Second chance knitting

One of the things that I love about knitting is that you can always tweak it if it’s not exactly the way you want it.

When I first knit my carbon/pollen version of my Lucky Star shawl, I knit 9 repeats of the edging, and decided it was too much. I didn’t want the bright edging to overwhelm the shawl. I ripped it back to five repeats, and deemed it perfect.

And it was. Fresh off the blocking wires, it was just the way I wanted it.

But this very bouncy, round Knitted Wit Victory Sock yarn relaxed a bit, making the edging a little shorter than I anticipated.

So I tinked the dark carbon bind off, and added two more repeats of the lace edging for a total of 7 repeats.

Each row is about 450 stitches, so I’m adding 3600 stitches. Piece o’ cake.

Binding off…again!

Now I just have a few extra ends to sew in. *After* I re-block. I could sew before blocking, but I never clip the ends until after, anyway. I don’t want the ends to pop through when I block my shawls. Since I don’t want to handle the ends twice, I just wait and take care of it all after blocking.

Do you sew your ends before or after blocking? And have you ever tinked a bind off to lengthen or shorten a piece of knitting? (Are you as fussy as I am?)

5 responses to “Second chance knitting

  1. I have finally come to terms with ‘adjusting’ like that. Prior to the epiphany, ripping back would have caused angst and frustration.(All that work!) Then it would have been disappointment about the mingy new border. Etc.

    Now, it doesn’t make much difference as it’s just making it be what I want. A more zen approach, I think. Or at least less angst-y. Doesn’t work for deadlines, lide OFFF shawls, but for satisfying finished goods it sure does!

  2. I always weave ends in before blocking so they will smooth nicely with the rest of the knitting. And I have tinked many a bind off mostly because I played yarn chicken and lost.

  3. I always sew in before blocking, I guess it’s not ready for blocking until I do. LOL Lovely pattern.

  4. Jacqueline Siegel

    Where are you! Posting shots of knitting in Hawaii in December isn’t fair!

  5. I usually wait until after blocking to weave in the ends on lace projects where I know I’m going to stretch the item. For sweaters or things like that, I don’t bother to wait. My logic is that I can match the tension of the stretched knitting better and make the ends “more invisible”. I’m afraid if I weave in the ends first, that section of knitting might not stretch as well as the rest of the item and distort the fabric. That might be crazy, but I just wait so I’ll have one less thing to worry about.