Dwelling on it doesn't fix it. The only thing that's going to make you happy is starting over without that first ball of yarn in the mix.
Sympathies. Just - sympathies.
I think we all understand this. :( Good luck.
Can you rip out the beginning and knit that much more at the end? (Sorry, have no idea if this makes sense, but seemed better than ripping all the way back.)
It's unique -- that's heirloom-worthy. I say let it live.
I see it too-that is a tough decision. Can you keep knitting it until it's long enough without the first part and then cut and bind off at the line, rather than rip it back?
Can you rip out the beginning and knit that much more at the end? (Sorry, have no idea if this makes sense, but seemed better than ripping all the way back.)
You surely know yourself well enough to know you really wouldn't want to live with it!
The question you should really be asking yourself is: "Will the baby notice?"
Please don't feel terrible... I think we've all been there and done that at some point... the bottom line? Nothing will fix the feelings until what's bugging you gets fixed... it's nasty, but it's the law of toyland...
It would haunt me. I would have to rip it.
I felt a pain in my gut when I realized what you were going to do - like someone had kicked me! But ... I also totally understand why you are going to do what you are going to do! My greatest sympathies!!
I so feel your pain. I'm in the process of ripping out the entire body of a top down bohus sweater. I had one sleeve left to do but knew I couldn't live with the blousy body. It took me a month to get up the courage to rip. And I'm not on a deadline. I'm with you.
That is tragic, and I know exactly how you feel about wanting a perfect heirloom. Take a deep breath, enjoy a flammable drink (or two), and do what you know you need to do. I'm supporting you from here in Chicago!
Did you maybe change needles when you started the new ball? Same size needles from different companies are infintesimily (sp?) different...maybe that can account for the difference.
Anyway, best of luck. Don't sweat it-perfection can be achieved by no mortal!
In the end, all you've lost is time. Thank God you still have that. Sanity is a totally unrelated issue.
Godspeed and clicking needles!
The good news, dear, is that you won't be able to see that line at 70, never mind 90!! Clearly, the wool is the tiniest bit different.
My own thought is that once that blanket has been washed a bunch of times, nobody is going to see anything. And babies are remarkably resilient, and can probably live with an heirloom with a line in it anyway.
Only God is perfect. Get over it. (said with as much love as possible!)
Urgh! Can you cut the knitting at the line and pick up stitches? You seem to have knit more after than before the line. Be brave.
I made a baby blanket for one of my grandbabies that somehow ended up with the slight bit of a crooked edge. I decided to live with it and finished it anyway. I have regretted it ever since. It actually makes me feel bad when I see it.
I understand where you are at - I would have to rip it. It would bug me too much every time I saw the "line". Good luck on getting it done, hopefully you have enough yarn without that ball...
Do you have more of that yarn, in which case you can make it a kind of border on both ends? Because the contrast is quite pretty, and that way it will enhance the design instead of detracting.
You have my sympathy. I've been there and you know every one of us has. It bites.
And also? You're going to be focused on the newest BABY who is wrapped, snuggled, and smooshed in that blanket. It's not going to be spread out on the table forever, you know.
I would put the blanket on scrap yarn and try a wet block first. And I also would try cutting off the bottom by running a "life line" through a row, cutting and picking out to the line. You could bind that end off. Sounds fiddly but, in my book, worth a try. Good luck. (Note it didn't cross my obsessive mind to ignore it.)
Can you duplicate the first part @ the top/end of the main part of the blanket? It almost looks like you changed needles @ the new ball of yarn. And I agree with Presbytera.
I have been there! My heartaches for you but I know I would decide the same thing. It is a beautiful pattern and will be a wonderful gift.
Why rip the well behaved bit? I'd leave the perfectly good knitting you've done, snip below it and unpick a row so the thicker bit drops off. You can keep those stitches live for when you come to the border because it looks like you started with a PCO anyway.
I ignore my inner knitter on a regular basis, she's so smug when it turns out that she's right AGAIN.
Good golly - it's a BABY BLANKET. Said baby is going to poop on this blanket. Do you think it will care if one end is a bit fuzzier?
Call it a Design Element, and Move On!
How about a ribbon in the appropriate color threaded through right at the line and tied in little bows (or some other type fastening) at each end of that row?
As I read I thought "what would I do in this situation?". Honestly? Stuff it in a corner somewhere and move on to something else till I could decide. In other words: stall. Of course this is not an option so the other honest answer would be Rip It Back.
Ya. I'm not happy with that part of me either. Why do we feel compelled? All I know is that I used to not rip back, and then someone will hand me something that I made years ago (years!) that I may not even remember making, and as soon as it's in my hands my eye goes DIRECTLY to the mistake.
It's a curse I tell you.
Rip it. You'll feel better once it's done. Or get Joe or one of the girls to do it for you.
my sympathy - been there, done that. I cheated - I sewed a line of pretty ribbon over the 'line' - I don't think that the baby noticed, but I did. Oh well - only god is perfect, and the name of the knitting goddess is 'Nemesis'. Good luck with it - and remember, a large gin-and-tonic is a great help in times of trouble!
I agree with those saying you should knit that much more on the "forward" end, then cut off/unknit (steek?) the first bit off before adding the border. Wouldn't it be less work? (ahem - ok, also a bit of an optimist, here)
Just keep breathing - where there's life...
Word of warning. This sometimes happens because one ball of yarn is more loosely spun than another even within the same dye lot. Before ripping check to see that there isn't another ball of yarn that is also different. You may have to swatch qwith every remaining ball t find out.
I just completely frogged an afghan I had been working on because I had made a mistake that ran almost the entire length. I can usually justify that any mistake is a "design element" but this time I ripped it all out. A friend of mine asked, why? Especially since she couldn't see the difference in pictures. I said that I would know, and sometimes that's enough.
If you know it's going to bother you, and it sounds like you do, get it over with. Then reward yourself with a treat! (And then obviously, knit like a fiend to catch up.)
weave in a silk ribbon on the line, make it fancy and love. Line. Gone.
You could cut it where the line is, like a steek, you know, because one can't really unravel from there. With a steek you could then pick-up stitches and finsh it like it was before.Maybe you could invent a different edge then was planned and make them the same on each end. The very best luck to you Stephanie, I just know that it is going be beautiful.
I think leave it - after steaming it looks less noticible in the picture...give it a good wash after you're done (you know it's going to get dozens!) and see what happens. In any case it will never be laid out flat again - best case senario it will be wrapped around a baby, dragged around in a chubby hand, and loved so much that after all is said and done it might be a rag... and the line will have been long forgotten.
Add a line of embroidery/duplicate stitch/ribbon across it in some complementary color to make an intentional line and disguise the difference in yarn. You could do the same thing the same distance from the other end for further obfuscation.
Could you make it a 'design feature'? Perhaps running a ribbon or colour over the line so that it separates the two parts. It would either look intentionally different or puts enough space between the two yarns so your eye doesn't see such a subtle difference.
Caroline M. has got it. What's the point of ripping it when you don't know what went wrong in the first place? Snip it at the line, put the stitches on a thread (as she notes, you've already got a provisional cast-on.)
(Note how the experienced do not waste breath telling you to get over it. Glacial eras would pass.)
But don't rip it.
I read somewhere that every Amish quilt has a mistake in it, because they believe that perfection is only found in heaven.
"What sort of a knitter with 38 years experience at this doesn't trust her instincts and keeps knitting even though there's clearly something not right"
All of us. It's an illness.
Maybe you could set this one aside to be turned back into yarn (frogged) at a later date and start a new blanket with new yarn? That way you wouldn't feel so bad because the "startitis" would be satisfied and you'd be really excited to go back to work on the baby blanket. Just a thought.
Maybe you could set this one aside to be turned back into yarn (frogged) at a later date and start a new blanket with new yarn? That way you wouldn't feel so bad because the "startitis" would be satisfied and you'd be really excited to go back to work on the baby blanket. Just a thought.
I don't know if it would offend your sensibilities or not to add decorations to the lace blanket that mask the line (which I think I saw in the first picture but not in the second).
If it would offend your sensibilities, then I would do the dreaded cut or rip and fix what you need to do. It won't make you any less sick to your stomach to think about it all day.
It's the border, right? The outside edge of the blanket? So make it look even more like an heirloom: embroider little yellow flowers or something onto it. Like this:
Oh, I've been in touch with that emotion. I'm OCD so a froggin I'd go... :/
It's gorgeous tho. Lucky baby. :)
And you said I had a "thing".
Is it possible to put in a life line, make a little snip and just take out that bottom section? Since you've got a provisional cast on, that was sort of the plan anyway...
I vote for surgery. The border should hide the scar well enough.
I like the design element comment. Maybe weave or embroider in a different color design along that pesky line so that it looks intentional?
I vote for removing that beginning part (oh..hey... with a dental floss lifeline too!) ... but NOT ripping out the rest... knit a little extra at the end...
I am also a perfectionist, but I am much more accepting of other's mistakes than my own. It looks to me like the line became less noticeable after the second steam blocking, so I think it will be MUCH LESS noticeable after a good soaking and blocking after the blanket is done. When baby is wrapped up in the blanket, I'll bet no one sees the line at all.
Oh bother...well, maybe the baby will be late!
I don't see the line. Really, I looked. You need to learn to let it go. The blanket is beautiful. The mother will not notice the line, the baby will not notice the line, no one will notice the line. And if they do, they will not mention it (unless they are forced to admit to seeing the line by YOU). The mother WILL notice that you put the time, effort and love into creating something beautiful for their baby. The baby will look at the blanket and see a very special blanket made by a very special person. When you are 90, the blanket will have been pooped, peed and puked on so many times that you will not see the line. You will see the faded stains of medicine administered to a fussy baby by sleep deprived parents, or the grape juice stains from the toddler trying to give a doll a bottle, or the corner that was mended where a nervous toddler chewed on it. When you are 90, the baby (now grown) will see that because you put the effort, time and love into making this beautiful blanket, their first days on this earth were warm, safe and cozy. You will not see a line.
Vicki @ 12:01 has a good point. Check your remaining skeins to be sure you don't have another like that - then do what you need to, to fix it (rip it back or cut it off). If you *do* have another odd skein, then I'd suggest knitting the other end to "match" and it won't bother you as much. However, after all these years of knitting (and especially my recent years with lace), I have learned that if it bugs me, that will *never* go away... it *must* be fixed. Regardless of the cause (my perfectionism or desire to have a "flawless" gift, etc.), I've come to realize that despite EZ's advice about seeing it from the back of a galloping horse, if it bothers me, it will always bother me, and all you do is waste more time by continuing to knit without going back to repair it. Decide how you're going to repair it, and move on. My sympathies to you!
Snip below the fuzzy part and remove it. At least you will have the majority of the blanket complete. No sense undoing the perfect part.
Don't know if someone has said this yet. But why not cut the beginning portion out, leave the stitches live on some waste yarn, and add the same amount to the end. You'll still have the same size blanket, and you're going to add a border to it anyway. You won't be able to tell that you've cut that part out. You'll just have to pick up less stitches since those will already be live.
Optomistic? maybe, but better than ripping the whole thing back.
good luck with it.
Don't do it, it's supposed to be handmade. The mother will want the blanket when the baby is born, not a month after. Moreover, after the baby drools,spits up, and poops on it, and it is washed several times, no one will be able to tell, they will just know someone made a beautiful blanket.
Finally, have you EVER looked at a piece of heirloom knitting (say, over 50 years old) and thought, my, my, I see a slight change here, that's awful? No, you haven't.
Since you have already said "I know what I have to do" I don't think you are actually asking for advice--just a bit of sympathy. And, you have mine!
Good luck. Hope the baby holds out until you are finished!
How about weaving in zigzags through the open holes? That way you would add a lovely textural design to the beautiful blanket that you already have.
Wow, I'm sorry to see that. I couldn't live with it either, especially not until I'm 90.... Maybe you could cut off that end and knit back down? That would probably show too, since the stitches would be upside down in the pattern... maybe you could cut it off, cast off that edge, and knit an extra ball at the other end?
Lisa has it right. Snip at the line and remove the first part. Carry on.
I get the heirloom part, but more important: is the baby going to care? I thought not.
Perhaps embroider a line of flowers or something there to make it look like it was intentional? :)
No, just no. That line is only going to show when the blanket is laid flat, and that's not it's purpose. Go get something vaguely baby-shaped and wrap it up. Does it still show? And imagine that blanket after a year of loving use, when all the fibers have relaxed a bit. Does it matter now? If not, then finish the blanket.
Oh it makes me sick to my stomach thinking about unraveling all that beautiful work. Sorry it is no help to you but it makes me feel better knowing this kind of thing happens to an expert knitter such as yourself and not just to me.
It's lovely. Don't rip. It' s still a keepsake. The border will add visual interest and distraction.
"What sort of a knitter with 38 years experience at this doesn't trust her instincts and keeps knitting even though there's clearly something not right"
My hand is up. And then, in the end, I would take a deep breath and fix it. Snip a stitch and put your new provisional cast on in place. Under good light. Then have a nice glass of wine and congratulate yourself on your honesty and bravery. Because really, it's all about honesty, isn't it.
Take a deep breath and dig in, because you know you're going to anyway.... with sympathy and love.
The baby and his/her mom are gonna love it even the way it is! And the baby's gonna wet and drool and other stuff all over it--no one will ever see "the line".
In the end you have to do what will make you happy with the gift. There is no point in creating something for someone you love if you hate it.
I feel that awful feeling in the gut and I think I know what you're going to do.
And very same thing happens to me more often than I care to recall. May the forces be with you.
Knit like the wind!
You say you aren't sure you can live with it. The nice thing is, you don't have to, baby does and he/she will never notice.
You know that you have to fix it even if everyone tells you it's okay. Even if you can't see well enough at 90 to really see it, you will see it.
Do you have to unravel all of it? Can you cut a thread at the line, get live stitches to bind off, and then knit another ball's worth at the end you're working from now?
See all you needed to do was write about it and you were able to work it out in your mind. Yep, it's a pain, but grab a cuppa, maybe go to yoga and get in your zen place and start a rippin'. The blanket is lovely - the new mom will adore and gush over it - the babe will be warmed by it and in the end it will be the heirloom you have envisioned.
Put me in the surgery category. It's lovely, but it would bother me forever and I'd have to point it out to others and then my family would make fun of me for doing that and...
Unless there is another oddball. odd ball. oddball ball. Then I'd go with the match it up at the other end grouping.
Or the ribbon and then monogram/embroider in that panel?!
I'm on the side of "don't frog the 2nd and 3rd ball of yarn, snip and take out the first ball" but of course you can't pick up the stitches and work in the other direction without a jog in the pattern. But you can cast on a new beginning, work up to your live stitches, and join it perfectly with a very fancy careful graft.
I'm hoping you'll say you can finish the repeats, snip the yarn and remove the first ball's worth, pick up those stitches and use the first ball for the edging!
so how about topstitching a nice little embroidery stitch along the line and do the same at the top approximately the same space ?
I feel your pain!
I'm in the cut it camp too. I'm thinking that ball of yarn was mislabeled.
Stephanie, I gave my little cousin a (toddlerized) Baby Surprise Sweater with one sleeve bigger than the other. I didn't realize this until I went to sew up the seams. My mother convinced me that nobody would notice once little Hannah was wearing it and if they did, so what? It's a handknit sweater! I took a deep breath, said OK, and sewed it up and gifted it. Nobody noticed! All I heard was, 'Oh, how adorable is that!'
