Well, I thought I’d have finished one of the fronts of my Perfin cardigan before we leave to visit my family, but alas, as I was doing the armhole shaping section, I realized that I had too many stitches in the “button band” portion, and not enough in the “body” portion:

Wrong stitch counts. Should've noticed sooner!

I briefly considered trying to drop stitches from that middle section, and reknit just that part, but that was going to be quite complicated, and I wasn’t actually all that happy with how my buttonholes had turned out, anyway, so that made deciding to rip pretty easy.

Rip rip rip.

At least I enjoy knitting the garter rib + garter double-eyelet stitch pattern, so it’s not TOO heartbreaking to have to knit it all over again.

Turning (part of) a sweater back into yarn.

And in truth, the ability to rip and reknit is something I’ve always loved about knitting. When I sew, I’m always quite intimidated, and I worry a lot that I’ll cut the fabric wrong and there’s really no going back once you do that. But if I knit a stitch pattern wrong? Worst case, I rip it out. The failure mode of knitting is just yarn, and I like yarn, and I enjoy turning yarn (back into) knitting, so it’s really not the end of the world.

Today is the Summer Solstice, and that’s always a bit of a weird one to celebrate for me, because it means that the days are getting darker from here on out. This year in particular, that feels metaphorically apt. But we can be lights for each other in the dark days. I wish everyone a peaceful summer of making and fighting for a better world.

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  1. Oops. :( Agreed, though, that the ability to rip back without actually losing/wasting any materials is one of the greatest things about knitting, and something I tell people all the time when they express their intimidation about trying it. Worst case scenario, you screw it up completely, no worries: just just take it out and try again. Possibly one of the lowest-risk crafts ever.

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