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the yarn addict
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  11:47:00 AM  Show Profile Send the yarn addict a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Everyone: I have just started knitting the Knitted Veil (pg 68) in Jane Sowerby's Victorian Lace Today. I have only done 30 rows but am now able to see that I made a mistake in row 7 that messes up rows 7 through 11. Do I have to rip it all out or can I unravel it upwards from the temporary cast on edge and then knit down from rows 11 to 1? What do you think?

Shalee
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  5:08:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you made the same mistake all the way across, in each pattern repeat, will it be something you can live with? I couldn't if it was in every repeat, but that is just me. As for unraveling upwards . . never heard of that.

I've frogged more stitches than you are facing and in the end have been glad I did. It is a beautiful shawl that you will wear with pride. When you have an error that close to the beginning I would suggest you frog it down to about row 9. Then tink back the next 2 rows, so that you have row 6 on your needles and can fix the problem.

So sorry to be the first to tell you to "almost" start over.

Sharon in NW PA
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the yarn addict
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  5:34:04 PM  Show Profile Send the yarn addict a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shalee, what do you mean "frog" it and "tink"? I am new to lace knitting, this is only my 2nd project and I'm unfamiliar with the terms. Other than the very basics my mother-in-law taught me 30 years ago I am self taught. Can you believe I don't know anyone in my rural area who knits? However, I do understand that basically you're saying "rip it out". I figured that is what I would have to do but I was hoping. You know, if I have to rip it out anyway, maybe I'll rip it out from the cast on edge and see what happens. It it doesn't work ... it's only 30 rows.
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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  5:51:39 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think you will be happier in the long run if you rip it out, but you could try ripping up and knitting down and see what it looks like. I don't know how the sts would translate from up to down if it was a ss or rib it would be the same, but on a lace pattern I just don't know.. Now next time but in life lines every 10 rows, then if you make another mistake you only lose 10 rows.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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purlthis
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  6:03:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would rip it out too. I am afraid it would bother me too much.

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Panhandle Jane
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USA
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  7:54:57 PM  Show Profile Send Panhandle Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You might also investigate the idea of putting in a lifeline occasionally so that if you have to rip back again, you won't have to go all the way. Here's a video: http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/using-a-lifeline

Hint: Just be sure that if you are using markers, you do not string the markers on the lifeline. Ask me how many times I've made that mistake!

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Panhandle Jane
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Posted - 02/14/2012 :  8:00:23 PM  Show Profile Send Panhandle Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And, "frog" is to rip it out by removing the needles and pulling on the yarn end. It is called "frog" because frogs say "rippit." "Tink" is knit spelled backwards, and it literally means exactly that: using your needles, unknit one stitch at a time. Obviously, frogging is faster than tinking, but tinking gives you greater control.

Another hint is to keep a very small but long circular on hand, and when you frog, use it to thread through the live stitches you are picking up. You can then knit straight off it, using it as your left needle and the "real" knitting needle as your right needle.

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the yarn addict
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Canada
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Posted - 02/15/2012 :  12:09:02 PM  Show Profile Send the yarn addict a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much Jane for the video link. I had no idea about a "lifeline". It looks so easy and it makes soooo much sense! And thanks for the definitions for "frog" and "tink". Cute. Guess I'll go get "frogging". Have a great day everyone.

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