So, my advice to you is: Let go and stop agonizing. Neither mother nor baby will notice and if so, so what?
Or, you could embroider "To Baby XXX with love from Aunt Stephanie" and baby's birth date over the line ... and then YOU won't see it!
Tell the baby's mom that the pattern is called "Life Lesson." The baby will learn as he/she grows that things that start out one way sometimes change into something similar, but different, in unexpected ways. With the blanket, the learning can begin by osmosis.
This is how I rationalized a screw up in a baby blanket. It pretty much worked for me.
I'm with everyone who suggested cutting that end off and moving your provisional cast on (not that I'd ever have the nerve or skills necessary to do such a thing). I'm sure you'll finish in time, and that the blanket will be beautiful.
Sometimes this happens when you get to the inside of the ball of yarn, versus the outside or vice versa, but really that baby blanket is going to have a lot more of life's ups and downs than that subtle row, I always love the Amish quilt proverb, only God makes perfect, let it be.
Not that I've ever had that sick feeling...
I'd rip and start over, although, reading over Austin Val's comment and Anne's comment just above where I am now, those look like pretty smart alternates.
Why on earth would you rip that back?! If it really makes you unhappy, please just chop off the offending yarn. When you add your border it'll fix the bottom stitches.
Honestly, though, I like the difference. I would just NOT do a border. It looks like a large hem at the bottom of a dress. If you just held that up for me to see, I would assume you did it on purpose--for visual interest on an otherwise samey-all-over blanket.
It has to be fixed. We OCD knitters cannot give away an imperfect gift to be passed down for generations.
I was wondering too if there was a way to just cut off/unknit that first ball and leave the rest where it is, like if you were fixing a bad cable or making sleeves (already attached to the sweater) shorter/longer.
Also, once there is a baby wrapped in it, it will be much harder to see.
I have faith in you fixing it, the baby being late, and the whole thing turning out well. If it were me I'd switch yarns and start over with new, better yarn and call the old yarn all sorts of names and turn it into single skein scarves, though.
If you rip it out, just hear my husband say "She gets so much use out of her yarn. Sometimes she knits it twice!"
Hold up. Do you know what went wrong before the line? Are you sure you will not just make the same error again? Do you have another ball of yarn?
Is there a chance you can unravel the bottom to the line, create a new cast on edge, the knit 20cm from your current working edge?
If the above cant work, do you have rest rows between the pattern rows? If so, cast on a new bottom, knit 20cm, cut a stitch in the offending line, carefully unpick that row while stranding the okay part onto a new needle, toss the old bottom, make sure your new bottom is 1 row from the main body's pattern and kitchener stitch the new bottom on.
It's not that you screwed up the blanket, it's just got some reality worked into it. And although you hope you're knitting an heirloom, it may or may not become that once it leaves your hands. It could get chewed up by the dog or left behind at Disneyland or thrown into the dryer by accident. Let it be what it is. It's still a beautiful gift.
Here's my $0.02, little help that it may be:
1. Put the live stitches on waste yarn and completely immerse all but the very top part where you're still working. Then block it like you would the finished product. See if it still bothers you. Maybe it needs a true dunking to make the yarn "bloom" equally.
2. If it still bothers you, consider if you have enough yarn to complete the blanket without this irregular ball of yarn.
If the answer to either question is "no" I'd leave it as is. If it still bothers you, could you complete the blanket and dye it a darker color? Maybe it won't be so noticeable if it's a lovely shade of indigo. :) Good luck!
Can't you cut off the bottom, knit a new bottom and seamlessly attach it to the upper bit? You've made such magic happen before on sweaters that weren't quite right. (I have such faith in you!) It seems a better solution than tearing out the whole thing and starting from scratch. Just a thought.
It's beautiful! I agree with the others--either weave a pretty ribbon through that line and do the same at the other end, or cut right above the line and bind off. Good luck!!
I'm with everyone who says that once the baby is wrapped in it, you'll never notice. But I'm also with everyone who says to run a lifeline, snip the offensive bit off, bind off or do your finishing edge there, then continue on. I am not with anybody who says to unravel the whole thing. I just... can't.
Just rip it out. It's terrible to have to do, but you'll feel better. Find a new series to start watching on Netflix, cue it up and sit down and get working on it again. It will bother you the rest of your life if you don't.
Haven't we all done this denial bit!
I'm with Anisa of the comments (above) and EZ - just cut on the line and continue knitting to make up for the part that you've removed. I'm sure you can pick up stitches on the cut row to attach your border invisibly.
It looks almost as if the first bit was knit on a needle that was slightly smaller. How can it possibly be that there is such a difference if the yarn/colour/dye lot are all the same? Crap! I would have done the same thing.
This would drive me crazy too! And since it will be a gift to someone whom I imagine you will continue to see regularly, you will most likely see that blanket and it's flaws regularly as well. Will it continue to make you aggravated every time you see it? Will you kick yourself about it forever? My answer to these two questions would be yes. I would have started another blanket with a whole new yarn and put this bad boy away until I felt darn good and ready to frog it and make something totally different. So sorry it happened!
Oh, the River De-Nial is wide and deep...
I just want to say that knitting is supposed to be fun. I believe someone once wrote that "There are no knitting police."
We can wax lyrical about precious family heirlooms, but let's face it: the first thing the baby will do to show its love is to spit up on this lovely blanket. Later there will be peepee and jelly stains. If this blanket is truly loved by the recipient, it will go everywhere with that child. It will turn into a limp shadow of its former self, and you the knitter will know that you have succeeded.
I accept small errors and yarn tricks as part of the universe keeping me suitably humble about my limited skill. I fix what I can without losing too much ground or making myself cry. Is there a standard of acceptable work below which we should not slip? Yes, but your blanket is not it.
Someone once wrote ""Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises." Yeah, let's go, forward! :-)
I hate these situations but I really wouldn't rip. I think this would be a wonderful reminder years from now that things and people are not perfect.. This is how I look at the mistake I've made on my daughters baby blanket and honestly I'm glad I didn't rip back..
Is it possible that the pattern is not fully reversible and you changed which side is the front?
On the other hand, I have just experienced a difference in two balls of the same commercial yarn too. The second is just a tiny bit finer gauge than the first... very irritating.
Don't beat yourself up about it - I totally did the same thing with an EZ Pi round shawl a few months ago - finally ripped that bad boy back when almost done. Sigh. And I've been knitting about 48 years. I just KNEW I could never look at that thing without seeing the problem.
Hi. I think you need to cut the first ball's knitting off, use the live stitches for the border and knit forward from where you are now. Use the offending ball for the border or not. There's no need to frog the good knitting with the right yarn.
The thought of ripping is too much.
CHANGE the center of the blanket to straight garter stitch.
Can be quickly knit,borders should look good either way and you can rip months from now after the baby is born
ask the mother to hold on a few more weeks till you finish.But I would suggest that from a different part of the country if I were you.
Because I am amused by the repetitive advice- and because I'm geeky that way, I have tabulated statistics on the comments so far. In order of popularity:
Cut off the bit on the front and knit it longer: 24
Sends sympathy (but makes no suggestion): 21
Leave it, the baby won't mind: 19
Frog it: 12
Disguise the change with a decorative element: 11
It will totally block out: 4
Make it a feature by adding a second fuzzy ball at the other end: 3
Disclaimer (comment with several suggestions I counted as the first one).
Honestly, I stared at it for a bit, and didn't see it at first. I say let it go....I like what someone said about "nothing being perfect." But I do know how you feel.
I want to see how you do it. I have a stack of sweaters that need fixing, many of which have been worn for a few years. I'm having a really hard time bringing myself to do them, even though each one would mean a "new" sweater (that I wear without it bugging me) in an ususually short amount of time.
Remember Arachne and don't tempt the gods. It not being perfect is what makes it special and handmade. Or weave a ribbon through it at that point as as slightly modern-looking embellishment.
It's a design feature. That's the end the baby's head goes so that when it's laying down there is more of a cushion. Yep.
It looks to me like a back and a front. Like it somehow got turned around at that point and you began knitting the right side above the wrong side. Do the opposite on the other end and it will look intentional.
I'm the type that would usually say "nobody but me will ever notice" - but then you said "heirloom." So think, which is worse - that the gift might be a little late, or that your eyes would be glued to that line every time you see the blanket for the next umpteen years?
Maybe it's just my eyes, but the stitch pattern looks different on the two parts. On the first section, I see ridges below the eyelets and on the top part they are above the eyelets.
Is it possible that, after the blocking, you reversed sides (what was the RS became the WS)? Or somehow turned your chart upside down (those spiteful knitting pixies flipped your post-it notes, maybe)?
Then again, maybe the difference that I see is just because of lighting or the camera angle.
Don't rip it out.
Go to the line and run a small circular needle or life line through it, pretend this is a provisional cast on. Then frog the bottom where the yarn is thicker.
Cast on a bottom border in a lacy edge trim where you ran the life line and do the same at the other end.
I'm not sure what the vision is for this blanket's purpose, but I'm thinking of what my son's blankie looks like. It's dirty, loved, and worn into earth. Something like this wouldn't show up after all the love this thing's been given. If the blanket is going to be used, I'd let it live.
However, if your vision for it is to be something special, to be used on Sundays and at christenings for generations ever after, then you have my sincerest sympathies as it hits the frog pond. :(
At first, I thought: Yes, rip out because that's all you'll ever see in that blankie. But then I thought: if you do rip it back to The Line, what would you do differently?
Personally, I'd stitch a ribbon down right across that Design element™. I'd make it secure enough that baby toes wouldn't latch onto it and then put a pretty bow or ribbon rosette or something in the center.
Lots of blankets have a distinct up end and a bottom end. that's what I'd do here. Make that demarcation the up end, like a little turn-back, edged with a ribbon or some other... thing. forgive me, I'm 80% NyQuil at the moment, but that's what I'd do even if I were sober. I think. :P
I know your the pro but when I look at the pic, it's almost like the first part is the back side and the rest is the front. There is a row on the side of the cluster of stitches that isn't in the upper ones.
And yes, like you I'd be ripping and like you, it would probably not be till now! LOL
My thought--- add to the end as much as is in the wrong. Then pick up the first row of the correct part as live stitches and rip from there back. Then when you add your border you'll have live stitches on two sides and the edges on the other two. Hope you find an equitable solution... Hugs!
I see it definitely in the top photo, but I don't see it at all in the bottom photo. And the top photo looks like you used a blur effect, so I'm not sure if what I'm seeing is the line or the place where the effect starts. Unless you're not using an effect...hm, dunno what to say.
One of the things I find most fascinating about knitting is how it forces me to consider my own views on perfection. I say things like "no one's perfect" and "everyone's got flaws...it what makes us unique" and "it's progress, not perfection", but can I really live this out when I look at my own mistakes, knitting and otherwise?
I feel like this is one of the great unanswered questions o' the Harlot, and it's a rich one.
Heirlooms are about stories, and good stories do not come from perfection.
The ribbon suggestion above is brilliant, as is the observation that the line is far less visible after a bit of blocking (it is, I promise).
One of the things I'm working very hard to learn (and it doesn't always want to stick) is that my need to make a project perfect is about me, but giving a gift is meant to be about the recipient. Will the recipient feel more loved if the blanket is perfect to your eyes or if it's there to wrap around a baby on the way home from the hospital? It depends on the recipient, doesn't it? It would be nice if we could always manage both and give a gift that makes us feel like we've done enough (enough to show our love, enough to make the gift worthy, enough to be worthy ourselves, enough to Get It Right). Sometimes we have to choose, and the choosing doesn't diminish the gift. It's ok if it's more important to make the blanket perfect, it really is. It's also ok if it isn't. Honest.
Before you rip out all the work you did.
You could carefully cut off the wonky section from the bottom. Work the border and then graft it onto the larger part of the blanket in place of the removed wonky part.
Snip 1 stitch in the last row of the wonky section and unravel it. Put all the live stitches on a spare needle as they present themselves. Later these will be what you graft your border onto.
Why don't you undo from cast-on, pick up stitches and redo just that first part?
You know, there's really no rule that says that a gift MUST be finished before the baby is born. Babies are babies for some time, and this blanket is a keeper gift, even for after it's no longer useful for the baby. Just a thought. Good luck - I kind of like the idea of knitting a bit longer and cutting off the section with the mislabeled yarn.
Embroider over it so it looks like it was on purpose.
if i had time i would cut the bottom off and add more on top then add a great border. or toss it in a bad to deal with later and start a new blanket. good luck
Oh curses!! At least you aren't standing outside without the keys this time... There is already lots of advice here: funny how we knitters fall into (mostly) two camps (English vs Continental??) on the rip/non-rip - maybe because we use two needles and it's only the string between them that joins us together?? And I am enjoying the delight of your blogiversary post a couple of days ago against this: most knitters would have simply done what they had to and kept mum about it but not you - that's why we all read your postings and buy your books!!! Looking forward to seeing the result - should be good for a couple of posts, right? And watch out for another ball of weirdness!
How about sticking a lifeline in at that point and ripping back (or snipping and ripping) to that point? Then you would only have a few inches to deal with.
If you ever do figure out what caused the line, do tell!
Oh MAN!! We've all been there, for me those projects are in the back of the closet hogging up all the knitting needles.
I am sorry but I agree with Snarglemom. I see a difference in the pattern. Like she said...front/back. On my computer pic, the lower bottom has a ridge of stitches on the right hand side of the stitch pattern that I don't see looking above the line. That being said, it is a beautiful baby blanket and one that won't be dissected like we are doing so do what you feel is best. know when I make things for others, I can't stand to give them something that I know isn't "perfect".
I have a sort of similar problem finishing up a sweater with just enough to finish the last sleeve! Not even enough for a belt or seaming! So I'm thinking of ripping the back a bit to get the seaming yarn and using a variegated yarn to fill and do the cuffs, belt. That line...you'd be probably wouldn't see at age 90...you'd just see loveliness!
Finish it - gift it (on time) - then make another (perfect) blanket for the lucky recipient.
WAIT!! It looks like you have a provisional CO at the bottom...what if you simply detach the first ball of yarn from where you added the second, thus removing the offending ball yet preserving the stitches you will need for the border? There may be some fudging to get the repeats right but that's better than ripping the whole thing, then you can choose to use the offending ball for the border, or not, as it has...problems.
Keep going - and then overdye it in a lovely color. :-) You'll be done before you know it!
Me I'd hope you would leave it as is... It adds a story to the shawl for many generations, that everyone is not perfect, life isn't perfect.
The Amish make a mistake in each quilt on purpose which comes from the idea that since only God is perfect, making a perfect quilt is prideful. Thus the "humility block".
Me I'd hope you would leave it as is... It adds a story to the shawl for many generations, that everyone is not perfect, life isn't perfect.
The Amish make a mistake in each quilt on purpose which comes from the idea that since only God is perfect, making a perfect quilt is prideful. Thus the "humility block".
Oh no! I am so sorry. How deeply frustrating.
You're probably not looking for advice. You'll go your own way, which is just how it should be. I do have one thought though - that is that if you decide to frog and reknit, the very worst thing that can happen is that the baby will be born before the blanket is finished. I know that you hold onto the anxious suspicion that the baby can't or won't be born until the blanket is ready - but truly the baby will be born when the baby is ready, not before and not after. Babies are wise in that way, if we let them be.
I am sure it will be a perfect baby. I am sure it will be a beautiful blanket, and I am sure the two will go together for decades to come - in whatever form the blanket ultimately takes.
