Fussing with finished knitting

Do you ever go back and adjust things, after you’ve finished? Or are you all for good enough and done? Apparently I’m a fusser.

My Parquetry Cowl sample came back to me, and I decided I wanted it to be just a little more…more. So I frogged the ending and I’m adding a half repeat, which will make it 8 inches tall instead of 7. It will look about the same, but there will just be a little more squishiness to enjoy.

I wasn’t sure what needle I had used, and I wanted to use the same material to keep consistent gauge. Ebony? Stainless? I scrolled through my phone to see if I had taken any progress pics.

Bingo! Looks like my Hiya Hiya stainless. Ravelry and the pattern told me it was a US size 6. No guessing here! Did I re-use the yarn that had previously been knitted into the cowl? No. I had plenty left over, and the previous steam blocking left the yarn a bit kinky. I don’t mind knitting with kinky yarn, but I didn’t want it to mess with my gauge. Fresh yarn was a better choice.

Almost done! And because I’m really a fusser, I edited the pattern to add the half repeat ending to it, too. If you recently bought Parquetry from my Ravelry store, you will have received an email regarding an update. But don’t worry; the previous pattern instructions work well, too. BTW, Parquetry is still on sale for 10% off through October 11, 2019.

Also in the fussy column: I decided that my very cropped Soldotna Crop wanted to be just a little longer, too. So I frogged the ribbing at the bottom and added one repeat (6 rows) of the dot stitch pattern, gaining 3/4 of an inch. That’s really all the MC Iris I had left, so that’s long enough! Not worth purchasing another skein for any more length, and it’s perfect now. I’m really happy with it.

So…do you fuss? Tell all!

10 responses to “Fussing with finished knitting

  1. I am definitely NOT a fusser. To the point where finished knits will languish, unworn, because I just can’t bear to work on them again. Done is done!

  2. I do sometimes. Picking stitches back up is always the tricky part for me, but sometimes it’s well worth doing 🙂

    • I don’t know if you do this already when picking up after frogging, but it works for me. I frog until I’m a row above where I want to be. Then I slowly tink the last row, putting each stitch on the needle as I pop the yarn out of the stitch I’m tinking. If the yarn from the row below comes out of the stitch, I’ll pick up both the stitch and the extra strand to fix later; if you try to fix it at the same time, you’ll pull the yarn out of the following stitch (like dominoes!).

      Oh, and always put your left needle into the newly freed stitch from the front of the fabric to the back, so the stitch is mounted properly on the left needle (if you knit conventionally).


  3. I had just reknit the end of a shawl to get the right number of stitches beofre doing the bind off row, only to decided I had too much yarn leftover at the end. Since it was a sock blank dyed in a special way, that I loved the last portion of most, I wanted to use as much of that last portion as possible. So I ripped out the entire border of the shawl and now adding in one more repeat of the 12 row pattern before doing the border., again. Fingers crossed I don’t run out or I’ll be ripping back to where I was before the additions. My Mom had a philosophy that if a mistake could only be detected by you the knitter/seamstress, etc then it was not a mistake but a personal design enhancement. If it was too obvious, yes she would do it over again.

    • How did your game of yarn chicken turn out? Did you have enough yarn for the bind off?

      Sometimes we’re not trying to fix a mistake, we’re just improving on what we have!


  4. I sure do, I’m usually sorry!!!

  5. Michele – you are so sweet to reply to my ‘rant’. I did have to rip again as I ran out of yarn. I took out 2 rows (had weighed how much 2 rows would give me back) from the garter stitch rows between the lovely flowers pattern rows (no noticeable change can be observed though.) Then re knit the final few rows of the flower patterns and did bind off!! I finished with a few grams left over . NO time to block it since then – but I did get the result I desired- YAY!!

    • You are the BOSS of your knitting!

      I’m currently getting bossy with a design idea which has required a change in yarn (plied versus single) and changes in increase/decrease rate to get the look I want. I WILL PREVAIL. (I hope.)