You all remember the last time Last Night Allison struck. It wasn’t pretty. I mean, I managed to fix it, but it was touch and go for a while, and way more difficult than I expected it to be.
Unfortunately, Last Night Allison struck again. But here’s the worst part. I have no excuse for my bad decisions. It wasn’t late (actually it was about 3:00 in the afternoon). I hadn’t been drinking (except a cup of decaffeinated tea). And, I really should have been paying attention.
I was starting the prototype of a sweater I’m working on. The pattern begins with (spoiler!) a 1×1 rib for about 2 inches.
This is what I knit:Allison, that’s not a 1×1 rib! That’s a 2×2 rib! That’s a 2×2 rib that you worked on for about three hours before realizing your mistake! (There was swearing.)
So, then, I had to decide, do I rip out the whole thing? Start over? Or, do I painstakingly go through with a crochet hook and change half the knits to purls, and half the purls to knits?
I bet you can’t guess what Last Night Allison chose. (That’s right! She picked the most fiddly and difficult choice possible.)I ripped each column of stitches out, one by one, carefully picking them back up in the proper orientation. Which is totally not a super annoying process. Ha!Amazingly, the fixed ribbing actually looks pretty good- I was afraid it would be a little wonky, but it looks OK.The only problem is I’ve still got well over halfway to go. I think my “quick fix” is going to end up taking longer than re-knitting the whole thing would have. Of course, at this point I’ve sunk too much effort into it, so I’m here for the long haul.What would you have done? Would you have ripped the whole thing and re-knit, or do you have agreed with Last Night Allison? Or, do you have a magical solution that would have been better than either?