Originally Posted by That_Girl_ Is_ A_Cowboy
I learned a little how to read patterns from that book and to date I worked on some knitting. At first I did straight pieces then I moved onto doing other bits. I knitted a cap, a dress, a skirt, and headband for a doll and I was very happy with the finished pieces. I love wandering around shops that sell knitting supplies looking at all the wool and yarn and bought some nice yarn for the doll clothes.
Currently I'm working on a few different pieces including a batch of baby caps in some beautiful baby bamboo yarn.
Oh phew, I started reading your sentence there about knitting a cap, a dress and a skirt and I thought wow, I must be a real slow starter if you've gone on to such huge projects so soon! I finished reading it though, and see that it's for a doll. Mean as it is, it made me feel a little better
I do hope you go on to make awesome big project though!
It's a great idea to knit for a doll. I tried knitting for a barbie when I was 10, I did a few rows and my mum had to finish it cos it took me almost a year to just do those.
If it's a project that's close to your heart and you want it perfect, I'd just hold my breath and rip up the rows... Otherwise, duckling10's suggestion to do the other side in same way sounds like a plan.
I've had to rip up chunks of a number of projects, actually I think all of them, at least once before completing... a finished beret back to about 30% a couple of times because the beret width didn't turn out to be enough. A ribbed hat because it wasn't wide enough for the head, my swatch was stockinette and I counted stitched based on that, but since the hat was ribbed the stitch count would've been higher than in the swatch. Completed cardigan back ripped back down to the arm-holes because I wanted a long cardigan and stretching it width-wise shortened it. a "completed" crocheted doily because I misread the pattern and missed 2 rows quite early on, so it curled up a bit instead of laying flat. a cable hat completed and ripped back half way twice because it was too short, then too long as it needed to be in multiples of the cable pattern...
It's hard to rip up work especially as new knitters we're a bit/a lot slower than pros. However, I've always been glad I did it as that one mistake that I'd let slide would've always bugged me.
Knitting a swirl baby hat at the moment, and forgot to do the cable switch on one of the swirls early on, so only noticed the mistake about 9 rows later. The stitch count between the swirls then was off, so just ripped back to the mistake round, recounted the stitches and back knitting it again.