Tinking back, times three

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Frogging back, tinking, rippit, rippit, all terms used to describe going back to a mistake for repairs.
Are you the type of knitter who rips back when you spot a mistake? Maybe you weigh the size of the error, and then, consider how far back it is? I believe that mistakes are meant to humble me and that most people, even some knitters, would be hard pressed to find the blooper. But I must confess that if I find I have messed up, I will go back and repair it. This is mostly due to the fact that I know the flub up is there, it is just easier to make it right. If you are inclined to leave your strategies regarding mistakes, I will be checking the comments for your stories!

Pattern: Nymphalidea, pattern by Melinda VerMeer. Free pattern at knitty.com.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock in Bearded Iris, Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Navy on size 5 needle.

I saw this shawl while visiting Iron Horse in Natick. The Madelinetosh Sock yarn was a purchase made while on my Knitting Retreat to Virginia Beach last spring. The Louet Gems is a favored yarn that I buy from Stitch House in Dorchester. The Nymphalidea pattern is easy enough to work on but sometimes I get lax and that happened while traveling to Maine Friday. I discovered the error about two inches down and ripped back to fix it. The contrast rib in blue was half as wide as it should have been, I knew it was easier to go back for repairs rather than regret it later if I left it as it was. I also blocked the section that I had knit so far in order to see the ribs and contrast. I am loving how it looks and I highly recommend this for variegated yarns.

Pattern: Wayland by Amor Esperanza
Yarn: Crave Yarn, Song in  Soliliquoy colorway, created by Amor Esperanza, knit on size 4 needles.

Crave Yarn, Song
I stumbled upon this indie dyer and this color as I clicked on a Ravelry ad. Do you ever venture down that rabbit hole? I encourage you to try looking at some of this banners at the bottom of the forums pages or to the left on the other Ravelry pages. You never know what treasures and great deals you might find. The yarn is a lovely fingering weight and the color defies description. I like to think of beach sand or sunset steaks in the sky. It isn't a color I normally feel drawn to and so it will be a unique piece in my shawl/scarf wardrobe. The pattern is a good, mindless knit and it seems to be going along quickly. I think I may knit it again in a worsted or sport weight. I like it that much.

Oh, frogging back. I did discover a boo boo in the garter stitches and it was pretty noticeable. And it was four inches back. It sat in time out for a bit as I pondered the crazy idea of going back that far to correct a small mistake. Chalk it up to my love of garter stitch, and to my anal retentive tendencies, going back via frogging back won out. I am nearly back at the point where I stopped and frogged back, and I am pleased with how it looks now.
Pattern: Thorn by Bristol Ivy
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the Almanac colorway on size  4 needles
The final frogging happened on my Thorn. I am still working on it sporadically, but when I set it down, I definitely lose my rhythm. The mistake was an easy fix, thanks to the life line I am still relying on. The ripping out involved only four rows. I didn't do a quick bath and block on this shawl, but I am tempted to do so to see the lines shaped by the twisted stitches and ribs. (By a quick bath and block, I mean that I have begun to block these shawls to see the stitch definition).  Blocking before casting off????? Ok, ok... call me crazy! I know it is true.

So that is the saga of frogging back, tinking back and ripping out to fix mistakes. I would love to hear your stories about this problem. Do you keep knitting or are you like me? I loathe knowing that mistake is going to make me regret skipping repairs.


Alicia said…
Lovely projects! For me, it depends on the mistake. If it's just a few short rounds, I'll rip back, or drop stitches back to fix. If it's really noticeable, I'll fix it. If it's a little thing I'll usually leave it. Most of the time, once I discover an error my project gets sidelined until I decide what to do about it, which usually ends up "start something new that doesn't require thought"... and then I have a million WIPs.

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