The Big Frog

%$*&^#_)+@*&%!!!!!

I got some bad news, kids.  I can't show you a picture; it's too painful.

I carefully returned the stitches for the body and the sleeves to my knitting needles, placed markers for the raglan decreases, and began to work.

Not long into this, I noticed something.  One very tragic, unrecoverable miscalculation in my sleeve planning that was about to cause me some serious misery.

I knew that my sleeves and body would need to meet each other a half-repeat apart so that one side of a V would match to its opposite at the raglan decreases.  The Vs would be mirror images of each other marching together at the shoulders.  Let me repeat: I knew this.

Despite this knowledge, I was distracted by the wide rib that I accidentally created as I was knitting the sleeve.  While I was initially quite excited by this development, it would soon prove to be my downfall.  Because the rib needed to be placed at the outside of the sleeve, it threw off the armhole bind-off (and therefore the point at which the sleeve joined the body) by half a repeat.  I, of course, didn't notice this until the last possible moment.

Now, I know what you're going to ask.   "Couldn't you just live with it?"  I tried that.  I worked a couple of rows with the Vs meeting each other in left-left and right-right matches.  Not only did it look very, very sloppy, it threw off the rhythm of the rib.  Nope, no way, no how!  I had no choice.  The sleeves must be reknit!

Fearing for the safety of my sweater, I immediately returned it to the bag, and read a book for a couple of hours.  Stay tuned for Sleeve Week II (insert clever tagline here).

 

Ugh Colleen that sucks! Hope it goes much quicker the second time around.

Argghhh! I'm so sorry!
I probably would put it away for at least a month, as otherwise I would be glaring the whole time I was knitting. You are a better woman than I.
p.s. recipe is coming--life is nuts and we have been sick.

Oh, I'm so disappointed for you! And in your previous post the sweater pieces looked so pretty, too!

Oh man, how dissapointing! well, its better that you fixed it now than be unhappy with it forever :-)

:( what a disappointment. i agree with diana though, better to fix it now and be happy with it than "live with it" and have it sit in your dresser forever (like many of my previous knits that have never seen the light of day.)

So sorry about your sleeves. I attempted one about 5 years ago and haven't picked it up yet. Just too chicken. But I can't stay away all together so the hats and blankies just keep coming. Don't give up.:)jan

So sorry about your sleeves. I attempted one about 5 years ago and haven't picked it up yet. Just too chicken. But I can't stay away all together so the hats and blankies just keep coming. Don't give up.:)jan

Robots HUH? nope just crazy knitters here:)

oh no i'm so sorry! but if it was going to bother you then it's the right thing to do. i remember when i had to frog the entire back of paul's sweater -- i frogged it really quick and then left it in a bag for 3 months! but now that it's over i'm thrilled. you will be too, and every time you put the sweater on you'll pat yourself on the back for doing it the right way.

sorry about your knitting difficulties -- but on the other hand, i love your banner picture. what a great photo.

 

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