Friday, September 21, 2012
To frog or not to frog
I think I'm going to frog. For the non-knitters - that means to basically undo my project. Sometimes it means just going back a few stitches or a few rows. In this instance, I think I'm frogging the whole project. I like the yarn. I like the pattern. I like them together. What I don't like is the gauge at which I'm knitting it. I started this project a couple of years ago when I first took up knitting again - and took it up seriously. I still had a lot to learn - not that I don't still have a lot to learn - but I know a lot more know than I did some 3 years ago when I started this project. (Note - I just went and looked at my project page on ravelry and I started it almost 3 years ago to the day.) So, it's been sitting there, I decided to take it back up again. It's a wrap I started for my mother-in-law. I put it aside when I realized that I could not finish all the projects I had planned for Christmas, so some things had to be back-burnered. It was a long burner! Anyway - here's what I have learned - if you substitute a different weight yarn in a pattern, you may want to increase the needle size accordingly. This pattern called for fingering weight yarn. I decided to use DK weight. Thing is, I used the needle size recommended in the pattern, bur remember the pattern is for fingering weight yarn. I should have increased the size of my needle. The gauge at which this is knitting up will not get me the nice airy effect of the lace pattern that I would like. So, I'm going to frog this. The next real question is do I re-knit with a larger size needle or do I put the yarn towards another project. Last Christmas, my MIL showed me a shrug she had and asked me if I could knit her another one like it. The one she has is a very simple rectangle, just seamed to create armholes. So, I think my best bet is to go forward and knit her the shrug she requested. If I can reuse this DK yarn for that - cool, it's a color I know she likes. Otherwise, I will set this yarn aside and decide what to do with it that later and just get some other lovely yarn for the shrug.