For the past week or so I’ve been knitting exclusively, excessively, and excitedly on my Mood Cardigan. It’s hard to put it down, even though once in a while my right shoulder gets that twangy feeling that means I should give it a rest. It’s just so satisfying. The repeat itself is music: knit 3, yo sk2p yo—three of this, three of that, three plain, three fancy—and on and on. Every 8 rows, there’s a reset where you switch the order to three fancy, three plain. You can see exactly where you are at all times, which is the most blissful kind of lace knitting.
It’s my first trip with Neighborhood Fiber Company’s new nonsuperwash yarn, Rustic Fingering. (The shade is Cooper Circle.) It’s lofty and lightweight; butter soft, yet still springy and full of character. I’m having a great time.
There’s just one little fly in my ointment. It concerns the “sk2p” part of the program. Sk2p requires 3 simple tasks of the knitter:
- Slip 1 stitch knitwise without working it.
- Knit the next 2 stitches together.
- Pass the slipped stitch over.
Easy! Once in a while, though, when working a RS row, I find that in the previous RS row, I have performed number 1 and 2 of this sequence, but totally dropped the ball on number 3. The slipped stitch did not get passed over. (Intentional passive voice! Mistakes were made!) So I have one extra stitch–4 stitches where there should be 3. I can usually drop back 2 rows, make the repair—it’s easy enough, just undo 2 purled stitches, and pass one of them over the other. But other times, it gets all tangled up—I lose my nerve very easily when stitches are off the needles—and I have to rip back.
This is not a sight you want to see at the breakfast table. Putting 259 stitches back on a circular needle is not exactly hard work. But it’s not why I signed up for knitting, you know?
I can’t complain. I’m done with the sleeve panel, and I’m about a third of the way up the main body piece, which means I’m probably about halfway done, and this has only happened to me twice.
But in the hopes of saving other knitters the aggro, here’s Jen Arnall-Culliford’s priceless video on repairing a mistake in lace.
The mistake I’m describing—a 2-stitch mistake, a mere 2 rows back—is much simpler to fix than the heroic example Jen shows in the video. But even so, if you drop back and make the repair as Jen demonstrates, you will get the amazing feeling of being the complete boss of your knitting.
And you won’t have to get 259 stitches back on the needles before breakfast.