The front of a purple cardigan. The sleeve is laid across the front and brown and shell coloured buttons are fastened up the centre.

Going back to fix my mistakes

A while ago I shared with you my disappointment at my most recent finished object and my thoughts on how to overcome it. Now that I have finished it (again!) I thought I’d share what I’ve discovered with you in case you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

If you’re not familiar with the trouble I found myself in you can read about it here, but the options open to me were to either rip out the entire cardigan and start again or just rip out and re-knit the main problem, in this case the button band. I couldn’t face ripping out 12 months worth of work, so decided to tackle the more visible problem of the button band.

Before ripping it out I tried it on again and really looked at the things that I didn’t like about it. The most obvious one was that the band was too short which was causing the whole thing to rise up at the front. The other was that the v-neck was also too short and it didn’t really suit me. So with these problems in mind I set about putting them right.

I picked up extra stitches along the front edges this time, which was a little tricky with the slip stitch edging I’d decided to do, but it turns out you can always find an extra loop if you look hard enough! Before I started to work the button holes I tried it on one last time and marked where I would like the top button to sit with a lockable stitch marker. Lowering the position of the top button would help to create a deeper ‘v’ and thankfully any difference between the new placement and where I had started the neck shaping was hidden across my bust.

Initially I thought that I would need fewer button holes, but with the increased number of stitches I was able to still use the original instructions and have them finish where I wanted them to. These easy solutions have made all the difference, as the bottom hem now runs perfectly straight around the whole cardigan leaving me with something that I am much more proud to wear.

The moral of this sorry tale? If while you are knitting your gut instinct is telling you that something isn’t right and that you should rip it out and try to fix it, listen to it. You will save yourself a lot of time and disappointment in the long run!

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