Thursday, September 20, 2012

What's Twisted Shall Remain Twisted

Last week I showed you my new project, Starfish Shawl. I talked about the challenging beginning, "Cast on 730 stitches, join, be careful not to twist". I showed you all 730 stitches bunched up together on a 36" needle. I admitted "it's still hard to tell if I'm twisted or untwisted".

Ten rows later, I was able to prove to myself, I was twisted.

I took it to The Knitting Room, looking for some emotional support while I attempted the crochet hook trick to untwist without unwinding. 

I dropped down the connecting stitch, down all ten rows. I imagined the shawl would come apart and I'd re-attach it untwisted. Well, it didn't. Still didn't want to start over, I turn the twisted side over, made the dropped stitch into a big butterfly, picked up an extra stitch on the next row, and called it a day.

Yep, twisted.
Dropped stitch
Turned and re-attached with an extra stitch

A few more rows later, the "twist" site doesn't look too bad. I may have to do something about it later, but for now I can live with this.



Or am I just fooling myself?

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11 comments:

Cathy said...

Wow! Well done for untwisting! I'm sure with a little tugging and blocking later it would be quite unnoticeable :)

Babajeza said...

I would have done the same. You won't see the twist when the shwal is finished. :-)

WonderWhyGal said...

I would have done the same thing/have done the same thing.

It it going to be stunning and blocking will even it all out and it will be amazing.

Pumpkin said...

Wow, I've never seen anything like this before. I always assumed that once it was twisted there wasn't much you could do but start over. But you are pulling it off wonderfully!

Nichole said...

I too would have done the same... that's a lot to rip out and with such fine yarn, that could prove to be more of a disaster. You'll be able to hide that in the end!

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Heather Woollove said...

"Emotional support"...I love this! Who better than another fiber soul to help out in times of trial?!?
XXO-

Carol said...

Wow, that took guts. Can you get a longer needle to work with? Hang in there...

Kathryn Ray said...

I think that's a brilliant solution. I agree that it should not be very noticeable when your finished or at the very least it will be hide-able.

Voie de Vie said...

That's a very elegant solution in my book! I've certainly used my crochet skills to pick up dropped stitches or fix ribbing mistakes, but hadn't really thought about the possibilities of reversing an unwanted twist with that solution. Very nicely done! Blocking in the end will definitley do its magic and it won't be noticeable.

AllyB said...

You can always camouflage it later with a pin or something if it's in a place that you can do that. The lacework looks beautiful and the yarn is so delicate. Nice job persevering Vivian. Give some pets to that little Rascal for me.