F is for Frogging

Frogging is what you do when you have to take your knitting apart. It is not fun, especially if it is a finished garment with all the loose ends carefully woven in.

“Don’t you knit a swatch?” I hear my loyal readers exclaim.

I do, but sometimes I relax as I knit and the gauge gets looser. The sweater gets bigger, and by the time I am done, it fits like a sack and I shove it in the closet. After it has hidden in the depths for a while, I decide the yarn is worthy of a better project, and out it comes. Yes, I have completely remade at least one sweater.

A year or so ago I made a “capelet”. The picture showed an elbow length pullover with a hood. I thought it would be cute for those days when you need a hat and neck warmer, but not a whole coat. It also was reversible with a two color style of knitting I had just learned. I got the kit on sale for an amazing price, and hauled out my circular needles, eager to cast on.

My swatch came out all right so off I went. One problem with knitting in circular needles is that it is hard to judge the size as you go along. Due to the two color reversible pattern, I had twice as many stitches on the needle as usual, making it even harder to judge. I forged ahead, certain that my gauge was right.

Alas, it was not. By the time I got to the close fitting hood, I knew something was wrong. The neck opening fit around my shoulders, and I did not think the Emperor Palpatine look was for me. I finished it off, because that is the way I roll, but it has been sitting on the floor in a corner ever since.

I recently found a sweater pattern that would look perfect in the colors of the capelet/circus tent, so I began the frogging. After a couple of nights watching TV and winding the yarn into balls, I was ready to go. I checked my swatch, accounted for my ease when knitting and started anew. So far, all looks well, and I am hoping for the best.

All was not lost with the capelet—I worked on the two-color reversible stitch and decided I will probably use it on small items like cowls rather than an epic cape. I also learned how to graft the ends together. This involved a trip to the local yarn store where I got a handy laminated cheat sheet to keep in my project bag.

Come fall, I should have a beautiful sweater. I have discovered a couple of problems with the pattern, so I have thrown in my own preferences. Now we’ll see how that works out—I don’t like to frog anything twice.

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