Much to my dismay, I was not delighted with the finished Edie when I finally tried it on Monday afternoon. It was long. as in needs leggings long. Even my slim-legged white jeans and sandals didn’t make it work. I wore it to knitting anyway, hoping the girls would change my mind. They didn’t. I held out one last hope that Diane might … but when we FaceTimed yesterday afternoon, she agreed. I could either wear the sweater with leggings or make it shorter. The sweater is meant for warm weather; wearing it with leggings seems silly. So after dinner last night, I took the plunge … and unraveled.
That photo to the left is the one I snagged during my FaceTime with Diane – where we agreed on what the length should be. The photos to the right show my progression over several hours … figuring out how far to rip back so my finished sweater would fall about where I wanted it (gah! this part made me mad because it took way too long … sometimes something as easy as converting the schematic measurements to actual rows based on my blocked row gauge … just escape me), finding the end (after I appreciated how neat the wrong side did look), actual unraveling, and the finished result – all the stitches back on the needle with locking markers ready for working the short row hem shaping this morning.
It was nearly 10pm by this point. I poured a glass of wine and went back to my happy place from the weekend.
I tackled the re-knitting this morning. The finished sweater is now drying and I’m hopeful.
That 17″ matches the schematic … we’ll see what happens as it dries.
Thanks to all that, I now have just over two hours to finish Ready Player One. I am enjoying it immensely (it’s not amazing, but it’s very good) and look forward to finding out how it all comes together.
I hope your week hasn’t included any actual unraveling – but if it has, I hope you had a good book to keep you company!
Joining in with Kat and crew. Happy Wednesday!
11 thoughts on “Unraveled Wednesday.”
I love the colors of your sweater! 🙂
Even though it must have been discouraging to do that it will be worth it to have a sweater you love to wear this season!
Unraveling to fix my waayy back Match & Move mistakes was painful, but I'm sure unraveling a completed sweater was even more so! It does look lovely and I hope it fits and feels as good as it looks. Glad you had Ready Player One to keep you company!
Oh goodness- was there math involved with this process?! I think I need a glass of wine now!
Wow! That seems complicated but if you weren’t going to wear it, unraveling is probably a good answer.
As you know, I ended up not liking and not wearing my Edie (and ultimately I gave it away). I'm so glad you're taking the time to get it Just Right. The colors are great — it'll be such a nice addition to your wardrobe. XO
You are amazing! The colors are really nice and you'll happy you put the time in!
Oh geeze, that's a lot of unraveling. But, to make it work for you, I guess it's worth it. I do love that yarn (those flecks of color are gorgeous) and I'm betting you'll get a lot of use out of this one. A book is always good company!
Oh.my. I can feel the pain of that unravel all the way up here in Pittsburgh! Question… did you unravel the entire sweater??? Or did you snip, and knit down? I have a sweater that needs unraveling (a much, much, much too large Vodka Lemonade that I won't give away because it is knit with almost $300 worth of yarn!!)
I think it was a good decision, too long isn't good and wears weirdly. I frogged a shawl/scarf yesterday and restarted with a different stitch design, I'm so much happier. (I've frogged entire sweaters just because of how they fit)
Good for you!! I hope all your effort is worth it and you end up with a sweater you love!
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