A few choice words


No words. Or rather, many words that are not polite.

No words. Or rather, many words that are not polite.

I have about 40 more stitches to bind off and only about 3 inches of yarn.

I tried to knit faster to hopefully outrun the end of the yarn, but that didn’t work. (It never does.)

I don’t really have much choice but to reknit it. I could pull out the last few rounds and try to knit at a slightly tighter tension to use less yarn, but I feel like that will just end up with the same result.

This is Cascade Yarn’s Knitterati Afghan. It’s a 30-block afghan that is being published one block at a time this year. I am using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn, from my stash. I spent most of Saturday (in-between chasing kiddos and trying to keep them from hurting themselves) working on it.

The pattern calls for size 6 needles. Since it’s knit from the center out, you must use double pointed needles at the beginning. I don’t currently have any double pointed needles in size 6. I have 5s and I have 7s, but no 6s.

I really wanted to get started, so I decided to knit the whole thing on 7s. I considered using the 5s, but with worsted weight yarn, 5s make a really tight and somewhat stiff fabric.

I’m trying to decide how to go about it. Do I start on 5s, then switch to a circular 6 when I have enough stitches? Or do I start on 7s and then switch to the 6? Or do I wait until I can get some size 6 double pointed needles to redo it?

What would you do?


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9 Responses to A few choice words

  1. Keisha

    I don’t have the slightest idea about knitting. If it were crochet though, I’d probably get the needles to redo. If you’re not satisfied with the outcome now … I know frogging it hurts us way, way down but you know you’ll feel better once it comes out with 3 extra inches instead of 3 less. Can you only frog back a certain portion and continue with the circular 6?

    • abby

      You know, I hadn’t thought about only frogging back a little bit and finishing with the 6s. After I wrote this blog post, I thought about backing out the bind off and one more row, then binding off a row early, and that would have worked, but I did rip it all out. Stay tuned for the results. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Keisha

        You know I will! It’s easy to just sigh and get disheartened with a piece that just didn’t finish the way you wanted it. I did a hat last week and ONE stitch was SC and not BLO. I bout died. I had to let it go but it still eats at me that I didn’t frog it and redo the hat. LOL

        • abby

          My motto is “Finished is better than perfect!” Or as I heard recently, “You won’t be able to tell on a galloping horse!” None of my projects are perfect, I’m bad for fudging things to make stitch counts work out right when I make a mistake. I’m definitely a project crafter, though, and it would seem that you’re more of a process person. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sharon A Braxton

    Remember what you told me about my temperature blanket when I wasn’t satisfied with the data I had?

    • abby

      Yep. I would have been happy with the block on size 7s, if I hadn’t run out of yarn. I did end up ripping it out. Stay tuned for the results! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Carole

    I signed up to do the Knitterati Afghan, too, but I don’t do double points. I was trying to figure out how to do it with Magic Loop, but gave up. I will probably skip this square and substitute something else.

    • abby

      I wonder, if most of the squares will be made from the center-out, though?

      Double points are definitely difficult to wrangle, especially at the beginning of a project. It’s taken me lots of practice to get the hang of it, but for tiny diameter knitting with less than 50 stitches or so, I actually prefer them over magic loop.

    • abby

      I just got the email notification about block two. Good news, this one isn’t knit from the center-out!

      In other news, I may not be using all 30 blocks in my finished afghan. LOL.

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