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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Comfort knitting revisited

I'm still feeling the love for my 'oh, so necessary' bedjacket. It's giving me the needed elements of comfort knitting - no looking at patterns or charts, a big enough gauge to make me feel like I'm making progress, not totally mindless, and a nice soft yarn. It's also giving me something else... the dreaded flip.
See? I didn't make my garter stitch border big enough, so now it's flipping up at the bottom. This so totally my fault. I only made it about an inch wide and at the time thought that might be too small. I was right. I should have either made it at least 2 1/2 inches or used a smaller needle to tighten it up (or both).

Some options to fix this:

1. Don't fix it. Not really an option because it will drive me crazy.
2. Pretend I meant to do that and sew it into place like a hem. Will probably look goofy, but represents less work than some other options.
3. Frog it and start over. Are you kidding!? I've got almost 2 skeins into this now!
4. Cut the bottom border off and start knitting down with a smaller needle. Icky, but a pretty good way of fixing the problem.
5. Pick up the cast on row and knit down using a smaller needle and/or different stitch pattern. Again, this will probably look goofy.
6. Pick up the cast on row and crochet a bottom border. Goofy? Perhaps, but again, a viable option.
7. Get sneaky and try taking a tuck along the border from the back of the knitting to see if it will lie down better. I'm all for sneakiness if it works, so this may be what I try first.

I'm pretty sure any attempt at blocking will not help. It's synthetic fibers so I wasn't going to bother to block it anyway.

Any other ideas out there? I'm always willing to learn from my mistakes.


Blogger Marina said...

Sew some "weights" on it and pretend they're beads ;-) Seriously, I'm AR enough to do #4.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

Ouch! I feel your pain.

Oh, but I liked the bead (weighted) idea. I'd go for option four or seven. I'd try the crochet border, but I'm not sure how well that would work.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

I think you covered all the options, I'd say #6 would be what I would try. 2 or 3 rows should do it, I would think.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Taylor said...

I have often found that rolling hems will stay down after blocking. I vote for letting it be (or if you need reassurance, wet block what you have done now, and see if that works).

12:28 PM  
Blogger Jen (pieKnits) said...

Hi Cynthia! I'm really curious to see if you try out #7 the tuck and if it works. I have a few things myself that could benefit for your experiments, hehe.

4:37 PM  

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