In the meantime there's a reason we practice breathing through the harder poses in yoga. It's so we know how to breathe through the harder parts of life. And if breathing isn't calming enough at least you'll have inhaled prior to letting out a good scream.
I feel your pain. I started a cowl last week for my sister (no pattern, just a picture) and I knitted on it for 5 hrs, feeling the whole time that it was going to be way too wide, but I just kept on knitting. Then I took it off the circular needles to look and it and ended up ripping it out and starting over. I hate wasting my time, especially on something as boring as seed stitch. I really like the suggestions about adding the ribbon. Also, I agree that after the blanket is washed several times, the line won't be obvious. Good luck!!
It's the mark of a handmade item. I look for these imperfections now that "handmade" is chc.
And, really, how many times is this blanket going to be spread out into a big square? It's life will be spent wrapped around children and (occasionally, but not too frequently), folded into a drawer.
Hm, from the photo it looks to me like you changed needle sizes after the first ball...is that possible?
I agree with the idea of just ripping out the beginning and the offending ball of yarn, rather than what you've knit in the last two weeks!
I have about 3 months experience knitting instead of 38 years (I tried on and off for years but this time it 'clicked'). I have nothing to offer on that front. But I do have a point about what the word "Heirloom" means. **Heirloom does not mean perfect and without flaws or variations.** For those people who are incredibly fortunate enough to own something made more than 1 or 2 generations ago, it is treasured because of its history, not because of its perfection (of course it's usually beautiful or well done, something that was cared for and saved, not used up and scrapped). My ancestors were not wealthy. They were hard working farmers. I am reasonably sure that my ancestors would consider obsessing about stuff like dye lot numbers a luxury beyond their grasp. Suggesting you were thinking of ripping out perfectly good knitting and not using perfectly good wool just because "it doesn't look exactly the same as the other balls" would have likely been met with horror at the wastefulness. Real live sheep have variation. Hand spun and dyed wool has variations. Handcrafted items have variations. That's why they are so valuable to us. You didn't make any errors or mistakes. Why is "sameness" so much more valuable to you that uniqueness? That being said, as a person with perfectionist tendencies raised by a perfectionist, I *totally* understand the impulse.
OK. I previously said 'embroider over it so it looks like it was on purpose' but obviously I was trying to make the best of it for you. But honesty forces me to admit that, if it were me, I wouldn't be able to hand it over that way. Too detail-oriented/perfectionist, etc. Although if I were to be on the receiving end I would instead be thrilled. My usual response to a recalcitrant knitting project is to punish it in some way. A lesser form of punishment would be 'putting it on probation' which means sticking it somewhere out of sight, out of mind until I have either forgotten about it or lost it permanently. A more serious (and final) form of punishment would be to simply put it on the compost pile, with possibly a mild curse, snort or full verbal neener. Hope this helps.
Can you run a lifeline and cut it, bind it off, and just add the difference into the top? I really hope you come up with a solution that isn't tearing out all that work!
Been there, done that. After 50+ years of knitting I know if it's making me think about it, it's time to rip it out and start over.
When the blanket is all chewed and loved to death after years, no one is going to know there was a slight line. I'm an experienced knitter and really, do you think the baby is going to care? The baby is going to adopt that blanket as a favorite, drool on it, throw up on it, drag it around like Linus and no one will care there is a line in it. I would finish it.
Ribbon, works great when you need a quick fix. Looks like you could just weave a beautiful ribbon through and tack it down. Just an idea.
We all know that living with that is not possible. Just amputate the early part and keep on going. Years ago I knit a Rowan Denim sweater that ended up striping when washed...all the same dye lot for sure but not the same yarn being dyed. They sent me new yarn...carefully sorted through the bag as not all skeins in that bag were the same yarn, about half were softer. The sweater is a camping sweater now but it still annoys me.
oh, and I meant to mention what I kids say when I exclaim over a mistake "but that's how you know it's homemade mom"
I would at least shoot off a nastygram to the yarn company!
No Way- do not rip that beautiful blanket! I see 'it' in the top picture, and not in the bottom. I wonder too if it isn't just the thickness of the yarn, and I say 'it' is a totally handmade charm- reminds me too about how the Amish always make sure there is a 'mistake' in their beautiful & simple quilts, so that God won't think they take themselves too seriously. I am not really taking a religious view here but still I think it's a nice idea. Pretty much no one is going to doubt the magic and charm of your knitting, now or in the distant future. Your knitting has changed the world, Woman!
(PS I accidently posted this to yesterday's comments so I copied it here too! Kind of appropriate since we're talking mistakes.)
I'm thinking that maybe you need to get a little bit philosophical about it. One side of me (that says rip it back) says that the baby deserves to have every adult strive for perfection when it comes to his or her life. The other side of me (that says leave it) says that the baby will learn in a beautiful way that you can love and be loved by anything and anyone regardless of how perfect (or imperfect) they are.
So, in other words, I have no idea what you should do.
I understand how you feel, but I would try weaving a ribbon through and make it look intentional.
Bottom line: it was made with love and it will be cherished regardless.
I think the idea of adding a lovely little ribbon sewn along that line, and again an equal distance from the opposite edge is perfect.
If you DO think you can life with it otherwise, it could totally be a design element. Perhaps that's the "top" of the blanket, and that line denotes where you'd fold the edge over neatly! If it ends up long enough, you could just fold it over at that point and tack down the edges real fast. =)
Is it possible that it's not the yarn? Looking at the close up picture, it looks like the ssk's are more visible in the bottom part, and I don't see them in the top part. Could you have started with the wrong row of the pattern when you changed yarn? Since it's garter stitch, it would not have been noticeable at first. It just looks to me like the decreases are visible on the bottom and not on the top.
Does this make any sense??
Oh how I know that pain, and that perfectionist curse, because I too would have to rework it without the offending ball of yarn and my fingers ache for you.
Knit on and cut off the offending bit, think of it as an extra extra extra long provisional cast-on. Maybe unravel the offending part after it has been amputated and (if possible) use it in the border. That part is different so maybe it can be worked in.
You could leave it alone and finish it -- that's a valid option. This problem is strictly aesthetic, after all. Does it change how soft the blanket is to the baby wrapped in it? No. Does it change how warm it will be? No. After a couple generations and washes who knows? Maybe it will wear out and look even over time. If that's something you can live with, then great -- it is still a carefully handmade baby blanket and a great thing to start a family on. Do you know any families that are perfect? I don't. The blanket is beautiful, the baby will be beautiful and the honest truth is that it would be fine.
On the other hand... :D If you don't think you can live with it, then take it back and work it again without the offending ball of yarn. Even if it's late, that baby is still going to need it. Next time, you'll know to trust your instincts and stop.
Beautiful pattern and work, by the way!
I am a lurker, but I had to comment, it is so beautiful, and babies do have a habit of messing things up, let it lie, it is perfect in it's imperfection
Definitively do not rip the hole thing. Take out the bottom (if possible unrever from the cast on - it looks provisional, if not just snip the yarn at the skein change line and separate tha different part). Then knit on to make up the lenght.
Is it a color thing or a texture thing? Hard to tell from the photo.
Can you dye the whole thing in tea to even out the color?
My heart BREAKS for you. This has happened to me with a sweater. TWICE. It's an aggravation.
I like the suggestion of Hilly Jacklin above - knit on and cut off the beginning. Sounds like solid EZ kind of advice!
A) I have a cataract in one eye that should be removed & I can see the line, so it may be more noticeable than you think; B) what knitter sees something wrong with a project & keeps on knitting? Just about all of us I'd guess. I sure do & I've been knitting for close to 50 years. C) should you rip it out? I'd say yes - unless you could just remove the first 4-6" & reknit in yarn from a matching ball, then Kitchener the 2 pieces together. It's not something I'd ever do but you have way more patience for doing stuff like that. I really think you'll regret it for the rest of your days if you just finish it. Not that I'd suggest that for all such situations. Usually I'd probably say just finish it & give it to the recipient - probably no one who's not a knitter would notice. But, since you are giving this to a close relative & view it as an heirloom, you probably would never forgive yourself & that's what's important.
What about dyeing it with a tea type dye, just enough to take off the variation.....I would be agonizing like you but I think I would let it go - depends who it's for and since it's probably a family member, then I would try to fix it too.
Come on Stephanie, use the lace, make it a design feature...run a contrasting ribbon from side to side at that line.
run a satin ribbon through the eyelets at that line/spot bows at each end!
POOF - design element
NOOOOOOOOO!!! Don't cut it!
A mistake in the blanket shows that an acutal human being knit this and not made by a machine. It is also a good reminder (and humbling) for anyone to remember that little imperfections are what makes us human, even though we strive for perfection. People will still love the blanket all the same if not more.
I suggest weaving a satin ribbon across the blanket at THE LINE. It will make a decorative addition and by quite stylish too.
I am part of a small group called The Crafty Sharks. Why 'sharks'? Because we ONLY move FORWARD >>>>>..>..>....>....>.....>>
Dude. Don't rip it. Please.
It might be less noticeable with a full-immersion bath. Or two. It's just gonna get puked on, and by the time you are 90 it will have had many, many, many baths. It won't be noticeable. Leave it.
I'm in the group that says "Rip the different section off" instead of ripping back the larger area.
No baby can come before his/her blanket is done, so don't prolong Momma's misery!
I like to add an equal and opposite screw-up to the other end of my work, to make it symmetrical. The goal being to make the mistake look intentional. Sometimes it works. Good luck!
Could you get more of the first yarn? I might measure the distance from CO to line (call it "Y"), then continue knitting until the object is full length minus Y. Then switch back to the first yarn, to make it look like a border? Just a thought.
If you're going to frog, I say keep the larger portion (which seems to be yarn #2), and frog the lesser. Snip, pick out, and bind off at the point where the line is, then keep knitting in yarn #2!
First, before you do anything drastic, check all the remaining balls of yarn and see if one of them has yarn a wee bit thicker then the rest. Then save it and use it on the other end of the blanket. At that point, it's not a line, but a design element.
The amount of water/steam that you use makes a HUGE difference in how much the yarn will 'poof' after blocking. If you have used more steam the first time than the second, you will still see the line, albeit to a lesser degree. Before ripping back, try wet blocking by submerging in water and then taking a look after it is dry.
If you wanted something so perfect that it looks like a machine made it, you would have bought a blanket at the Gap. This is part of what makes a beautiful handmade gift.
However, I've been reading your blog long enough to believe that you'll rip it out, so you better start soon!
It seems from the comments that there are two different kinds of knitters... Unfortunately I'm in your camp and also would ignosre, proceed, then not be able to leave it be. I'd be able to see it from across the room WITH the beautiful baby wrapped in it! Rip away..
If it helps I just ripped completely a sweater that had been ripped back several times in an attempt to make it fit right without success! I feel your pain!
Finish the blanket and donate it to a woman's shelter... they will LOVE it. Knit another for your gift. Win-Win
I have read the comments, and at first I thought let it be -- Presbytera and I always agree! Then I looked at that first picture, and I began to doubt myself. If you have plenty of yarn, and no other defective skeins, I might cut the first bit off. No way would I start over!! The blankets end up looking like absolute hell in about 6 months anyway.
What a shame! All the anxiety is almost worse than the ripping.
You're only 12 rows from the end???? Why not knit the remaining 12 rows, then thoroughly block the whole thing. In fact, give it a good wash, then block it out. If at that point you can still see the line, then you can either give it to Goodwill and knit another, or do what everybody else has been saying and cut off the bottom and re-knit (though personally I think that might leave another line, real or imaginary).
Or - and this is what I would do - embrace the line. Cross-stitch or in some other way apply a line of stitching down the line, and put another one the same distance away from the top edge. Maybe add lines down the vertical eges, too. Use the line as an opportunity to add some extra imagination to your blankie.
I add my voice to the 'Don't rip' faction -- all the same grounds -- heirloom doesn't mean perfect, baby will puke on it, handmade means not machine perfect, only God does perfect stuff, All That Work, not that noticeable, etc. Count me in on all of these very good reasons.
And I'll add one: if you do rip, half the Blog will have to go and lie down and probably have a Very Bad Day ....
You've made some wonderful and clever knitting surgery before. Could you cut the blanket along the line (with stitches on a holder or something), unravel the line, then pick up the stitches or knit a bottom section and kitchner them together? That would keep you from having to unravel the whole blanket.
It is a beautiful blanket. But I agree with a poster above, it looks like you flipped the chart at that point, the scallop points are pointing up to that point, then they point down. But maybe that is from the blocking and the curves are looser there. Either way, can you keep it as a design element and do something a little different in the border to enhance the line, as though you did it on purpose? Good luck and no matter what you do, it will be a much loved baby blanket!
Run a lifeline, cut, and move on.
As an aside, I've had the exact same issue with an acrylic yarn. Weirdly, the larger balls sold at WalMart had fatter yarn than the smaller balls sold at the craft store. I finished the afghan, but it really messed with my sewing up. And yeah, they were supposed to be the same yarn.
It seems from the comments that there are two different kinds of knitters... Unfortunately I'm in your camp and also would ignore, proceed, then not be able to leave it be. I'd be able to see it from across the room WITH the beautiful baby wrapped in it! Rip away..
If it helps I just ripped completely a sweater that had been ripped back several times in an attempt to make it fit right without success! I feel your pain!
At my age, and in the interest of less stress, I think I'd go with the reality that this lovely heirloom is going to be abused with love. Pee, poop, and puke are all going to have their way with it. And so, I would have a drink (or several) and carry on as usual, not letting the slight difference bother me overmuch. In my younger, more perfectionistic days, I'd have chosen a different path. Older, and hopefully, wiser, I don't think the line is going to matter to baby or mom. And seriously, the blanket will be enjoyed and appreciated, but all eyes are going to be on the baby!
I would leave it alone. If you have another skein of defective yarn, then use it on the other end, so it looks deliberate. After it is washed a jillion times, chewed on, wet on, etc., it will still be fine.
On the other hand, if you have NOTHING else to do, and want to indulge yourself, go for it. However, I would not bother. The mom will be excited enough (if she has not read your blog), that she won't care. Unfortunately, now that you have 'outed' yourself on the internet, it may have to be fixed.
Would it be possible to start again, on a new set of needles, cut off the offending bit and then graft the two together?
Of course, saying this, and seeing all the yarn-overs makes me very dizzy and I know it's likely something for Mission Impossible: Yarn Protocol, but one can dream.
Rip it out. You know it will drive you crazy.
I can clearly see that where you went wrong is you said it out loud.
I am with the Blog. Snip the spot where the first ball ends, rethread a lifeline, and treat that row as your original provisional CO. Keep knitting at top to replace the lost repeats.
Make baby mittens out of the offending first ball.
You deserve to look lovingly at the baby and the blanket with no angst!
Thank goodness I've seen your clever mid-fabric cuts and fixes - you've definitely got the skills to handle this annoyance. Good luck and may the force be with your remaining balls of wool.
I've convinced myself that these mistakes are where the good spirits come in. I say keep the blessing! xov
ok-I'm a developmental psychologist so here's my take. The 'line' as you call it is a symbol, it's an important reference to how we progress through life. For a short period you'll be a baby and the world recognizes you as a baby. You'll change a little bit every day and no one will notice that suddenly your a kid or a teenager or an adult. It's subtle but it's there. You can see the progression of the same person who is connected to who they are as a baby to who they end up becoming but there are phases to life that are important and worth noticing the transition and the line represents that. A little bit as a sweet baby or child and then most of your life as an adult who is still connected to that little baby but looks a bit different. And all along the way you're blanket is there to wrap that baby and the adult they become in warmth and love.
