me, no knitter should feel right about cutting into her knitting, it's just un-natural.

So while I find the courage to attempt the steeking, I will set this aside in the vain hope that some helpful house elf will happen by and fix my mistake design feature.

*read: made a huge mistake
Tags: knitting

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