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To frog or not to frog… That is the question…

[pullquote] If you don’t know what spring peepers are, they are just this little frog that vocalize (a high pitched “Peep! Peep!” sound) in the spring. For us hearing the spring peepers is the first sure sign that winter is finally over. [/pullquote]Friday night my husband and I went on a bit of a summertime date (He got us some ice cream, and then we parked by the river and watched the sunset while we ate our ice cream. So romantic! ) and on the drive home with the sunroof open we heard the loud calling of spring peepers.They do their loud dusk calling throughout the summer, but last night it was crazy how loud it was. It was remarkable enough that I took a video.

They are one noisy-ass frog, lemme tell ya, but this was way beyond normal in terms of volume. On top of that, they were very timely because I have been thinking over a bit of a predicament…

I am seriously considering frogging and restarting my Stripes Gone Crazy Sweater.

StripesGoneCrazyIncreasesI haven’t worked a single stitch on it in many months (not since JANUARY for heaven’s sake!!), and, yeah, my sock yarn blanket is part of that, but the big reason is that I am not happy with my sweater so far. I mean, geeze, the last post I made about it was how I totally effed up my shoulder decreases as well as where I picked up the stitches on either side, and frankly I did a pretty pathetic job of fixing those issues. As I have worked on other things since I hibernated that project I feel like I have improved a moderate amount since then, and I definitely wouldn’t be repeating those mistakes. I also know I’m always going to see those mistakes every time I look at the sweater. Its one of those “No one else would notice but I will” things. I could knit the rest of it totally perfectly but I will just see that weird seaming and gappy shoulders.


So what to do… Do I frog the hours of work I have put into it so far and start over, or do I continue along under the hope that once the sweater is done I really won’t see the mistakes?

2 thoughts on “To frog or not to frog… That is the question…”

  1. Hi Les, I’m not going to lie, that looks pretty bad, WHICH IS OK, ‘cos you did this long ago AND have improved as a knitter. I’m in the “frog it” camp because you will not be happy with that increase section even if you finish it and knock the finishing out of the park. Sooooo, how to frog it? Me, I’d spot frog. If you are increasing from a picked up stitch edge, that means there should be a tail somewhere that you can rip out from over that messy part and rip back just that section. I’m sure you know what I mean, but for those that don’t, you look for how many stitches across the mistake occupies (in the picture above it looks like 12-ish) snip a stitch thread or pull part of a tail out at the side of the “mess frame” and unravel across, taking each stitch and placing it on a spare same size needle as you are working on. Then, create a huge dropped stitch section, pulling the mess out. Looks like your dropped stitch section might be 9 rows deep. Start at the ribbed row on the spare needle and knit the row with the yarn that is cut. Then work the first rung of the dropped stitch ladder as if that was the working yarn. You continue up, staying in pattern until you’ve completed all “rungs,” obliterating the mess.The stitches at the sides might look wonky due to tugging the working rung yarn as you reknit, but that will work itself out with blocking. If you had to cut a stitch to do this, you might have to split splice a small tail to the cut yarn on each end of the cut stitch and darn those ends in after. Ta- Da! Spot frogging completed!
    Or, if it is not too much to reknit, rip the whole thing back to where the mistake happened and keep chugging along. Some people might actually find this takes as much time as spot frogging, so they choose to rip back. But me, I love spot frogging, so I do it anyway. 🙂
    It’s a big choice to leave the mess or to attack it. Good luck!


    1. Normally I’d just drop back the bad section and reknit that, but in this case there are MULTIPLE areas of suckiness that need redoing. Also, some of the parts that need fixing (like the gappy seams where I picked up stitches for the shoulders) can’t be just torn back at that point since the problem I think was with the original knit that I picked the stitches up from, not so much from the actual picked up stitches (though those are bad for other reasons!).

      I think I’m going to have to just frog the whole thing. Too many mistakes and flub-ups to try to correct or work around. 😦


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