Looking at the pattern on each side of the "line" it looks like a decrease has moved from the left side of a yarn over to the right side. But the yarn of the first ball does look fluffier. I would take off the offending section, work them at the end.
You know, it looks to me like the bottom section "bloomed" quite a bit with your first round of steam blocking. I've had that happen. I'd finish the blanket and put it on a piece of scrap yarn, give it the full dunk and soak treatment, and see what happens. If it's still effed up, then I'd take off the bottom section, and bind off there. Then I'd go back to the top and pick it up off the scrap yarn, and finish knitting from there. Good luck.
Can you disguise the line by running a row of satin ribbon through the lacey holes at the line? You could even put little bows on the ribbon, say at the ends and in the center. (I call this a "design opprtunity" not a mistake, or problem to resolve.). Creating a visual distraction in other words. Good luck!
If you have enough yarn left, you could knit an extra 20 cm & cut off the bottom part.
My last project gave me fits & starts, too. At least now I know I'm in good company!
I'm with Anne at January 26, 2012 1:44 PM, finish it, donate it and knit another.
I'm a perfectionist too and not being a good enough knitter to figure out what else to do to fix it, I'd probably have a glass of wine, cry a little, and rip it back. I'm sure it would bother me every time I looked at it if I didn't. Funny how things like that can happen in knitting for no apparent reason (same yarn, dye lot, etc.)
Personally I would leave it. Do we hand knit to make something that looks store bought? Will the recipient notice? It is still a beautiful blanket that some bundle of joy is going to puke on.
I too am a perfectionist and I can only say this because it is not my project that I would rip back ;-)
Leave it. Uniqueness = heirloom. I prefer the blanket from my grandmother that is highly imperfect and well worn to the perfect blankets I can purchase. It's even horrible colors. I still cherish it.
Oh, my goodness, I am astonished at how many of your commenters are encouraging you to do something about the line. I pretty well love you, and your family, and everyone who actually knows you knows what an accomplished knitter you are. But, truly, it might be awesome for you to let this be. Take it with you to yoga (the 'idea' of the blanket) and breathe in ... breathe out. Pretend you're Hopi, or Amish, or even a Physicist, all of whom know.. there truly is no such thing as perfection. Symmetry is way over-rated. It's the uniqueness that makes everything valuable. Including you. And your blanket. It's beautiful ....just the way it is.
Hide it in the closet right now and start something else. For example, babies probably need mittens, especially to keep from scratching their faces. Lots of cute, little, lovely mittens.
Can you pick up a row of stitches just above the line, cut away the section underneath, and use the picked-up stitches as your new first row? If so, then you can keep knitting until there's enough lace measuring from your new starting spot.
http://voices.yahoo.com/purposeful-imperfections-navajo-art-10154229.html Call it a purposeful imperfection like the Navajo.
As a knitter I see your boggle, however as a person that has been on the receiving end of several handmade baby blankets, I respectfully disagree.
I was so thrilled and delighted that anyone took time to make my son something. Those blankies are precious. They have been abused, made into tents, wrapped dolls up, whizzed on you name it.
In a million years I would NEVER have wanted anyone who made such a thing for my babies to go back and repeat work already done for the sake of a very smallish line of difference in yarn. I value the time of all my friends, I know how precious that is.
If you cannot live with it because it is something that you knit that is another issue I think. I would rest assured knowing that neither the mother nor the baby would mind.
Speaking collectively, WE all knew what was going to happen from the very beginning. So glad you could join us. :)
Stiff upper lip. Its an heirloom, and you're a pro. But if you're like me you'll actually shed a few tears of frustration. I'll think of you while I'm tinking my Orenburg cobweb, and won't feel so lonely.
Shag it. The baby will not care and I'll bet that after half a dozen washes, it will not be at all noticeable. Knit on. Leave it. Worry about bigger things.
You're 12 rows from done. Can you just finish the blanket, donate it to charity so you never need to see it again, then make another blanket to be the heirloom? I don't think I'd have enough strength of character to rip out all that knitting.
Just close your eyes and do it like a bandaid. No less painful, but quick.
I won't try to tell you what you should do- you know better than I what is necessary. I will say that I think the ribbon idea is absolutely inspired- or a person could overstitch something pretty to disguise the line- if a person were interested in doing such a thing...
But I have only the comforts of fellowship to offer-I just frogged the first fifteen unfixable rows of an excruciatingly simple sport-weight sweater for the second time and decided that it was a sign-the universe does not want me to knit that sweater right now. Fortunately, no babbies are waiting for it, so I put the yarn in a corner to sulk while I scout out other patterns. After two inexcusable screw ups- once it was huuuge because I didn't swatch for gauge and once it was twisted-which I didn't notice until fifteen freaking 228st rows in, the only way I can be happy is to stop thinking about it at all.
So that's my only advice-do what you have to do to be happy.
Remember, the wee one using it will not be a "perfect" person. We all have our own, individual quirks. I say leave it. The Amish when they make quilts always put in an imperfection to remind themselves that Man is not perfect, and their quilts are still beautiful and highly treasured by the people who use them.
That being said, if you just can't stand it, only rip the section that bothers you, make the new live stitches where a border will go, and just continue knitting the top for a while longer.
Only God is perfect. You don't have to be. You are just fine as you are and so is your knitting.
Yup, I'm pretty sure I see a front/back thing going on too. Plus it looks like there is a boo boo at the bottom point of the second repeat on the left above the line.
But.....if you don't know what caused it, who's to say it won't happen again? I'm pretty sure the baby won't notice. How about threading a pretty satin ribbon through right on the line, and then again at the same distance from the finishing edge? (or duplicate stitch an interesting design?) Then that would be the focus, and the line would disappear.
yeah, no doubt about it. i was on the fence until you said "heirloom". then there's no getting around it. if this blanket will be with you for years (generations?) to come, then it must be fixed... sigh! if it was to be given away and never seen again, it would only niggle at you now and then. but since that isn't the case, perfectionism wins! but i would love to know if you find out what that line is!
I would not rip, but I would cut. Maybe the stitch pattern is too crazy to reengineer to knit the other direction, but I would cut it, knit the other end the extra 20 or whatever rows, and then just pick up a nice border to finish it off. I am in the throws of finishing a baby sweater for a baby that is due in 5 days. I am not going to make it, but I feel ya sister!
Oh, dear! Drink a glass of wine, put a lifeline in where the line is, cut off the offending part and keep knitting with the yarn that matches. Maybe you can use the non-matching yarn in the border, where there is already enough contrast it won't be noticeable. ??
What a dilemma! I do feel your pain!!!
If you are going to see it forever, you know....you know in your heart what you have to do......
Heirlooms all have stories to tell. You could leave the blanket as it is, and the child will always know we all thought of her and her blanket.
Leave it! just leave it. It's fine. Once the border is on you won't be able to see anything, I can hardly see anything now.
You've MacGyver-ed all sorts of fixes on this blog that would never have crossed my mind. There has to be a way around ripping it all out.. there just has to!
I would do the same thing. Try to make it as pleasant as possible - rip it out then take a bubble bath, then have some beer/wine, chocolate, favorite dvd or audio book, etc. while you begin to re-knit. :) Then buy yourself a present!
GeniaKnitz at 11:52 said: "Can you rip out the beginning and knit that much more at the end?"
I second this - it looks like you have a provisional cast on there anyway, So you could move the bottom of the piece 'up' and knit some extra repeats at the top to get your total length. Or rip the bottom up to the line and knit back down from there if you prefer. You've decided to fix things in the past and been happier for it. Same thing will happen here. Recommendation: chocolate and Scotch in equal measure to fortify your spirit!
I can see an error looking from the left and counting two 'ladders' across as you go up with your eye there appears to be missing yarn overs which I'm supposing you made up from elsewhere. I'm surprised no one else mentioned it buy I think this small error is what makes it look like there's a line.
I would hate to do what you are going to do but I would do it all the same. *deep breath*
Do you think there's a way to make it a design feature instead of a flaw since it's so noticeable anyway? What if you only rip out half of the first ball and then finish off the blanket with that yarn? Then you'd have two lines and it might seem more balanced?
If not, then I say just leave it. Heirloom doesn't mean "perfect." I think some of the most treasured heirlooms are the ones that are imperfect and have a story about how it got to be that way. Besides, the blanket will keep the baby just as warm, if not warmer b/c the yarn is a little thicker there. :) I understand and sympathize with your position though. Good luck deciding!
well i know *i* couldn't stand it. and i think you know you can't either. ya gotta do something.
is it faster to unpick the cast on and knit in the other direction?
also, aren't you curious as to why this happened?
You don't have to rip it back. Decide that it's not an heirloom. Decide it's the kind of blankie that a 1 yr old can drag around on the floor & dirt & muck and the baby will love it anyway and never notice the line. Then knit ANOTHER blankie that is an heirloom.
You could just leave it and try running a ribbon througth it and see how it looks. Just a suggestion. Good luck with what ever you decide, we are all with you!
Surely grafting could be a possibility??? That's far too much good work to rip. Or you could knit another 15 centimeters?
did one ball sit on the top of the stash in the light for ages? Or could washing it help?
For the sake of finishing (and since you're almost done) I'd just finish it. I don't think that the baby will notice the difference. The mom honestly, will be thrilled to have something that pretty, even if the line is subtlety visible.
Assuming you have extra yarn and there is a 'resting' row, could you not re-knit the beginning part and graft it to the part after the first ball? Or knit one ball's worth extra and just cut the first ball's yarn off (and finish the edge severed edge appropriately)?
"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly." Macbeth
Deciding and doing is always better than agonizing.
I made my husband a beautiful sweater. Even tho the ball band said all the skeins had the same color and dye lot, there is one skein which is different. I absolutely was not going to pull it out and decided to live with it.
Now, every time he wears the sweater, I pick at it because that one ball is a freaking different color. I so get what you're going thru... and wish I'd have sent the damned sweater to someone who lives far away so I didn't have to see it.
decide there will be a top and a bottom on this blanket, the part with the line will be the top? Emphasize it's non-rotability with something else (make the border wider there, stitch some flowers on it, weave one nice thread through the knitting)
Why would the blanket have to be uniform on all four sides when it doesn't want to? It wants to have 3 same sides and one different one, the top.
Aw darn. I would have been certain it was the steam blocking. Can you rip the first part out backwards and knit up to that point and then join the new-beginning to the old-second bit with a (fiddly) graft or something?
That first section is what makes your blanket unique. It's perfect just the way it is - beautiful.
And yeah, I see the line too. If you hadn't mentioned it, I would have thought it was a trick of the light in the photo, or a blocking thing, or something.
Rip it with alcohol readily available. Something similar happened to me and it was a baby blanket for a friend. I asked myself, "If this was for my child would I fix it?" and the answer was yes. Good luck, a few curse words and a couple of drinks.
I had this happen to me with a simple garter stitch lace blanket. I had picked up the blanket one day and knit starting on the wrong side like it was the right side and had added a short row after knitting 3 stitches. There was a line and the yarn overs on the first part went pointing down, like yours are, and the yarn overs on the second part went up, like on yours. Did you knit the pattern from the wrong side? When you steam blocked it, did you take it off the needles then picked up the stitches twisted? Is there a short row in the first part of where the line is? I ended up blocking the snot out of the blanket to get rid of the line, then added my border. Couldn't tell after the blocking that I had a 3 stitch short row in the middle of the blanket.
Heirlooms, just like people, are not perfect. I say, let it live. "The Line" will give it character!
Also, you assume that ripping it out and doing it over will not, in your haste, create yet another error. That is a bold assumption, given the timeline. Just leave it alone, its going to be beautiful!
I know that I'd have to rip, yelling (or crying) the whole time! My heart goes out to you because I know that you will (probably) have to rip too. You won't be able to stand leaving it now that you know there is such a difference.
I'll be thinking kind thoughts for you!
STOP!!! As I am an imperfectionist I would like to echo some of the sentiments here that this is a unique blanket beautiful as is. There is an old American Indian custom that they intentionally made mistakes in anything they mad to show it was made by human hands and humans are imperfect; acknowledging that only God is perfect. It's a wonderful thought and how I can live perfectly well with everything I make that isn't perfect!
Don't know if this will help but I was determined to knit a blanket for my first grandchild. It had a major and obvious flaw but I gave it to her anyway. We live in a different state and everytime I thought of it I imagined that huge, horrible flaw. My granddaughter (almost 2) recently became very fond of the blanket and the last time I visited I looked at the blanket and I swear, I couldn't even see the flakw. The yarn is not important. The love is.
It's unique: agreed. If you just can't stand it, I vote for ripping from the bottom, lengthen at the top, and using the unique yarn for the border ends. Don't trash the whole thing: either find a way to live with it, or find the quickest fix you can live with.
How about ripping from the bottom and knitting a wider border on both ends with that ball? Something you can knit from either direction, like plain garter stitch?
Just MHO. :-)
There is a line, but I think there is a way of hiding it/blending it in. I don't know if anyone else has suggested something like this, but would it be possible to weave in a line of colored yarn (perhaps whatever color the edge is going to be if it is going to be a color) right along the line from one side to the other and then again at the opposite end of the blanket the same distance from the edge. It will give the blanket the appearance of three panels, and with a color line between the sections, it won't be as obvious that they are different.
Just a thought.
I love the idea of weaving in a ribbon or some yarn to make it a design element. And I second everyone who says that the baby will not notice or care, but rather just appreciate the wonderful coziness of a gift made with love.
Sadly, I too can see the line.
However, it is very subtle and I doubt the baby is going t care. Also, is there a way you could make the other end come out the same way? I know, it sounds like a stupid question because the yarn is the same dyelot and your gauge is the same...but yeah, that's the idea I had.
But, honestly, the baby isn't going to care. I promise.
I would LOVE a 'line' in my baby blanket to show me where's top and where's bottom, where's back and where's front - but then, I'm a great believer in knitting a teensy mistake (be it deliberate or no) into any piece of work to render it unique!
I couldn't make it to your 8-year anniversary blog, so I'm sending my congratulations and oodles of appreciation with this comment - hope you're still receiving...
I would think that the line indicates the spot where you fold the blanket over beneath the baby's chin.
And if you really can't live with seeing the line, why not weave a length of ribbon through it to disguise it?
My deepest sympathies if you decide to frog it! But if its possible to undo the bottom until the line of weirdness starts and knit more from where you are now, you definitely should. Or slip a ribbon over it?
I've frogged a full scarf before because of an imperfection, so I understand your perfectionist tendencies but may the force be with you on this blanket debacle!
Before you rip it back --- remember you aren't going to be looking at it spread out on a bed, you're going to be looking at it wrapped around a baby. I really think it's fine!
Instead of frogging, I vote for 'snipping' the yarn and unravelling the row to separate off the different, thicker part, picking up the stitches to the pattern and either bind off (unravel the thicker part and reuse the yarn--if it's truly the same) or knit 'down' the pattern backwards (if you're totally crazy and glutton for punishment).
Good Luck! I'd do something too; I'd always 'see' it and it'd make me crazy!!
In the past week, I've started and ripped an afghan for a new great-grandbaby EIGHT times, but now it's OK. Go ahead and rip. You'll regret it if you don't.
When moms are hoping to be pregnant, we pee on sticks and pray for a line...the baby will pee on the blanket, and the line will already be there! Carry on and finish it!
Can you add a life line, then cut the bottom off, reknit it and join it with kitchener stitch? I know what's an awful lot of kitchener, but it sure beats starting over....
