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The Long Short Row Visits the Trash

ImageExperienced knitters could probably take one look at my sweater back and tell me that it’s jacked up.   Probably a non-knitting layman could take one look at the sweater piece and figure that it doesn’t resemble any garment they’ve ever seen before.  But me?  Nope.  I knit the whole darned thing and blocked it before I discovered my horrible mistake.

If you can’t spot the mistake, just take a peek at the arm hole curve.  It’s downright embarrassing.

Chroma isn’t the kind of yarn you want to block and then rip back out.  It doesn’t want to be frogged.  It clings onto the other yarn for dear life…  So into the trash heap it goes.

The saddest part of this whole sweater design episode is that I own a book entitled “Sweater Design in Plain English” which lays out how to plan for a raglan sleeve.  Unfortunately, I discovered it after coming to the realization that something was wrong.

I wish I hadn’t thrown the thing in the trash so quickly.  I could’ve felted it and created a handbag or pillow but it’s too late.  Frustration set it and then I was rash.  It landed amongst the potato peels and coffee grinds and who knows what else.

The whole thing wasn’t a complete waste, however.  I did learn quite a bit… like how to plan for a pieced raglan sleeve.  If I had to do it over, I believe I could do it correctly.  Also, I am no longer intimidated by short rows.  Piece of cake.  And, I now totally understand the desire to knit from the top down in one piece.  Long rows of purling is torturous!

3 thoughts on “The Long Short Row Visits the Trash”

  1. I cannot imagine the disappointment in losing all that time spent creating this lovely! I’m too new to see any mistake, lol. However, if you still have this piece, there is a pattern out there that involves cutting up sweaters and fleece to make neat lined mittens – might be a use for this. . .


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