Progress, of a kind

Having made no secret of my crankiness over a relatively slow bit of knitting progress in the last couple of months (understandable, given a move and a new job, but still, the crankiness), I sat down last night to finally turn some attention to a sweater project I haven’t knitted a single stitch on in the last 2 months. It’s my own Jurisfiction cardigan pattern, and I was going to knit a new version for me with a few modifications to keep it interesting. I left this off with a finished back piece and a sleeve, which is pretty great progress for a sweater – more than a third of the way through.


On the other hand, pulling out of the project bag in the harsh light of day 2 months later, tugging at it and examining, I realized that the back really had come out a bit smaller than I’d prefer – which might be manageable with the right blocking. Except that I’d wanted this to be a looser sweater anyway, so if the back is looking a bit small then now is the time to deal with reality.

And so, dear reader, I ripped it out.


I’ve been here before. Most memorably, I got most of the way through the back of the Gwendolyn cardigan to discover the same problem needed a ripping-out and it all ended up coming together just fine in the end. And in this case I do still have the one finished sleeve which is totally fine. The ripping out part, though, the ripping out part sucks and it’s even more mollifying to have that trip-up happen when it’s your own pattern from your own brain and come on Glenna, get it together.

It was the right move, though. I’d rather move towards the holidays with a clearer slate, so it is still progress of a kind.

My next move, once I finish the gift socks that are almost done, is going to be to find a super fun cabled hat pattern, and knit that sucker over the holidays, and that will be small and absorbing and finishable, and then I can move on with the rest of the big projects hanging around. Yes, that will be good. I’ve been eyeing the Favorki pattern (these are all Ravelry links), the Cote-Nord cap (which several of my knitter friends have made with big pom-poms on top, and I have only so much willpower to resist that),  the Cassidy cap that I’ve been wanting to knit for years, and the Father Cables hat that is a new one and I just came across. Cabled hat daydreams will sustain me.

If you’ve got ripping out to do in your own projects, I salute you! It’s hard to do but usually worth it in the end – even if it sucks while you’re doing it.

I hope your Friday is a good one! Until next time.


Pattern: Jurisfiction cardigan
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, #9448 Olive Heather





  1. I feel your pain. I just finished my first thrummed mitten. It was so ugly. I tried to convince myself that it was just for me and it would be warm and…… I ripped it out. I repeat my mantra that I just get more enjoyment out of the yarn because I get to knit it again.

  2. I hear you! I had one batch of yarn from France that took three attempts before it “liked” the pattern I had assigned to it…

  3. I was down to the second sleeve, when I faced the reality that my Trellis cardigan was going to be too large for me, so rip it, I did. And started it anew. It was finished this fall – so 1 year to knit the same sweater twice. I love the finished sweater, which fits, so it was worth the pain.

    I keep telling myself that knitting is a pretty unusual craft/art in that you can always correct mistakes. So, use that advantage!

  4. Glenna, did you print a correction on the pattern for the Jurisfiction cardigan? because there is one in the back, you have pattern E being done to left of centre, when it should be pattern C. I didn’t notice until I was halfway up the back, and being a slow knitter, I won’t rip it out, as no one will notice unless I point it out and it is in the back anyhow. But it does upset the symmetry. Perhaps you sent out an update and I didn’t get it, after downloading the pattern from Ravelry.

  5. Hats off to you, Glenna, for facing reality and not living in the land of denial
    (“oh maybe I can block the back bigger …”) only to be disappointed in the end.
    I’m on a roll with the back of a sweater that might be a little too big. Hmmm…..

  6. I, too, have a WIP sweater that I’ve neglected for a few months… and now I’m afraid to look at it. :/
    Although if my memory serves, I think my trouble with it is that I’m incredibly close to running out of yarn… ripping back may be the least of my problems with that one.

    But good call on the hat knitting! That’s the perfect way to end a year. A small, gratifying project that’s a speedy pleasure to finish. And that reminds me that I have a hank of worsted cashmere that’s begging to be a hat, as well as a head of hair that’s BEGGING me to wear a hat in all this Seattle rain!

  7. Ugh, sweaters like that suck the life out of you. I’d definitely put it in time out for a while and knit something quick and satisfying.

  8. GeniaKnitz · ·

    Ripping out is “hard to do but usually worth it in the end – even if it sucks while you’re doing it.” – Sing it, sister! I have never once not been happy that I gritted my teeth and ripped out something that bugged me. Never once. Even though I hate doing it at the time.

  9. I like the Greystone cabled hat, by Melissa Thompson, 4 down, three to go

  10. I guess ripping out is the Kon-Mari of knitting. If it doesn’t bring you joy….

  11. So sorry about the ripping out although I’m quite good at that and have come to make peace with it. Sometimes it does hurt. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the links! I’ve been looking for a new cabled hat pattern. There are so many on Ravelry it’s a little overwhelming at times. I’m off to look at them now.

  12. Kristin/HLMauera · ·

    I’m knitting Father Cables right now as a Christmas, well probably New years, gift. I’m enjoying it so far, but I did have to color code the cables on the chart so I could easily remember which color did what.

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