Two thousand stitches

Just when I thought I had finished knitting the lower third of the AV sweater, I noticed I missed a SSK 10 rows back. I’m a perfectionist, so yes, it had to be fixed. I dropped some stitches, made the SSK, and picked ’em back up. Here’s what it looks like now:


Yeah, I’m not happy with it. I have two options: I undo 10 rows, about 200 stitches each. Two thousand stitches, people, two thousand stitches! OR, I undo the whole thing and knit it in two pieces to keep my interest. I miss purling :(. No matter what I decide, I will never knit a stockinette sweater in the round ever again.

What a terrible day. Faced with undoing so much mindless knitting just to re-knit it, mindlessly. And a Grumperina first at work today, too: yep, I spent a good two hours today sobbing at my desk. So much stress. Thank God I’m not an emotional eater, just an emotional knitter. I’m starting a scarf.


9 thoughts on “Two thousand stitches

  1. Agnes

    The whole sweater is in st stitch? Mmm … that’s really a bit boring! I can feel your pain … I am the type who can progress very fast with a pattern … but with st stitch, I claw like a snail.

    Sorry to read that you are having so much stress at work. Hope things are going to change for the better … I’m sure they will.

  2. Judy

    Eeuw. Horns of a dilemma, and all that. For what it’s worth, my vote would be to rip the 10 rows out and then finish in the round. However, my vote don’t count for nuttin’. And there’s another option, you know: rip the whole thing out, wind up the yarn and make something else. Then you can use the yarn later for something more interesting (after you have forgiven it for its sins!).

  3. Carolyn

    I hear you…seriously. Being a perfectionist myself, you know you will always be looking at that fixed ssk. I would rip it back, for my own sanity. But to rip back the whole thing? I know, st st is boring…but remember the sleeves and upper body of this number…beautiful….you will make it throught the st st…you will…

    Hope all is better at work. I am a stay at home mom, the stress is different, but still there. I usually break down in the car, and I am an emotional eater! Feel better.


  4. Kathleen

    You don’t need to rip out the ten rows, you just need to adjust the stiches on either side of the ssk for the ten rows that you went back! Just hook your needle under each side of each stitch and pull the yarn (gently) to take up the slack; usually 6-7 stiches worth will do it. I usually alternate whether I am pulling excess to the right or to the left on each row. You really won’t be able to see where you adjusted the knitting, especially after blocking – I do this all the time. This would only be about 60 stiches (and you don’t have to do it all at once, just a row or two at a time), not 2000! Try it before you rip.

  5. Colleen

    What the heck is happening over on your side of the river? Grumperina sobbing?! I don’t like the sound of that.

    Do what Kathleen said before you rip out the dang thing. Otherwise, will the stitches tighten on their own?

  6. Tara

    Oh god, don’t rip it all out! Try Kathleen’s suggestion – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will work! But you’ve got the right idea about starting something new, quick, and fabulous. That should make ya feel a little better. A glass (or 2) of wine helps too. :)~

  7. Stephanie

    My first thought, being a perfectionist myself (surely you remember the crisis of yesterday), was to rip back the 10 rows and redo it, but I’m intrigued by Kathleen’s suggestion. I would probably try that before I ripped, just for peace of mind. Work on your scarf until things settle a bit and then start back into the sweater. I’m so sorry things are crappy at work – I can totally relate. But, hopefully things will look better soon, and today’s Wednesday so it’s almost the weekend 🙂

  8. Mary Tess

    I agree with Kathleen et al. When you reknit those 10 rows, you rearranged the yarn that was already there and only added a tiny bit of more yarn (the difference between an ssk and k2 is one stitch). That much additional yarn will get absorbed in the blocking process and the rearranged yarn will even itself out. But as a fellow perfectionist, I feel your pain.

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