Yeah, been there done that. I bet you did the whole squint your eyes bit where if you squint in just the right way it looks fine?
PS Congratulations on your anniversary. I have enjoyed your blog for many years. I looked back at your first post- 19 comments, two were from you and three were from spammers. From there to best selling author and coiner of new words, you have much to be proud of. Keep up the great work.
What if you cut off the bottom, bound off the last row of live stitches, then continued knitting at the top? Does that work in real life or just in my head!?!?
When you're 90 you may still see that line, but you will also hopefully see spit-up stains and snags and all the the telltale signs that the blankets was USED and LOVED. Let it live. If they wanted perfection, they'd have a machine make it.
Don't rip it. The baby will not mind in the least and it will keep him/her warm and cosy. It will make your blanket special and there won't be another one like it. Like someone said earlier, nothing is perfect. Sending you a hug in case you need it (((O)))
I am sorry to say, but you have to frog it. As you wrote, this will BUG you forever. I, too, am frantically racing to finish a baby blanket. I just recovered from a 5" frog because I couldn't live with a four stitch boo-boo in the seed stitch area. I tried for days to convince myself that it didn't matter; however, I had the good sense to stop knitting while I pondered (not that I'm implying you have no good sense. I'm sure I'm just much more pessimistic than you). I had the same thoughts as you--this is going to be cherished and passed down. I couldn't bear the thought of some someone seeing the mistake 100 years from know and think what a lousy person I am to give a gift with such crappy workmanship. Have an adult beverage or three and a lot of chocolate. These won't make you feel better, but they are totally justified. I'm sorry.
How aggravating to do everything right and still have it come out wrong! However, you will never be able to look at it. It will haunt you. My advice is to rip it out, pretend it never happened, and use the yarn to make a Baby Surprise Jacket. You could most likely finish that, and it will still be a welcome gift.
Somebody probably has said this, but couldn't you just chop it off and bind off the raw stiches when you knit the border?
You're making this special blanket for a particular baby. Each baby is unique, and so is this blanket. I say accept the blanket as it is just as you would accept the baby as it is. Although I do like the idea of making the line a design element by weaving in a silk ribbon or perhaps braid made of same yarn but in another color...
I'd weave a ribbon across at that point, or some such decoration, and call it a design element. Problem solved.
I say finish it and then wet block the HELL out of it. Has worked for some lace projects of mine.
If the line still shows, give this when the baby is born, then make another one for 1st birthday that you'll be happier with. I'll bet by then after parents have washed all sorts of fluids out of the first one, the line will be invisible anyway.
I just wanted to comment that I have seen this happen before while working at a yarn store. In this case it was the back of a large black man's jersey and the first two balls were different with the same effect, a slightly fluffy fabric versus a smoother one. Batch, dye lot, everything was the same - they even came out of the same packet. But when we lined them all up it was clear that at least three had a different "loft". We replaced the whole amount with new stock that we checked first and returned the original yarn to the supplier. We couldn't redo her work though!
You probably already did it, didn't you? Honestly, I'm wondering if when you hit it with the steam the first time, it looked like your just-steamed top looks now, and that with time it made more changes (felting a bit). In any event, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to catch the top up with the bottom. Steam the swatch, but not the project until it's finished? Although, I'm sure you've steamed partial before? Am I wrong thinking this?
No matter what you do it will be a gorgeous heirloom. Can't wait to see what you've picked out for the border.
Such great ideas have already been offered. I feel for you and think I would likely rip...or would I? I can't wait to hear what happens next. But you do have my sympathies. I'll go have a glass of wine for you now.
Although I would like to think that some truly stunning gifts I have made for babies will be passed down, I don't think they will, and the recipients are the quintessential parents. That wouldn't stop and hasn't stopped me from frogging, but still ...
Also, as a wise person explained to me when I was a teenager, there is no such thing as perfection; once you reach what you think is perfection, you discover an entirely new level to attain.
I have looked at a lot of "heirloom" quilts where the maker just "made do"...and didn't worry about the mistake.
And it wasn't YOU...it was the yarn manufacturer (and I think you should send them a nice little letter and a picture. Who knows, you might get a nice package in the mail???)
What would happen if you just ripped out the offending rows at the bottom, knit more repeats at the top,...and then just picked up for your border at that point?
And then, my other question is...do you have enough yarn left to do that?
And I like Maureen's and Carol's suggestions, too!
Wait! Are the yarns completely different or is a matter of color. Because if it's just color than you should dye it. It's worth a shot at least.
Seriously, what the hill happened? I mean so you can prevent it next crack at it. That would bug the crap out of me not knowing why.
Feeling your pain. I had to do surgery this morning, but it only took an hour and was only in garter stitch for crying out loud. That's like a hiccup compared to what you face.
I would not rip it out.
I would set the blanket aside and cast on a new start. I would compare to the blanket after one or two repeats to make sure that it matched the upper part of the blanket, not the cast-on ball. I would then knit most of the new ball until I got to about the same row when ball #2 was added in. I would then carefully remove the offending section and graft the new start to the main blanket.
I would finish the blanket afterwards just in case I end up a repeat or two off from where I was before.
The naughty yarn is probably plenty for a newborn sweater or a hat/bootie set.
It might also need to sit in time out for awhile before you are interested in reusing it.
You know what you're going to do - don't agonize - just rip. Otherwise, you'll never be happy.
Is there any chance that rather than ripping the good 2/3, that you could cut the bad 1/3 off, leave the live stitches for the edging and proceed from where you are? It might be a timesaver.
LOL, looks like the blog beat me to it. Yay blog.
Could it be that the pattern somehow became converted? In the top part of the blanket, the 'v's' of each diamond are upright, in the bottom half the 'v's' are upside down. Could that be possible or am I seeing things that aren't there? I thought these things only happened to me. Hugs.
What a shame and it really wasn't your fault, but it did happen.
As a perfectionist, I would re-do it and try not to cry or rant and rave. But, I'd be much happier with it in the end.
Your choice though and good luck with that.
meh. At some point there will probably be baby puke on it. I say move forward.
Can we call it a lesson to the baby that sometimes things in life aren't perfect, but they are still beautiful?
Ok I get it's an heirloom, I get you think you're a bit OCD about your knitting. Yes, sometimes the lesson is to listen to your gut. But sometimes the lesson is to go with the flow...if the heirloom is meant to be perfect yes rip it out and re do it. But if what makes it an heirloom is that it has been used and loved (and as one poster suggested...even pooped on). Leave it, maybe make a design element out of it...but part of the legacy is that you made it with love and it can have a crazy aunt Steph story to go with it. The baby and parents will not feel the love anymore if you drive yourself crazy...and I would be less likely to use the thing myself if I knew you ripped all that knitting out because it wasn't perfect...it's just too much pressure!
You are getting lots of advice. Good thing you have The Blog!
I understand the perfectionist thing.
That being said, I would finish it. Wash it a couple of times and see if it is still different enough to bother you.
Then if it is, cast on another one. This one has been stressful to you all the way along, give it away.
Make a blanket for a loved baby that you haven't stressed about. I believe they feel those sorts of things.
Good luck deciding what to do!
In scrapbooking we say that mistakes or errors are just opportunities for embellishment. Like someone above said, maybe take a silk ribbon and thread it through not only THE LINE, but at evenly spaced intervals throughout the blanket so it's not just at one spot. Knowing myself, I'd probably frog back to the line, or further and re-knit. Even if it gets to the new baby after birth, they'll still have lots and lots of time to enjoy your blanket!
Sad to say, I believe YOU will not be happy till YOU rip it out. Having said that, I will say that "heirloom samplers" are beloved because they're not always perfect.
But. If it will drive you nuts, rip. However, I wouldn't tell the parents. Nine times out of ten, unless one of them's a knitter, they wouldn't have cared about the line. Their baby will look adorable in this whether the line is there or not.
Weave a satin ribbon through the line, tie a bow in the middle and call it an embellishment. You could even do the same thing on the other side, presto, no line.
I am a long-time lurker, moved to commiserate and to share my experience.
I would wait a day (I have a crap memory, you may need longer) and then rip it out. The difference between hand-made and store-boughten is not that the latter has no mistakes. The difference, I think you agree, lies elsewhere. The baby won't notice, true, but aren't you supposed to have pleasure in the thing too?
I had a similar experience recently: I was knitting a gansey in the round for my husband and was several balls in and just dividing for the arm-holes when I realized that the first ball had produced a much thinner fabric. Long short, although the yarn-labels said the balls were the same yarn, same dye-lot etc, the truth was that the first ball was 2-ply, while the rest were as they were supposed to be, 3-ply. I had to start all over again. But it's finished now, and he is wearing it, and it looks gorgeous. I'd forgotten the trauma until I read of yours. Here in England, Shakespeare's country, we call what's happened to your blanket a bummer.
My Gram always said "No one person can be perfect while on earth. Even the ancients knew that, and that's why they always hide a flaw in every piece of art. Do the same when you sew or knit something."
She was a very wise woman, and I'm proud to follow her advice... even when I don't plan to.
Now bear with me, because I too, have some pretty strong perfectionistic tendencies in my personality, but a wise woman once said (in a wonderful little book called "At Knit's End...") - It's not a mistake. It's a design element. :-)
When my mother and grandmother taught me how to knit when I was a little girl, they always told me that when you had to rip out stitches it meant the wearer "will live to wear it out." To this day, when I find myself ripping stitches out to fix a mistake, I always feel better knowing that it might be adding years of life to the person I'm going to give it to! Silly, I know....
Ugh, what a pain! That's terrible but I'd be ripping it out too. You've pulled off greater feats in the past so I'm sure you can pull this one off as well.
By the way, are you going to publish the pattern? I really like it and have a baby to knit for that's due in June.
That close to done, I would finish it. Block it within an inch of its life and then see what it looks like. If it STILL has a "design feature",
then make another one for your lovey. Let this one keep someone warm and cuddly and just not be the creme de la creme blankie. It still is a warm fuzzy and someone will love to be cuddled in it.
There are a lot of chilly babies out there who would be delighted to be wrapped in it.
Ok not sure that anyone has suggested this already, but have you considered dyeing it after you've finished.
Now, I do admit that this is my natural inclination toward every knit-disaster but DO NOT RIP ALL OF THAT BACK! That way lies crazy-ville. First, all you did was give it a gentle blocking. Steaming is well and good if you want to tidy things up, but full-immersion blocking is necessary here. If that doesn't work, then you've got a perfect line of demarcation, don't you? Snip along the line, pick up stitches & go from there. Just don't rip back. I don't think I could take it.
I say leave it and maybe sew a decorative ribbon or something else there and make it a special design feature.
You wanted something perfect. Maybe mother and baby won't notice, but you will be bound to point out the imperfection. And pretty soon your beautiful gift will be tainted. It will be pooped and vomited on. It will fall in the dirt and probably stain but nothing will worry you more than "the line". As a master artisan you will do what's necessary. Much hugs
For the love of all that's holy, don't rip it all out!
Re-name it "the head of the blanket." It's an extra cooshy design feature.
I haven't read all the other comments, I'm sure you got some good advice. I just want to say, that as the mother of 5 children- one of them 3 weeks old- it is beautiful. It fulfills all the hierloom qualities you mentioned. It also reflects the handmade nature of such a beautiful piece of art. Give the gift, with all of its beauty and flaw. Make another if you like, but the blanket is perfect, just like every new baby- flaws included.
Leave it, it will always be known as the baby blanket with the line in it!
"It takes a special sort of person to be a knitter. You need to be able to think 'That looks really wrong' while you're knitting and then put the concern aside, keep working, and somehow manage to be truly surprised when, at the end of the knitting, it's still wrong. This ability, I tell you, is a gift."
May 17, 2010 (calendar)
Can you pick up and knit from the cast-on edge so that different section become a center panel?
Don't rip. You have gone so far! I would put this one aside for now and start a new blanket for this baby. Later, finish this one and give it to charity. Some deserving non-knitter mother will charish it forever, line or no.
So sad, my deepest sympathies.
However, I don't think you have to rip BACK, it's rip just the start. Right? That's a wee bit better, really.
Also, this pattern. Is there a link? Did I miss the all important details? (Need pattern, grand-nephew due in April and I'm not a fast knitter.)
Sorry if this has been suggested;
I say keep knitting; see if the other balls are ok (there might be more different ones). If the others are ok, steek and remove the bottom, use it for the border, which will be different anyway, no?
Perhaps the next ball of yarn that you add in will have the qualities of the first, making a very subtle texture-blocking. Kind of like thick stripes! But if you don't know what caused the change, are you sure you could fix it if it were ripped back? If not, ... can you give your inner perfectionist a tranquilizer? Just kidding, but you do have my sympathies.
Okay, for what it is worth, I honestly believe that things you knit for other people (and I'm talking about a collective you, not necessarily you in particular) should reflect something about the knitter. I, myself, am a little quirky and if this were to happen to me I would say, "yup, that perfectly reflects Tonja" and move on knowing that the person I've knit for will always have a soft spot for my quirkiness. Now, I am NOT saying that you are quirky or anything of the sort, but having that line is, believe it or not, a nice little gift of yourself knitted into the blanket. You will be remembered fondly because of it. I hope it stays.
Sorry if this has been suggested;
I say keep knitting; see if the other balls are ok, knit far enough to compensate for the different bit, steek, remove the bottom, and use it for the border, which will be different anyway, no?
Do not rip it! As the years go by, the line will add to its charm and maike even more special. It is an old saying that a masterpiece never shaould be to perfect, not to make the gods jalous. Knit on.
I think there is another way to solve your problem. I apologizefor repeating if someone has already suggested this.
Rather than ripping out 2 balls' worth of knitting, why not just rip out the first one?
No need to steek or cut. It's fiddly, but i've done it so I know this works: Unpick right at the offending line. You have to do this stitch by stitch. Pick up the stitches on the good part, the bigger part, with a spare needle. Then go back to the top and continue knitting.
You've just moved the bottom UP one balls' worth of yarn, and now have an edge just like a provisional cast-on to pick up your edging from. I hope this helps!@
Stephanie - I am so sad!!
I was in a meeting until just now and then I tried to register for your silk class at Madrona and it is full. The same thing happened on the registration for the regular schedule classes. I am so disappointed so I had to share.
At least I will see you at the event.
why don't you thread a ribbon along 'the line'? It'll break it enough to turn it into a sort of border... me thinks.
I will tell you what my mother always said to me when she was making all of my clothes as a child. She would see something when I tried it on, and she would make me stand still long enough to determine if it was worth fixing, then she would sigh and say, "oh well, it will never be seen on a galloping horse". Let it go, it will be covered with spit up, washed a hundred times, and what will be seen eventually is a stain, not that line! Handmade objects are not perfect. And machine-made ones aren't either! It's perfect love and that's all that counts!
I don't feel like going through a thousand comments to see if anybody else has said that, but it looks to me like you switched wrong side and right side. Are you sure you don't have one single extra row?
I know what I would do. You know what you will do. I think I will have a glass of wine tonight with the blanket in mind. I can't wait to hear what you decide to do!
Whenever I get similarly stressed out about baby knitting, I remind myself that the blanket/sweater/whatever is going to get spit-up, drool, vomit, poo, and probably other mysterious bodily fluids on it. Then I take a deep breath and keep going.
But if you rip it out, I will totally understand!
I'm seconding (or thirding, or whatever) the ribbon suggestions. I have perfectionist knitting tendencies, too, and the traumatic memories of froggings past to prove it, but I really don't think you need to frog it.
