What I Knew But Chose to Ignore

Well, that would be many things; it’s how I get out of bed every morning and face the day.

In this instance, however, it was the fact that one should be very, very leery of knitting patterns that show a garment only partially or show the models in odd poses and views.

I frogged the back of the vest since it was too wide.

I reknit it.  Then I sewed it together, getting excited because I was getting closer and closer to wearing it.

Only to discover that it looked really dorky with the ribbing at the bottom paired with the flared sides.  It looks a little that way in the picture, but really bad on one’s body, since the flares really flare out.  One would not know this from the pattern, however, since one cannot see it, given the angle of the photograph.

So now I have several options:

  1. Deconstruct the sewing and reknit the sides so they don’t flare so much (at the same time I should make the armholes a little bigger). Disadvantage:  the sides took a really long time to knit.
  2. Deconstruct the sewing and reknit the back and front so they aren’t ribbed at the bottom.  Disadvantage:  I’ve already reknit the back once.
  3. Wad it up in a ball and let it sit for a while.  It’s getting too warm to wear wool here now anyway, so I have a few months to forget about it and come back to it fresh.

I’ve chosen option 3 for the time being, but I would be interested in any knitterly advice on the other two options.

More happily, my friend Lacy’s birthday was at the beginning of the month.  I had knitted her a Sheldon turtle for the holidays this winter, so for her birthday it was time for the Dread Pirate Sheldon costume.

She stuck him in her (dry) aquarium in the art room . . .

only to be told by a fourth grader that “That turtle keeps staring at me.”  Heh, heh, heh.


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  1. Saw your comment on the YH blog and wandered over to see. And ow. That’s a dilemma. I suspect that in your place I’d probably reknit the sides, especially if you aren’t happy with the armholes. But if you’re looking for something that involves less knitting, here’s another option, though possibly not one for the faint of heart:
    1. Unsew the sides until you’re past the bottom of the ribbing on the back and front.
    2. Pick your point, then, sew twice across the side band, and then cut off the flared bit (this is the point of no return- you can’t rip once you’ve cut the band.
    3. Then cut a thread in the front and the back, and unweave the ribbing from the bottom of the sweater. You’ll be able to rip back from the top of the ribbing to the cast on then and reuse the yarn. Pick up the freed stitches of the front and back on needles, and resew the sides.
    4. Pick up stitches along the bottom of your (now steeked) sides.
    6. At this point you’ll have the whole vest on needles and can reknit just the bottom ribbing in the round. If you prefer straights to circulars, you could skip the reseaming step, knit the ribbing sections separately and sew a few short seams rather than unsewing/resewing the whole vest. Although- you *could* actually not even take out the front and back ribbing, just try to knit matching ribbing down from the side pieces and sew the sides together- that would be even faster, though I suspect that reknitting the ribbing in one go would make for a more finished look.

    Like I said- a fairly drastic plan, but likely the fastest way to get rid of the flares if you really wanted to be done.

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