Thursday, November 6, 2008

Frog, Baby, Frog

I was reading Sheri's blog today and she described how she had frogged a scarf she was working on and asked if other people frog mistakes or just leave them as design elements. I'm of the frogging camp, but I sometimes go a step further and just start over.

I have a pair of socks that I started in Louet sportweight yarn and I think I'm on the third time with them and they're still too tight. I have a fear of making baggy socks, so sometimes I err on the side of too small and that's definitely a problem as well.

My current froggage was mentioned yesterday. I started a hat - an easy, basic, bulky hat that should have been done in a day so I could send it to my boy. The first version looked fine, but I was a little worried that it wasn't tight enough. I convinced myself otherwise and went ahead and finished and washed it. As it dried, it was obvious that it was indeed too loose and floppy. I think it would have fit him:

I decided to try to take out the bottom and reknit the cuff with smaller needles. After fiddling around and trying to unravel the yarn, I learned that it probably wouldn't match if I tried to knit the ribbing again upside down, anyway. The whole hat is ribbed, so it really should match!

Plan B: I got the rest of the second ball of yarn and started over. I used smaller needles and fewer stitches, and I think it will be okay this time. Of course, I still need some of the yarn from the first hat, so I unpicked the woven in end at the top and managed to get the yarn free. It feels a lot snugger now.

The yarn? I'm using Lambs Pride Superwash Bulky, which I'd never tried before. I wanted to use Cascade 220 superwash, but my LYS no longer carries it due to the difficulty of keeping the balls neat on the shelves. This is a good substitute for a hat as it knits up quickly into a soft and squishy texture and it's very stretchy. I think it will be fine.

1 comment:

A :-) said...

I recently ripped out almost an entire sock - going to have to start over becaus I miscalculated on the widthwise stretch on the "sring Forward" socks. There is no spring at all in the calf, I'm afraid . . . I turned the heel and tried it on, and couldn't even get it over the instep - no stretch :-(