On the other hand, I'm dying of curiosity to find out *why* there's a line in the knitting.
I'm sorry! I think no matter which way you look at it there would be throw-up involved. I'd feel like throwing up while ripping it back or be sick every time I looked at it! Good Luck!
Sigh. I am sorry. Yeah, you probably have to rip back or maybe rip from the bottom up or something to fix the issue. I wouldn't be able to live with it either. :(
I say leave it be! In my experience, nonknitters don't tend to notice anything unless it's big whole in the middle of the thing. It may bother you but it likely won't bother the recipient.
Is it possible that you turned the knitting? and that at that point you redefined what is the right and the wrong side? Could you do something totally insane like put in a lifeline above it and below it, snip a line, reknit that line, and somehow graft the two pieces together?
Oh, I'm sorry you have to rip this back! If it makes you feel any better, this post makes me feel a whole lot better about the 2 inches I had to rip back on my February Lady sweater. That seems like beans compared to this. But if anyone's up to it...you are! KNIT ON! :)
I also agree with that early commenter, Caroline M. Leave the good knitting intact, run a thread through it at the line and cut off the thicker yarn. Looks like it's less to reknit when done that way, too!
Your last two sentences make it clear that you already know what to do. Leave it, and start over with a clean beginning; I assume with different yarn you hope you can trust? The thought breaks my heart. I feel terrible for you. How sharper than a serpent's tooth is a rogue skein of yarn.
But you're strong, and once you've expressed yourself through appropriately colorful language and metaphors-- and possibly the launching of small, handy projectiles at nearby harmless targets--you'll do what's right for you, and for your family heirloom. You have my full, knitter's commiseration and support.
I'd say it is what it is at this point and it is beautiful. but i am not a fast enough knitter to be able to rip it out and redo all of that knitting in time. :)
B.T.W....i love the suggested ribbon insert at said transition point suggested by a commenter above....quicker than ripping and redoing.
I have ripped out nearly the entire back of an incredibly complicated cable sweater because I made a mistake. My boss, bless her, helped me work up the courage to rip it out because as she said, "Nobody but you might see it -- but every time you look at it, you will and you'll regret not fixing it."
You knit at superhuman speed, fortunately; if you rip it out, I bet you can still get it done in time.
You should rip it back and remember that if you don't you will spend those years until you are 90 apologizing for it............ yuk
Drat that perfectionist streak! Been fighting it for a long time myself. Love the opinions both "for" and "against." Good luck, whatever you decide to do!!!
This is further proof that serious knitters are masters of the do-over, the stick-to-it mantra and the just-try-something-else approach. Creativity can sometimes leave you a bit unravelled, until you do the happy dance when it all comes together. Best wishes!
Forgive me if this is already discussed and I missed it, or if it's just a flat out stupid idea...
Can you snip the yarn and unravel the first section away, bind off at the change, and then just knit longer where you are to make up for the lost length? Sort of like shortening sleeve cuffs after the sweater is done?
So sorry for your agita but know what I'd do. I'm frequently accused of being (more than) a bit of a perfectionist.
For what it's worth, the prospective mom is probably a charter member of the Blog, so she's already aware of your stress and feeling badly for your concern. A gift presented a week or so after the blessed event will be equally cherished.
I've not read every comment, but personally vote to try the lifeline and salvage some provisional rework around the borders than a total frogpond. Terrifying (having never cut and reworked) yet less painful than a total tearout. (Should I mention the completed Peace shawl that was finished, bound off and taken on a vacation before deciding it wasn't quite right and completely dissembled? The laceweight alpace is still in time out..)
Whatever you do will be loved and appreciated for years to come... have a sip and a bit and knit on!
I just did the same thing with a sweater...kept knitiing and knitting even though I knew better. I had to rip it out, and I am so sympathetic to your plight.
I say treat it as an exercise in overcoming perfectionism, which can ruin your life. Whether that means finishing it as is and figuring the line will remind the baby that every life has small imperfections, or just doing something with the first section as others have suggested, I think you should have respect for your own time and effort that went into this and avoid sacrificing all that work. Finished is better than perfect.
I had the same problem when I knit my Einstein coat. I used Lopi same dye lot on all the balls, but one ball was not the same!!! Frustrating to say the least. I would frog and feel better later.
:( I feel your pain... have someone else to the ripping and rewinding for you... it takes a little of the sting away!
Can you do something like rip some of that first bit halfway and use it to make an equivalant end depth edge at the top. If there s a line at both ends it would be a neat effect
I'm sorry. It will never be right. It will always bother you. I know that I would ( Painfully) rip it out and start over. How sad. I feel bad.
I think that Caroline M at 11;58AM has hit on the answer, at least one that makes sense in my limited knitting knowledge. I can see your provisional cast-on at the beginning of the blanket. why not put the stitches at the line on that needle, cut off the offending portion of the blanket (which is beautiful, by the way) use those stitches as your jumping off point for the border, and just carry on from there? Am I missing something important here?
In any case, I know you will find your way to finishing it in due time, perhaps after a libation or 3 to give you courage. The blanket really is lovely, you know! Mom and baby will love it! You always knit such beautiful, well, everything.
Don't rip back! Snip and remove the first ball of yarn for later contemplation. Put the newly live stitches on a lifeline until you work the border. Continue on from where you are. It's somewhat of a setback, but not as bad as starting all over.
Figure out the one with the line when you don't have a time constraint.
Sheron at 4:14 is COMPLETELY RIGHT.
Don't worry, when you're ninety you probably won't see that line.
I know you have probably frogged it already but nevertheless, let me tell you a story of three little blankets.
My grandmother knitted for all her babies. And for her babies' babies. And when a new generation came along she reached for her needles and cast on once more.
My son was her seventeenth great-grandchild. She made him a lace blanket which was a marvel of knitterly perfection. It is, indeed, an heirloom. And it sits in tissue-wrapped splendour in my closet, waiting to be bestowed upon the next baby when I, in turn, become a grandmother.
When my second child was born my grandmother had racked up an impressive 23 great grandchildren and she was very old. She knit a slightly simpler blanket with her knobbly, frail hands and she told me about all the blankets that had come before and how she never saw them again except in the christening photographs.
By the time my youngest was born, the twenty-fifth great-grandchild, my grandmother had had a stroke and so she made a garter stitch blanket. It had two dropped stitches as her eyesight was poor, the yarn and needles were thicker as she had trouble gripping them now, but she was damned if she was going to let any child in our family miss out on their blanket.
This last blanket doesn't live in tissue. It lives on my daughter's bed. It has wrapped the baby, it has been around the world, it appeared in a nativity play and it has swaddled the cat. It has holes and stains and my daughter mended it herself with green string.
There must be, because we counted, forty eight of my grandmother's exquisite blankets in the world. But this is the only one that kept a baby warm.
Same thing happened to me with a blanket for my grandson. I did not rip back. Mom and baby loved that blankie. It's packed away now for another generation. All I can say is that we have all managed to lead happy, fulfilling lives since. - grin -
yes that would drive me crazy, and i'd feel guilty giving it away. i would rip it and stripe the 2 yarns. yes a masachist i am. or go up a needle size, might be less noticeable if a little looser.
I too think you should use a lifeline and cut off the begining and stich a border with the new live stiches. Good luck with whatever method you choose to use to correct the problem.
knit the baby some socks :^}
Well, I'm of two minds. I understand about wanting it to be right and not being too whatever to rip it out, but...I'm also reminded of the idea that the Amish have about their sewing and quilting: No one but God is perfect, so they actually put in a mistake on purpose. Perhaps you could use this as your reasoning. Either way it's a lovely pattern.
I believe now is the time to whip out my favorite quote by William Somerset Maugham: Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at is better not quite achieved.
They make beer for a reason, you know.
LET IT LIVE !!! Life is interesting because of inperfection . And just think : it`s more personal the way it is right now .
Had another thought. Brush it. I'm sure you've got carding paddles - lightly run them over the thing (in one direction, if course) until you raise a bit of a nap. Cozier. And no line issues will live through that.
It would totally drive me crazy and I too would have
to rip it out! Now, it could just be the way the blanket is in the picture, but on the last picture, about 1/3 of the way up on the left side it looks like maybe some eyelets are missing? Maybe this is the problem? Not sure if the blanket is just laying on its eyelets though. Anyway, it is going to be a beautiful heirloom!
The Navajo have a tradition of adding a mistake to any blanket they weave to 'let the evil spirits out.' I've adopted that tradition, most of the time inadvertently. It's very soothing.
Isnt there some tradition where a mistake is intentionally worked into every project because only god is perfect? And doesn't every baby need to be swaddled in human love.
What about finishing this blanket then making another one exactly he same, sans line? That way baby has one for everyday and one for special/ heirloom. If its almost done then you really don't add much knitting time.
The Amish women have a similar tradition. They make amazing quilts, and always make a mistake in each one, because humans are never perfect. It keeps them humble. I like to think i make my mistakes on purpose, so I can stay humble(which I guess is kind of presumptuous itself :/ )
Can't you rip the bottom part out...w/ a lifeline and add a border. ...then just continue knitting at the top as you are currently doing? I seem to remember reading something about Elizabeth Zimmerman doing something similar. However I'm just an "advanced beginner"...only 2 baby sweaters to my name...so perhaps I'm just dreaming.
You need to leave it, so that the mom and baby who use and love that blanket know that they don't have to be perfect either.
I second the motion about taking out the odd section; I can see a provisional cast on. You don't even have to unravel if you pick out the last row of the goofy yarn, since unravelling backward is awkward. Then you can give the odd section to Millie to sleep on.
Sorry, I have to go with pulling it out :(
Just take a few deep breaths and repeat "I like knitting, I like knitting...."
Please believe that I understand the urge to fix. However, I would say, consider how much use the blanket will have had by the time you are 90. Heirloom or not, we're still talking about babies (since it can't be an heirloom if there isn't more than one baby). If these babies are anything like the six gazillion in my family, you'll be lucky if the blanket is still in the same color family at that point.
If you really can't bear to leave it, and you quail before the task of ripping, and you eschew the other marvy solutions presented in the foregoing comments, may I make a suggestion?
Make another blankie for the anticipated baby. The one with the so-called flaw you could donate to a hospital, to be given to a family who can't afford a blankie to take their newborn home in; or you could donate it to a children's hospital, or you could donate it to a women's shelter where it might cheer a young mother and warm her baby. I'm pretty darn sure they won't give a darn about a line where the yarn is slightly different in texture or weight.
Or possibly just don't worry about it and follow the advice of Maya, who demonstrates a great deal of wisdom in her comment.
I would run a life line, and rip out below the line and crochet a border all the way around? I always check my work for fear of a mistake, but there are many baby blankets out there with a mistake i saw way too late to rip back too. Let it go, live with it. makes it special and unique
Forgot to say: I also agree about the definition of the term "heirloom". One of my baby sweaters was knit by one of the sweet maiden ladies who lived next door and it had one sleeve in a yarn the same colour but a noticeably different weight from the rest of the sweater. It was loved and worn and then became a sweater for my dollies, and was loved all over again,. Similarly, our family Christening Shawl, an authentic Shetland Ring Shawl, which is over 150 years old, and has been darned carefully, and not-quite-so-carefully, by subsequent owners over the years - each stitch, each mend, only adds to its unique character.
Weave in a narrow baby ribbon along the line. It will make it look like part of the design and by the time the blanket has been washed, the mistake won't show anyway.
Sadly,you said it all, Stephanie. You know what you have to do. Some things can be a "design feature" and some glitches can't. My gut (when I'm smart enough to listen to it) tells me which is which. If it'll come back to haunt my dreams I start over, painful as it may be at the time. It's all part of the journey, right?
Sorry, my computer monitor shows no line (though i believe you that it is there). I am afraid I am with the people who say carry on and finish and move on. And I agree with your mother!
Is there a chance you joined the yarn to the wrong side of the knitting so you swapped your right and wrong sides? That the kind of thing I'd end up doing with circulars and garter stitch lace.
Turn it into an unexpected design element. If that fails, frog away.
A design feature, most certainly!
There should be a word for the knitting one does after noticing a fatal flaw and before ripping it out--and the special form of denial that makes this possible.
Sigh, I feel your pain. I have frogged a mostly finished sweater sleeve 3 times cuz it just wasnt' right--but it's a sweater for me, so I'd see what isn't right everytime I wear it. If you can match the aberration on the "other" side of the blankie, go for it; if not, well....I pretty much know you're going to frog it if you can't figure out a way to fix it, but I hope that you can figure out a way to fix it! If the Blog could fix it with good thoughts, it'd be fixed already!
It looks like a design element to me! Could you finish off the top with a few rows/repeats of a slightly different color in the same yarn? The top and bottom would look like you intentionally made the blanket look asymetrical? Know you'll do what you need to do - just a suggestion!
What about knitting, sewing or, please forgive me, crocheting a colored design over the line? If you did several lines of design, it would be a decorative disguise ... It would add to your work but it would keep you from ripping back.
Oh Stephanie, I'm surprised you've knitted so long and not yet realized that Art has a mind of its own and to be an Artist, you must go with the flow of your materials and what they want to do. Only God makes perfect creations. Many American quilts have deliberate backwards squares or accidental changes in the pattern left that way as an acknowledgement that humans are flawed, but in often beautiful ways. My best work has been flawed in beautiful, surprising ways.
Only viewing it from the picture in your post may cause it to look this way, but it kind of looks to me like at the line of demarcation that you "switched" sides and starting knitting the same stitches, only reversed the back side with the front, or vice versa.The stitches look the same, but like they are oriented in slightly different directions.
Could be just the distortion of the photo, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I agree with some of the others:start undoing at the beginning and add it to the end, binding off at the line. Good luck.
I so don't get the perfection thing. If you want something hand made it has a bit of variety - just part of the charm.
Why don't you try re-steam-blocking again, with more on the needles this time? If the line blocks out, you're fine. If it doesn't block out, then you KNOW for SURE that you had to frog. Very little lost, in the long run.
That line would irk me, too, unless there is some great story that goes along with it (for example, a friend's grandmother started an afghan that the friend later finished, which has a similar line - good story, makes the line loveable and something of value instead of EVIL).
In this case, I'm with the group suggesting you remove the unruly bit at the beginning - I know you can't match the pattern knitting back down from there, but I'd snip, ravel, bind off, then carry on knitting at the current working edge. A pint (or four) will certainly help. Best of luck to you!
I think you changed the stich pattern slightly. Towards the cast on the row that has the YO separated by 1 stitch seems to be on a purl side. On the portion that is closer to the needle, this same row seems to be on the knit side. Is there a chance that you have either one extra row, or you joined the yarn on the wrong edge (but then again you aren't using circs, so maybe not). But the is certainly a difference. It would drive me batty, but the new baby will never notice.
Oh honey.... everytime I discover a mistake like that I just tell the recipent it's what makes it authentic. Even if you knit another blanker, it would never be exactly the same. Of course I also had a baby blanker with a drop yarn over ( a big hole in my knitting) forever imortalized in the baby picture they do at the hospital. It was a mistake I didn't even catch. The camera sure did though.
What do you WANT to do? Rip or live? As for me, I would rip. That one ball may have been defective. It does look bad to and it would bug me to no end.
I would just have to put all else aside and re-knit FAST!
When you make mistakes like this after so many years of experience, it gives me the courage to keep on knitting and call myself a knitter. Out of the dozen or so projects I've done over the past few years since I have started knitting, only maybe one or two shine as being something I could really say worked out and that I can be proud of. With such dismal statistics I suppose I should try crocheting since it's quicker and easier, but I love knitting, even more so because of your thoroughly entertaining blog.
