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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dare I say it: I love to frog things…

There’s something really satisfying about *un-zipping* those neat little stitches, even if you’re left with a bigger mess than the one you’re trying to fix…

After I used a seam ripper to remove the left zipper piece (I always make the Left Buttonband first to know how to space my buttonholes on the Right Buttonban), I ran into a snag…

Because I trimmed a too-long zipper to fit the front edge, I had to reinforce the top part to make a zipper stop. I used buttonhole thread and really made a nice tack in that area and also made a buttonhole stitch at the top of the tape so it wouldn’t unravel.

This proved really hard to take out and off course, I wonked the collar portion quite a bit. The collar was added after the original band was knit on the fronts. My game plan was to frog the band and save the *live sts* of the collar for later re-attachment. It sounds more evil than it really is: easy…

But I damaged a couple of rows and really panicked before I just cowboy’d up and realized all I had to do was attach the new ball of yarn and KNIT the TWO ROWS I killed. Duh.

Then it was a cake walk to use that same working yarn to pick up the front sts, as shown below, waiting for their turn now on the needle…

Pattern by Shirley Paden, Vogue Magazine Fall 2002

6 responses to “Tuesday, April 22, 2008”

  1. karen w says:

    You’ve always got such cool little tricks up your sleeve to modify things.
    The sweater is lovely, BTW.

  2. Bonne Marie says:

    Ah. You are too kind because, well, necessity is a Mothaa…

    I really scummed up the top of the sweater where it meets the collar and it was Sheer Luck that it was reparable at all! I am SO HAPPY!!!

  3. Janet says:

    I want you to know that you’ve inspired me to frog. I undid an entire sweater last night (one that turned out truly awful). Now I feel like I have a bunch of new yarn. Thanks for showing me the way. . .

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    Janet, I am standing up CHEERING for YOU! What a brave and wonderful thing to do and How About That New Found Yarn..Such a bonus…

  5. Bonne, only you and your camera can make “Frog” ravel look good.

    Have a great weekend…. this is my Friday


  6. Tracey says:

    Hmmm, I think I remember when that sweater was cast on, or am I thinking of a different one. I know I’ve seen you knit that stitch pattern before. I adore the color. Fuchsia and lime green, you have such marvelous taste.

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