Daybreak does not always come as scheduled.

Once I finished knitting the sweater for Ser Percival The Energetic and the sweater for Melissa's baby and and the Calorimetry for Jocelyn and fingerless mitts and hat and scarf for Alex and the hat for Matthew, I can finally get back to knitting for me me Me! (Never mind that Noro hat I made for myself last month.)

The project for me was Stephen West's Daybreak (photo cheerfully snatched from Ravelry), which had been long in the planning stages.

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The pattern was well-written and nearly mindless — as always, my favorite kind of knitting. I was closing in on the last section when I noticed something.

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Can you see it? Probably not. Let's take another look.

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Still no? 

A hint — let me give you it.

Daybreak line

The increases should all have been done to the right of that line of slipped stitches. Apparently I got a little confused as to which side of that particular column was right and which was left, resulting in a wonky column of slipped stitches.

Having had some recent success in dropping back and fixing things, I decided to attempt that here. After all, if others can drop back and fix a miscrossed cable, surely I ought to be able to fix a few misplaced increases, right? Right.

The dropping back part was easy, as was fixing the slipped stitches.

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The rest was not difficult, but it looked like crap.

Daybreak crap

This is fingering weight yarn on US#4 needles. Had it been on #1s or #2s I might have been able to make it look okay, but the loose gauge — necessary to make the scarf drape nicely — was impossible for me to duplicate neatly with a crochet hook. Would blocking have fixed it? Maybe, but I didn't want to take a chance.

I frogged back to the little brass safety pin and reknit that 4 inches. And gave a sigh of relief.

Here is how it looks today:

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A bit later, still sopping wet.

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Blocking (please to admire the nice straight columns of slipped stitches):

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Someday, a modeled shot…

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0 Responses to Daybreak does not always come as scheduled.

  1. Bonnie says:

    It takes strength to rip back, esp. on the long edge! Good work. It’s really pretty.

  2. gayle says:

    Well, there went my kicking holes theory…
    It’s beautiful. You probably could have tweaked the stitches out to make them look right, but it would have taken just as long as ripping and reknitting.

  3. Soxanne says:

    Well, it looks great now!

  4. Chris says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of ripping – I’d still have it on time out. 🙂

  5. Mary Lou says:

    I probably would have ignored it, figuring it would be smooshed up around my neck anyway. Aren’t you glad I’m not your accoutant?

  6. Cookie says:

    Oh no!
    I’m so sorry, sweetie, but I’m glad you ripped it back. I’m sure you’ll be happier with it now.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    See, this is why I’m the perfect person for whom to knit; even when you explained the problem, I went, “Huh? Looks pretty to me.”
    Feel free to mail all future rejects to Duluth. I may be terrible at spotting knitting mistakes, but I’m very good at opening envelopes.

  8. Carrie#K says:

    Beauteous slipped stitches. Looks good!

  9. Vicki says:

    Oh man. Love how it turned out!

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