Dear jebus woman, cut and graft! CUT AND GRAFT!
Motherf*^r!! That's pretty much all I would be saying right about now if I was in your shoes.
It looks to me like you changed needle sizes. The holes on the top half look bigger than the holes on the bottom half. I know I would rip it out but I'm a little nuts...
Not enough time to read through all 300+ posts, so just in case this hasn't already been suggested, would it be possible to thread a ribbon through 'the line' (blue/pink/neutral yellow...) and see if that softens the change?
Either way - it is a beautiful blanket and will be cherished.
The suspense is killing me. Killing me. Can you post a picture to twitter of the current blanket state? Can we start BlanketWatch 2012?
Must. Know. Fate of Blanket! This is the refrain in my head...
No way no how. When I give a gift, I preface it by saying that there's probably a mistake in there someplace and if there isn't, they wouldn't know it was from me. I make a lot of mistakes.
I'd have to rip it out too. My best advice is to be kind to yourself time-wise on the new and improved version. There is nothing wrong with giving a baby gift even a week or two after the baby's birth. I would rather give it a little late and have it be exactly the way I want it to be, rather than giving it on time but with "the line".
Oi, been there, done that...
The truth? I would rip it out. It would bother me.
Is it possible to rip the part where the first ball of yarn was used? That will be lesser to "mend" and it makes more sense since that is the offending ball of yarn. I guess doing the pattern backwards will be easy peasy for you? Or to knit up to that line and graft?
Whatever it is, it is still a wonderful piece of handiwork :)
Does "new blanket deadline" mean you've re-started?!
As much as I agree with the comments saying mom & baby won't notice, it's a cherished gift...it would haunt me forever! I'd only see " The Line"!
If it were me, I would break the yarn at that point, and unpick it at the fault (giving you the the right first row for your pattern repeat), feed some yarn thro, giving you the provisional cast on it looks like you started with. Then you can carry on knitting up with the good yarn and discard the bad yarn or use it for something else. That would be a lot less work than frogging the whole lot.
Assuming you don't want to just leave it that is. If I was posting it away somewhere and would probably never see it in person again, I might leave it. But I think it would forever bug in me in an heirloom I would see over and over. But we are all different.
No doubt by the time you will have read this reply and everyone elses, you will have take action one way or the other anyway.
Okay, this may sound harsh, but it's offered in a spirit of truth & even kindness: I don't know anyone who appreciates a gift that has defects right from the get go, and even worse is the gift in which someone tries to disguise the mistakes (with ribbons, a crocheted edging, etc.) And having read your books and blog, I don't think you'd be really happy giving such a gift, either.
Besides, you're the Yarn Harlot, for Pete's sake. You can't give knitted gifts with mistakes in them. You just can't. Some pre-teen novice might be able to get away with that, but....well, not you.
Just rip it - and remember, you LIKE to knit, so just think of it as doing more of what you like to do.
As a perfectionist, I feel your pain but please leave the line in the blanket. If you hope for it to become a family heirloom, part of the treasure of an heirloom is the one of a kind individual beauty of the piece. In this case, not only will the "line" become part of the story but when you are 90 that grandniece or nephew may own the only piece of knitting that Aunt Steph did with a definite something "not quite right" in it and that will also be special.
If you can't live with it, finish it off as is (now or later) and donate it. There are so many baby blanket charities. Just start a new one for this baby, so all that work doesn't go to waste.
You have my sincere sympathy on this dilemma. I think I'd just go with it and block the bejesus out of it. You don't want to knit bad juju into it after all and you might if you frog it. And I bet it was too the yarn. Somehow you got a ball that was either mislabeled or had the label switched somehow. Been there, done that and have the lovely blue sweater with a line right across the bust to show for it.
I'm with everyone else. Knit that much extra and then cut off the offending portion. then you have live stitches to play with when you pick up for your border anyway, right? Easy-peasy.
I agree with everyone who has already suggested the cut-and-graft thing. For the love of wool, don't rip the *whole* thing back.
GO STEPH GO!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
I completely understand your perfectionist's feelings about the blanket. But please be realistic. This is a baby blanket that someone, somewhere along the line, is bound to throw in the washer and dryer, at which point this faint line will not matter or even be seen again. Also, what is to say that ripping back and then using another ball of yarn wouldn't give you a similar problem.
Snip it, take it off, use it as edging.
That line is meant to be there. It is not a mistake. It's just what it is. doesn't take away from the hours you've put into it, or the beauty of the thing. It is, after all, just a line. The blanket is beautiful and if you get to look back on it years from now, perhaps you'll think "what a beautiful blankie, was I really that upset about a line? Where IS that line anyway? Knit on in love,
'cause that's all that really matters. The baby will doubtless feel wrapped in that love...and that's what really matters.
Perfection sometimes is not what it seems.
my vote: leave it on. the baby won't care.
Can you just pick up the stitches above it and create a new provisional and rip that part backwards?
My perfectionist and I both agree that you can't leave it as it stands and the weird first ball of yarn needs to be cast out on an island somewhere far far away.
SQUUUIINT your eyes and
You will see,
The curve of the little
Fans are aimed
But is reversed on the bottom.
meaning that it is not front and back
Top to bottom..
You flipped your rows
Been there, so sory.
Finish it (later) and donate it. Then get some yarn from Tina and make a new one. That baby won't care if it's done in time. And you'll still have an heirloom.
Take a deep breath, pull on your big girl bloomers and rip. You really know you have to nothing else will do for you.
There are some good suggestions here, which you should consider. However, I know exactly how you feel and I would start over. I might take the idea from one commenter to donate the one with the line and start with new yarn. Good luck Stephanie.
I used to think I was a perfectionist, but you have me beat. I'm more of a "how can I make this work" type, I guess. I'd try the suggestions that included washing it or disguising it with a bit of ribbon or (I know you'll hate this one) a crotcheted bit of edging over it. Or maybe you can figure out what happened and do ANOTHER band of it at the other end?
I made a ripple afghan for my first daughter's baby blanket. She got it when she was 4. (I started it when she was 2?) it was way too small and the gauge got drastically smaller at times (stress with toddler, need I say more?) so it is very odd looking. She is ten and she sleeps with it every night.
When I was making the next daughter's blanket she was already 5 so i decided to make it BIG... and ran out of yarn before I got to the second repeat. Some knitters had the brilliant suggestion (after I drove all over town and tried to find a match/substitute for the run-out color, but it was one of those group-lot numbers that can mean anything) that I reverse the colors so it is symmetric instead of just repeats. It is long and narrow because I couldn't quite deal with how to add on to the starting edge after all that. She loves it and sleeps with it every night.
I haven't started the boys' blankets yet. I am trying to talk them into new colors and patterns. I am a bit sick of ripples!
Finish the blanket. Donate it to a women's shelter. The women there need a bit of beauty in their lives....and so do their babies. They would not care one bit about a subtle line of yarn difference. Your efforts would not be wasted.
Another good explanation to anyone who asks: some cultures believe that since only God is/should be perfect that you should always introduce an imperfection so that your soul isn't trapped in the work.
And really, anyone who asks is just not right. I mean, you spend hours and hours making this and someone (ANYone) thinks they can nitpick it? They should get a life (and knit their own baby blanket half so well).
I had to make a similar decision a few months ago. Also a baby blanket. It had multiple interlocking cables and after I blocked it I found that I had made an error on one of the crossovers in the middle of the blanket. I wasted precious hours trying to correct it. I knit a completely different blanket for the precious baby. Too many bad words spoken over the previous one. My year old granddaughter was the recipient of a beautiful doll blanket salvaged from the cabled blanket. Just like you I would always know it wasn't worthy even though no one else would have noticed or cared. I feel your pain
How about over dyeing it?
Ow. That's hard. You have my sympathy (and likely the sympathy of about a thousand other knitters).
You already know the answer, don't you? You know the perfectionist in you will not let you live with that line. For all I know, you have already ripped it apart by the time I post my comment, but if you are still undecided about it, then how about my saying 'Delivering a heirloom blanket a few days late is better than giving one with that blasted line and feeling guilty about it every time you see the baby or the blanket'.
Been there. Ripped it out. Started again. Saw another mistake about 6 inches into it. Ripped it again. Took a break. Thought about all the trouble in the world: poor people, starving people, people in pain, homeless people, dying people. Looked around at my life and the blessings I have. Started again with a kinder more gentle perspective. All went well. So it will with you.
Why I ask do we all strive for total perfection? I personally think it gives the blanket unique character and and a great story to tell years from now. This comes from a knitter who spent six hours today ripping, knitting, ripping etc the honeycomb vest. I couldn't live with the imperfection! It was glaring! I will happily support any decision you make. Good luck!
Why I ask do we all strive for total perfection? I personally think it gives the blanket unique character and a great story to tell years from now. This comes from a knitter who spent six hours today ripping, knitting, ripping etc the honeycomb vest. I couldn't live with the imperfection! It was glaring! I will happily support any decision you make. Good luck!
What about running some gorgeous ribbon through at that point? Or over-dyeing. But I think it's the yarn - - it's thicker, somehow. Humidity?
Rip it and weave something? It'd be faster....
Are you near a deadline for this blanket? If not, I say set it aside for awhile, until you're less emotionally attached to all the work you've put into it. Frogging is a dish best served cold.
Lynn in Tucson is right about weaving one instead (says Lynda in Tucson). There are some pretty and simple lace weaving tricks you could use on your rigid heddle. But failing that,I'd run a life-line through just above the change, then rip out the bottom, and add on to the top with a new ball of yarn.
Eclair, I loved the story of your grandmother. Made me cry. How lovely to have that woman make sure ALL of her children's children's children were wrapped, and how lovely that one did!
I can only hope I will be able to do the same. Such love. Thank you.
I go with the lifeline, rip up and add to the top. Egads - 12 rows from the end. It was in your writing, long ago, that I got it that knitting isn't just going forward, it encompasses all sorts of extra journeys. Best of luck. Perhaps baby just needs a bit more time anyway.
I say _ kindly but firmly - finish it and let it go. The mom wont notice until you point it out, the baby will never notice ..you need to remember that hand made is not perfect. You are not perfect, and that is a gift - not a failing.
Steek off the first bit?
Sew. Cut. Add fancy edging. Smile.
Wabi Sabi. Beautiful in its imperfection. I don't always adhere to this philosophy myself when knitting, but its always worth thinking about and considering how such a subtle imperfection can be a reminder of the loving, human hands that created it and how that might be the most important gift of all.
NO!!! Do NOT rip. For years to come, the heirloom sort of years to come, will be grateful that you did not rip it back to acheive perfection. Truly, we all want perfection, but the acheiving part...Generations forward will look to this blanket and think either, "why the fuck did she not fix the mistake" (1%) or "look at the love and work that went into this blanket while she (you) had so many other burdens to deal with." (99%).
I don't see a line. maybe 'cause it's 230 in the morning, but I see no line. I think it's a gorgeous blanket anyway, and if there's a kid wrapped in it, the supposed line will be covered anyway. Leave it.
It would bother me too and I am not a perfectionist by far, but some things must be just right, like babyblankets and tumbling blocks patchwork. I have ripped out about 40 1 inch diamonds out of a completed patchwork top because the glue the tiny samples of cotton were attached with to the shops papers would not come out. Ouch, a hell of a lot of extra work, like snipping the start of the baby blanket. I really thought you were going to write about your solution: feeding a lifeline above the offending line, snipping and painstakingly removing snippets of yarn, picking up stitches and doing a few knitting rows and binding of. Maybe a bit of spinning will give you the relaxed time to think it over again. The non perfectionist in me would choose this as an opportunity to finish beginning and end of the blanket with a row of tiny crochet picots to hide any trace of the finished start from the trained eye and I would feel very clever of changing woolfailure in skilltriumph.
Dont rip. A-you may not have enough yarn. B- you may not have enough time. C- it gives the baby a place to aim. D-you cant trust the difference in appearance becuase you handled the fabric differently. E- wrap a child in love not frustration &perfectionism. That said i have frogged entire shawls &sweaters becuase they werent right if the yarn justified it. Id finish it &knit the perfect one later.
I feel your frustation! The perfectionist in me would have a problem with it too. Do you have enough yarn without that errant ball in the mix? Can you snip out that line, frog that part and knit the border, then continue to knit the rest of it?
I know why this happened, even after 30something years of experience. It's to show us (less experienced and less genius) that these things happen (even to a brillant knitter) and that we have no excuse to give up now. Thank you for sharing this.xxxAnn(Belgium)
I know how annoying it is for you. However, the blanket is for the baby - will the baby care?
Crochet a nice edging around the blanket and along the line - it will look like the top of the blanket is an extra-thick layer.
Oh poor you!, that needs a big glass of wine.
Don't rip it! I'm with the lifeline and snip people.
I also think the heirloom idea is a bit over-optimistic, it's for a baby after all.It's not going to be worn once for a christening and put away, it is going to be loved as only a baby can (really messily).
Flawed yarn. You were bit by the yarn that you feed. It's not you, not the enviroment. Just a matter of genetics. Now if this were yours to keep - I'd say, love the one you're with. While passing on genetic quirks isn't the worst thing in the world, it does give one pause. Either way, this blanket will always have its own special story, travels to the beat of a different drummer, is as unique as the babe to which it will be given. Now, to whom does it belong?
I like it. If I were you I'd figure out how I did it and do it at about the same point on the end. Now it's not a mistake, it's a design element!
Pick up the stitches at the line, take off the botton. Re-knit the bottom and graft it on. It still sucks, but you don't have to rip back the good part.
I'm so sorry. You definitely deserve a beer for that! Being an eternal optimist (or as some people might say totally disconnected with reality) I understand how you could keep knitting and convince yourself that it would all work out. I agree with some of the other commenters, is there a way that you could keep knitting the part you are working on until it's as long as you need it to be and then rip out the offending beginning? You could keep the live stitches at the beginning of the right section and then do a border. That seems like it would still be a pain in the butt, but not as painful as ripping the whole thing out and starting over. I'm such a slow knitter, especially with lace, that I just might give up if I had to start the whole thing again. I would definitely try ripping out the beginning, the whole while telling my overly optimistic self that the part I was ripping out wasn't really the real blanket, only a provisional cast on made with mutant yarn. Then I would find a border that would work with what I had. You are the Yarn Harlot, Knitter Extraordinaire! If anyone can make this work, you can!
Forgive me if this comment is a repeat.... there are so many offering you advice and solace.... I will return later to see more of everyone's comments... but here is what I was thinking. Snip the thread at the place where the line is, use the piece that looks different as a drag blanket... my girls always had one lovey blanket that kept getting smaller and smaller over the years, give the strip as a backup blankie for when the larger one has been loved to death! Might even make for a kid sized scarf. You know how kids are, it'll be loved as its own item. Then you can quell the voices that make you feel bad about the line.
If you're 90 and can still still a line, then knit a new one. I think perfectionism is getting the better of you. Perhaps this could be an heirloom that reminds you of the moment you realized that people are not perfect, that you love them just the same if not more because of their blemishes. Or if you already ripped it, sigh. Save that soul lesson for another day.
You have to fix it. The mere fact you are blogging about it means you have to fix it. Leaving it as is will bother you more than the chore of ripping it out. You knit faster than a speeding bullet.....you can finish in time...I'm sure of it.
