Ripping Out My Knitting

I just ripped out. So much knitting. So much.

For an exact figure, it was 113 rows, 112 stitches per row, of lace knitting.

Lace. Knitting.

So why did I take it out, you ask. Did I screw something up a million rows back? Did I realize that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn?

No.

I simply didn’t like how it was turning out. So I ripped out all my progress and wrapped all the yarn back up.

I should clarify, it’s not that the pattern wasn’t turning out. I absolutely love the pattern, it’s called Ivy Over the Door, and it’s lovely. The ivy motif that stretches up through it is really, really well done and the instructions are super clear and easy to read.

What’s happened is that I’m in flux in my gauge right now. I can’t seem to figure out how I knit. For a long while I knit really loose, about two needle sizes down from whatever gauge was on the project instructions. But all of a sudden I’m not liking how my projects are turning out when I decrease needle sizes. So, on this project, I went down only one needle size, thinking that would put me closer to the fit/drape that I wanted. And, I mean, technically it did. If I had gone down two needle sizes, it would have been awful!

But I decided that I should have just gone with the original needle size suggested, which was a US6. That, and I wanted it to be a bit wider, so I’m going to add an extra 26 stitches, or one repeat of the pattern.

I also think that, now that I’ve frogged it once, I’m going to put it aside for a little while. I really want to knit myself a sweater, and I wanted to finish it before the end of the year! But in order to do that, I really ought to get started now. I haven’t knitted a sweater yet, so I really need to screw up my courage and get it going!

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