Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Frogging and Starting Over
Imagine that you've worked for months on a sweater with some beautiful yarn that you love. You finish the sweater, block the sweater and finally get to try that sweater on. The problem is.... for some reason, that sweater has turned into some sort of gigantic maxi-dress-sized blob of knitting that hangs ridiculously from your body. That's what happened to me recently - this project introduced me to the horrific world of Frogging.
The image above was the sweater part-way finished...and the very first picture shows that the sweater has been transformed back into a giant ball of wool. Fear not, I will cast on those stitches again now that I've double and triple checked my gauge, plus I intend on making it a smaller size in general!
I found a great article on Knitty about frogging as I had no idea how this term originated. As frogs make the sound, "rip it, rip it", knitters who have completely messed up their knitting rip out all of those precious stitches.
The article did have a very valuable tip if you just need to rip out a few rows - it made me think to myself, "why didn't I think of that before!". I highly recommend checking out the article since pretty much every knitter has had to rip out some stitches in the past, and this method makes it way easier to do.
Hopefully you haven't had to frog an entire project before! I will just try to learn from my mistakes and I hope to eventually make a beautiful sweater from this wool...I am determined!