I really think that someone above me's suggestion to steek cut that section, bind off and use the unravelled yarn for border is a GREAT idea. much better than undoing ALL your perfect knitting
the other thing is, would a proper wet blocking make a difference rather than a steam block? you could do that while it's still on the needles if you're careful and have somewhere to dry it?
You have my sympathy. I too rip it back because I know it's going to bug me forever if I don't. I hope there is some solution that will let you keep the working part.
Consider it the top, fluffy border, like the edge tape on a blanket. DO NOT FROG!
Also, you could flaunt it with a woven in ribbon!
I would consider threading skinny ribbons or a decorative yarn in a matching color throughout the blanket to disguise the change. I would not rip it out.
Oh dear, oh dear! It almost looks as though you knit that part with a different size needle. My suggestion? Give the whole thing a good soaking and then see how it looks. I feel your pain.
Optimism: The triumph of hope over experience .
Attributed to Samuel Johnson
Any suggestion I was going to make has been made (immersion block, kitchener) so I'll just send my best wishes for an easier fix than your butterflied tummy is telling you needs to be done. I'm sure there's a better solution. It's going to be alright.
I've been told the Amish deliberately make a mistake on the quilts they make cuz only God is perfect, this has worked for me!
You need to do sideways thinking. Snip the yarn at the line. Cast off. Continue the blanket at your existing working side. Create your heirloom.
I would just attempt an overdye.
Oh rats, I see someone has already written my own 'pearl of wisdom'...about the Amish. I have seen several of their quilts, and they all have a mistake. It's rather charming, in my eyes.
However, if it really bothers you, why not cut the bottom off? Do you have enough yarn? Use the bottom yarn for the border?
Laugh with it, harlot, just laugh :)
Oh man, We've all been there. The dreaded " to rip out, or not to rip out" debate. When I teach knitting lessons, and a student has made a mistake big enough to warrant ripping out, I just tell them about your theory on how per hour, knitting is such a cheap form of entertainment, and when you rip it out, you are doubling your entertainment value! Now the trick is to get myself to believe it :) good luck!
With the way the light is hitting the stitches, it looks as if you started to knit with the back facing towards you when you changed yarns? If that's what it is, you could do the same when you get to the last ball of yarn, and have matching 'bands' at each end.
Well, good morning! I've read/glanced through all the comments and have this to say...
I love the reference to a Life Lesson.
I love the connection to the indicator line on a pregnancy test stick. This also rings true for those who struggle with infertility and ovulation...is there a line? Please be a line!
Many of the suggestions advised the use of a lifeLINE!
A mother can count the lines on her face; many of them due only to the fact that she is a mother.
There are far worse things than a line.
When all else fails remember, as a dear, dear friend of mine who passed away several years ago and was the mother I wish I was, always said, "A blind man would be glad to see it."
Everything will work out exactly the way that it's supposed to.
Speaking of backwards and forwards, is that what you did? Could you possibly have picked up the new ball and turned your work around and knit? The pattern is symmetric, but the interior of the lace would stick out slightly differently.
Just a thought. I bet I know what you're going to do.
I am amazed that you could read through all these pages of remarks! I couldn't, but surely by now someone has suggested that you snip at the line of demarcation and unpick a row so that the unacceptable part drops off? Don't unravel the whole damn steamed and finished blanket. Just remove the unsatisfactory part. Then felt it and make a soaker diaper out of it.
Let me just say that I worked in an artisan tile "factory" at one time in my life and was amazed at the random events that would affect the final product: weather, humidity, light, heat, touch. All that makes up a day and an environment will appear in some form as a flaw or surprise element, or will remain invisible but create an aura. All the same goes into your knitting, the love, the devotion, the frustration, the pain of aching fingers, the sunlight on one day and the rain of another. All these and countless other factors will create your baby blanket, not just you. It might not be an error at all. Do not be so eager to call it so. I had a friend in highschool who insisted the rampaging pilling on her fair isle sweater was the "beauty" of the thing. I am not lazy and I rip back plenty, but in this case, for this baby, I think all of who you are should go into it, and you are not one little bit flawed, but just as you are. And so is this beautiful gift of love you have created from the very essence of you.
When you teach the child to knit some years from now you can show him/her this blog and explain a very important life lesson through it. Be kinder to yourself. Peace.
Oh dear. :(
Either surgery (which depends on time left) or overdye it. Even a pastel will be enough to hide the slight difference in shades.
Don't Do It! It is beautiful the way it is. It is these "imperfections" that make it handmade and not some machine made cloth of perfection.
Aaaaaaaaaand I didn't read properly. It's a gauge difference, not a color one. Hm.
Well.. if it was the very first ball of yarn, can you snip it off, bind off the live stitches and will the border chart handle a rectangular center?
Either way, perfectionist or not, you know as well as I do that the baby is not going to care. A few years of hard use is going to erase all signs of gauge differences, and when it's put away for use by the baby's babies, nobody is going to be thinking about whether or not the knitter used two different lots of yarn. :)
I am so hoping that you cut off the bottom, picked it up and casted it off rather than unravelling the top. And maybe made the bottom into something else. It is a beautiful blanket.
I know the feeling. One starts to squint at it trying not to see the line. I would start thinking of cures that don't involve ripping it out. Like is there another "different" ball available? Check the ball band from the "different" one. In one project I made some of the yarn came from a different country, although evidently dyed in the same vat
in Canada. If another ball is available, use that ball as your last ball so the different yarn is balanced on each end of the main section. Or consider running a coloured ribbon through the line, and another one the same distance from the other end. Perhaps colour-coded to gender of baby. Or a line of coloured embroidery--little flowers or a zig/zag line. I would hate to give up all that knitting with the timeline you have, plus how busy you are. Think of cures, rather than re-dos.
Marlyce in Windsor Ontario
If I were there, I'd pour you a tall pint or bring you a bottle of wine :( Here is an alternate grafting solution:
If I'm seeing the picture correctly, the begin of the blanket looks like a provisional cast on for a knitted border. If so, how about just reknitting the rows of the offending first ball after ball three (to the top of the blanket); so ball 2 becomes the beginning, ball 3 becomes the middle, and ball 4 is now the end of the blanket. Then snip and rip out ball 1 - the offending ball, put the live stitches of ball 2 on your holder and that is now the live stitches for the knitted border. The last row of the blanket might need to be tweaked to match-up with the first row, but it would save you from frogging two balls of knitting and you don't have to worry about grafting on a whole section. Just a thought.
I want GRETCHENG to talk to me when I run into these snafoos. Read her post carefully, Stephanie, she puts some perspective on the situation!
ACK!!! Is there, perhaps, any way that you can snip a stitch in the middle right at THE LINE a la after thought heel, unravel only one row as you slip waste yarn through the bottom, and then pretend that this new bottom of live stitches is your new provisional caston?
It looks like it's a provisional caston in your pics. Why not just make THE LINE the new start of your blanket and just knit that much further at the other end?
I say steam it again and see if it blends better. If not, THEN rip. I hate when this happens.
I totally get it. But you're too far gone to rip. Cut the offending part off and reverse engineer the edge. You're not going to be able to use the "bad" yarn anyway. And then tell us how you did it. :)
I am sorry you have to do this but I will hope that the baby comes a few days late.
My grandmama made a wedding quilt for my parents, and accidentally put the same colours touching in one small spot. She didn't notice until she gave it away, and by that time it was the most loved gift of the bunch. It became my quilt and I loved it to death. When it became a little too well loved and needed to be redone, I put in the same flaw, and it now belongs to my eldest. That little flaw is now a part of the love of the piece. Nobody's perfect, but the love shows.
I second rams', LaurieM's, Irish Clover's, KathyC's suggestion. Thread through the line, snip, and only take out the offending section. Much less to re-knit.
DON'T!! Just cut off the first ball of yarn pickling up live sts for the border. Then you'll only lose the one balls worth of knitting, not all of it
I can't see the line. But then, I have less experience than you, so my eyes are not as eagle-sharp.
Still, if I were knitting that and noticed that flaw, I'd keep knitting. I would say, "oh it's intentional," and finish, block, and give to baby with no fuss at all.
is there not a way to only unravel the first part of the knitting (from the cast on edge) and then add a new skein on the other side of the blanket where you are still knitting?
You are a better woman then I if you manage to finish that blanket with out sounding like a frog. *ribbet ribbet*
I say use it as a feature - maybe pick up sts along that line and knit a ruffle there. Or add some sort of embroidered flowers over it. Basically, mask it by adding something there.
Would it be possible to frog only that section, reknit from the beginning with the yarn you have and then kitchener the two together?
Or frog that beginning and create a beginning and ending border?
Youu and I know the line must go, you wouldn't want to to gift less than perfection, and every time you see the baby,you'll see the line.
I'd lifeline it, rather than ripping, but I would rip into the yarn co. For the error.
I saw at least one other comment recommending snipping above the line and removing the smaller part. If you can't live with it, that is what I would do with it. (Actually I think I would probably leave it but if it nags, get rid of the smaller part.)
Thought this might help:
The Navajo believe that only God is perfect and that what humans do cannot be on the same perfect level. Therefore, they will make sure some little imperfection is part of anything they create. Usually, one has to look very close to find the imperfection, so it does not detract from the beauty of the item. On a Navajo rug, it’s the loose piece of yarn. On beaded handiwork, one of the beads might be threaded differently to ensure some slight imperfection. For many people, even though the imperfection is not noticeable, knowing it’s part of the creation adds to the charm.
I was going to mention the belief that humans should not strive to be perfect, but Katie (above) just beat me to it. As a semi-perfectionist myself, I feel your pain.
However, the sheer mystery of the line lends itself to another perspective. It's unique, it was made with love, life is a mystery. Does it HAVE to be perfect? Does it represent anything less even with the imperfection?
Gosh, I thought it was a pretty tonal effect done on purpose!!
Crap, crap and double crap. I can totally see it and it's certainly noticeable. Is it possible one of the other balls would knit up that way and you could end with that and make it look intentional?
As cruel as it sounds I would either a) rip back/frog the whole thing and start over and not use that freak ball of yarn or b) start a totally different blanket that might be quicker with different yarn or c) cry and say "f*%k it, I'm going to bed".
So sorry about that!
As a recovering perfectionist myself, I am in the camp with Presbytera and your mother. But I know you will do what you will do...
..now you KNOW how many people read your blog and LOVE it (and you)..Thanks for sharing so much so very dearly. It really means a lot to know about the glitches as well as the victories, Girlfriend! Do NOT rip that knitting! Buy new yarn and start over..Finish it whenever it's done and the baby and mama will be none the wiser; you'll be proud of it and you'll decide to donate or fix the other bad one under less stress..Too many cold people in this world to waste all that knitting and it takes a lot of time to frog, to boot...
I just finished knitting the Dale pattern, Perlemor, for my unborn niece after being inspired by the beautiful one that you had knit. I now affectionately refer to it as the sweater so nice I knit it twice. First was an actual knitting mistake in the body...when my husband was able to spot it, I decided it had to go. Next was an error similar to yours with the blanket...I had finished the yoke and suddenly noticed a distinct line that I hadn't seen in the poor light of my bedroom. Turned out that a rogue ball of a slightly different cream-colored wool had gotten into my project bag and that is what I had used for the FIRST half of the yoke. The real horror was that ALL the other balls in the bag were the OTHER cream-color, which meant that the whole yoke needed to be ripped back to fix the mistake. All this to say that I feel your pain, but do believe it will need to be fixed to really meet your high standards!
I think I would take out the beginning and perhaps make a larger border to compensate for the smaller center size. I couldn't live with it either, even tho' the baby may not notice until it is an adult...
I feel your pain.
Have not read all the other advice, but I would remind you that only God makes things perfect. Having said that, I probably would keep seeing it myself in my own work.
Just read the comment from annetta on Jan 26 about having reversed the pattern. If you look at your close up, you can see what she saw - the little fans ARE reversed in the beginning section and the subsequent larger body......... so sorry...
We feel your pain and will hold your hand through cyber space! I would have to change it.....when I haven't in the past, I always keep seeing it!
I'm on the side of those who say only God is perfect, your can't control everything, the baby is going to throw up on the blanket anyway. Leave the line as a marker of the day Auntie Steph finally let go and moved on. Good luck.
Knit it 15-20cm extra and whack off the beginning. Pick up your border from there.
Another in the "pull out the beginning and knit more at the end" camp. If you can't do that then rip. I'm so sorry.
Many sympathies and all of my knitting speed for the next few weeks.
I hope some of the other ideas will save you from a complete rip.
Best of luck.
You many commenters above have already given you so many ideas, but I can add my vote to the mix.
If if were me, I'd have to rip it. But I might not want to admit that, so I'd probably just throw the whole damn thing into a closet somewhere and start a new blanket from scratch, pretending the first didn't exist until I was far less emotionally invested in it, years later... This might not be the healthiest or most practical solution for you.
While I admire the "put a ribbon/embroidery on the line" camp, I could never live with it like that myself! If I was absolutely hard-pressed for time, I'd most likely lifeline the live stitches on the "good" part and cut the offending part away, and turn the blanket into Shetland-style piece, with a small border around a centre panel.
Whatever you chose, I look forward to seeing your own solution!
I recall a sermon I heard years ago that referenced knitting. The work that is made by machine, without love and care and personality, is often flawless. The work that is made by hand may show that it is made by hand, and as humans we have come to see the little things that distinguish it as handmade as "flaws" when they are truly indicators of love and creativity and the human touch. Leave it the way it is, and carry on. "Your Mother" is right in her comments.
Whatever decision you make is the right decision. The baby will love you no matter what you do.
It almost looks like you put it down and started it in the wrong direction. So it is a front and back on the same side.
I have a suggestion for you. Me an my sisters are all knitters, nearly as crazy as you, and we have come up with a solution to phenomena such as these. That moment when your whits leave you is the moment when your creative personality is taking over. Creative personalities are tricky things, always trying to convince you to make terrible knitting decisions. Promptly after discovering this, we decided to name our alternate selves to give us more control over the situation (or at least someone to blame). Your creative personality should start as the same letter as your real name such as Suzet for me (Sara) or Raquel for Robin. You should consider naming yours. Something like Stella or another odd s name. You should consider it!
DO NOT frog back on this blanket!! You can use a dye up to that "line" for a subtle colour change...Kool-Aid works well for this, so does food colouring. Check Ravelry, there's a whole bunch of info there (but you know that already). Save yourself the worry and angst. There's always a solution!
I thought the same thing as Cyndi when I saw it (that a back and front side are mixed). Of course I have a talent for laying things down and going the wrong direction so it isn't the first time I've seen it.
If you leave it and move on no other baby will ever have another like it plus, there are several viable options listed above such as ribbon or dye or folding it over and making an actual blanket edge that is thicker.
Please don't rip it!
The baby's not going to care at all, and I think that after a while of use, the line might become less visible. And also, you have only steamed it, you haven't washed it yet. Wouldn't that make a greater difference?
I wouldn't rip it. And I say that being a perfectionist... small irregularities make some things even more lovable.
I think I see a provisional cast on. Either way, I would rip from the bottom up and continue knitting at the top until it was it was long enough. Then, I would cut up the frogged yarn in a fit of anger and throw it away or burn it.
I find it interesting that changing the ball of yarn had such an impact. I feel your pain and if it is gonna bother you rip it and redo.
I am a ripper. I's rather do something several times than live with a mistake. I knit for 2 granddaughters and they would never see a mistake but I see it. I feel your pain.
Honestly, the baby won't care - it will just cuddle and suck it anyway! Don't rip it!
Don't frog it! Thread a ribbon through the line and call it an embellishment.