How far will you go to fix a mistake in your knitting? Presumably it depends on how bad the mistake is, but probably also how much you enjoyed knitting the project, and how much of hurry you’re in to finish it.
I tend to err on the side of fixing mistakes. This is partly because I’m more than a little OCD about, we’ll, everything. Mistakes will bug me later, even if I truly believe no one but me notices them. I’ve actually been known to fix mistakes in other people’s finished objects (sorry, Mom).
But the main reason I fix mistakes has to do with my knitting philosophy: I’m a process-driven knitter. I don’t knit so much to produce knitted objects, I knit to knit. So if I need to rip out a whole lot and do it again properly, what does it matter? I’ll enjoy knitting it a second time.
The dilemma, of course, comes when I haven’t really enjoyed knitting the project the first time around. Or when fixing mistake involves ripping out a heartbreaking amount of work.
So here’s the current situation. I’ve nearly finished Tommy’s jacket, at long last. I haven’t hated knitting it, but the front was a bit fussy, with all the short rows to match different row gauges. I definitely will not be writing out a pattern, because it would be a bit of a nightmare. And now I’ve stitched the sleeves in, which I actually do kind of hate doing, and discovered that I somehow made a rather large mistake: I made the right pocket four rows higher than the left.
What to do? What would you do? I started writing this post to whine about the situation because I couldn’t imagine ripping back so much work. But I have to admit, I’m now leaning towards doing it (though having to undo the seam will be a bit painful). It really is about the process. I might give it a few days so I can come to terms with it, though.