One Armhole Left

I said earlier that I try to be very judicious in my use of profanity on this site. In keeping with that spirit, let me say that yesterday was one of the most fucking frustrating days of my knitting career so far. ARRRRGGGG.

I got to the Yarn Barn at ten, changed shirts (I rode in and I was soaking wet), and set myself down at the knitters’ table to finish the Sooper Sekrit Projekt. All that was left was two armholes, buttons, and blocking. I was sure I’d be done before I left the store.

Not so, my overly-confident protagonist. I picked up the 103 stitches that the pattern called for, picking them up in seed stitch. When I got to the end, I found my pattern was off by one somewhere. Further examination revealed I’d screwed it up at the very beginning. Grrr.

rip rip rip

I picked up half the stitches, starting at the bottom of the armhole and finishing at the top. I checked my seed stitch pattern – off by one, starting at the eleventh stitch.

rip rip rip

I had been placing markers all around the armhole to make picking up stitches easier. I picked up all the stitches again and made sure my seed stitch was on track. I did a quick count of the stitches – and realized I’d put in one too many markers. I just picked up 113 stitches, not 103.

rip rip rip
bang bang bang (Head meets table)

By now, I’d been fruitlessly engaged for two hours and I had some other errands to do. Plus I was on my bike and I’m in crappy shape, so it was going to take me a while. I packed up my project, which I swear was snickering at me, and headed out.

When I finally got home, I worked through the pickup in my head, placed the stitch markers, and calmly picked up the stitches. Then I worked three rounds and bound off loosely in the pattern. As you can see, there is now one very spiffy armhole and one unruly one. I’m almost done.

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  1. staceyjoy Says:

    It’s hard for me to imagine at this point the luxury of ripping out because of one stitch, I am so very mentally geared to a production mode… efficiency. That is one beautifully knit vestie, my dear. Will you put a label in it?

  2. David Says:

    Emma, I like the way you’re thinking. :-)

    Stacey, glad to see you on the web again. I really liked the photo of Kitty and the wet hat.

    Now, as for just fixing it – you’re right, I could have knitted together to fix the errors, but A) I’m not facile enough to do that without making a noticable error in the seed stitch, and B) this is for a loved one for Channuka/Christmas. I want it to be something they can pass down to their kids if they so choose. I want it to be perfect.

    Besides, it’s not like I’ve got anything else to do with my time this week. Plans so far include knitting, eating, a little bit of bike riding, and drinking. I may toss in some light reading too, but I feel no particular need to expand my mind this week.

  3. Kaetchen Says:

    Oh honey, it looks so good! Frustration aside, contrats!

  4. staceyjoy Says:

    Oh dude…you’ve got to be kidding me. Take a tip from someone who is there every day, MAKE A FRIGGIN STITCH. Or conversely: KNIT 2 TOGETHER right under the arm. You ripped the whole row out over and over again? David, I’m coming down there to kick your ass.

  5. gwen Says:

    indeed, such things are incredibly frustrating. i have been there many times myself. but you have emerged victorious, and your piece is looking incredible.

  6. Mandy Says:

    Wow! Beautiful work…

  7. Emma Says:

    It looks totally fab.
    Days like this make you a better knitter.

    What’s a f**k between friends?… :0)

  8. michelle Says:

    Well, I’m glad that after all that frustration that the outcome appears to be worth it. The finished armhole looks terrific. The neck is very interesting too. It looks like it has a little collar.

  9. Rachael Says:

    OH, that looks terrific. It was worth all the frustration….. Gorgeous.