You know how sometimes you’re knitting a thing, and it’s supposed to be symmetrical, and you think, yeah, I am totally going to use up all the yarn I have and it’s going to be perfect? And then you use up all the yarn you have, like, 80% of the way through?
That happened this week. I’m knitting Pettine by Corinna Ferguson, and I misjudged how much yarn was actually in this ball. Pettine is knit sideways in garter stitch, with lace on both ends. In the middle, you increase every other row along one side until you’ve reached (or blazed way past) halfway, and then start decreasing in the same fashion. I find it very satisfying: the lace edges are 4-row and 8-row repeats, respectively, and progress is immediately visible, and the center is just knit-knit-knit between the markers. So it’s mindless and entertaining at the same time. I’m loving it.
Plus, I’m knitting it in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the “Bronzed Lake” colorway, so, can I go wrong? Even having to pull back past where I’d started decreasing, I’m not that upset. More time to knit with a cashmere blend. Because it’s totally cashmere kerchief weather.
Ripping out of this quantity is called frogging (because we “rip it, rip it”), and it can be totally stress free. The key is moving slowly and intentionally, and pausing right before you reach the point at which you’re ready to put your stitches back on the needles. The last row, the one that will get you where you want to be, should be done in super slow motion, so that you can pick each stitch up as it is freed one-by-one. Pull out a stitch, pick it up with your needle; pull out another stitch, pick it up; pull out one more, pick it up. Always pick up your stitches so that the right leg is in front and the left leg is in back of the needle. If the stitch is twisted, don’t worry about it, just straighten it out when you get back to it on the next row.
Remember: you’re the boss, and it’s going to be fine.