My First Real Big, Bad Frogging Experience

If you’ve perused this blog lately, this photo may look familiar to you. . . .

20131004-052842.jpgNice huh? Well, not anymore!

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The brioche stitch is something I have never done before, so of course I thought I would try it for the custom order. I am looking at this particular order as a great learning experience, so why not try something new…and throw in a cable…and use two strands of yarn…

This is not easy, I am not sure why but it just isn’t. The pattern base is set up knitting the first and last stitch and in-between knitting (sl1, yo, k2tog). This shouldn’t be difficult, but for some reason I was dropping stitches left and right and then left again. I threw in a lifeline and thought “Hey! We’re in business!”

I had almost five feet (yes – 5 feet…:() when my lifeline broke while I was working a cable. I spent about…oh, I dunno, 2 hours wrestling with trying to get it back on the needles. I loved the look, I loved feel and I didn’t want to let it go. It was the moment I accepted defeat that I pulled out my niddy-noddy and used it for something that just shattered my knitting soul.

10092860745_fc80d50bcfAnd so I frogged two days and five feet of work. I didn’t shed a tear – but I cursed like a drunk sailer on leave discovering they’ve landed in a place with no women. I am re-knitting the yarn in a straight brioche to get the rhythm of it, then I am going back to this pattern and I am going to knit the (censored) out of it!

I do want to share, in my defense, the factors that may have contributed to the utter failure of this scarf:

  1. I was using two strands held together for thickness.
  2. The two strands are acrylic (as asked for by the customerΒ – sever allergies).
  3. My cable needle was too small to hold all those stitches.
  4. I was using plastic needles, so everything was slippery – and NOT in a good way.
  5. I used a frayed piece of leftover yarn as my lifeline.
  6. I bit off more than I could chew.

So I’ve learned my lesson friends and neighbors, don’t knit off more than you can chew. Ambition and learning is great don’t get me wrong, but some times you have to start at the very beginning to get a handle on it. Has this every happened to you? Have you tried to skip the necessary learning steps and made a massive mistake? Or on the way more optimistic hand did it work for you?

Cannot wait to hear from you, and thanks for reading – it still blows my mind that you do! πŸ™‚

30 thoughts on “My First Real Big, Bad Frogging Experience

  1. Rob's Surf Report

    Sucks. I just read about brioche and am interested enough to try it after I finish the mitts I’m working on, but hey you have super chops to be able to make five feet of that cabled brioche stuff. Keep rockin’ it, I know you can do it!

    1. allnightknits Post author

      Well I’ve seemed to have mastered straight/plain brioche – now I just need to conquer the pattern that defeated me. I have my pride and ripping out five feet has severely damaged it.

  2. Gretchen

    Love the phrase, “Knit off more than I can chew!” Been there, done that! And by the way, I gave up on brioche. You have more perseverance than I.

  3. Sara Crafts

    A straight brioche stitch will still be beautiful! I’m sure you’ll kick those cables’ butts next time, though!

    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thank you! Conquering brioche is my new (knitting) obsession – you know when you mess up a project that badly how it ruins your confidence? I’m suffering from that right now – brioche HAS TO PAY! πŸ™‚

  4. lottieknits

    😞 *sad face* but I have to agree with you that fiddly sts + two strands of yarn = arrrrgh! Also, as a committed yarn snob – I blame the acrylic 😜 hehehe!

    You will do it, but sometimes it pays to admit when something just isn’t working or is driving you crazy. You could always try reversible rib cables rather than brioche – much easier and more fun for a similar effect πŸ˜‰

    Oh forgot to say, re short row bust shaping on your sweater, Ysolda Teague’s Little Red In The City book has an extensive section on this very subject as well as some lovely patterns, might be worth checking it out.

      1. lottieknits

        Being surrounded by beautiful yarns all day at work makes you a yarn snob and helpfully swallows your wages before you get them out of the door 😳 it’s a disease!

        1. allnightknits Post author

          Disease or awesomeness …. Hmm …. AWESOMENESS! I was working on a Romi Hill shawl that was BEGGING me to go buy nice yarn. I actually think the can stone you (with knitting needles) if they caught me using Patons Lace for her design 😦

          My goal is to make it through the 1200 yards (my oh my) of pattern with the Patons then save up to do another one with something luxurious!

  5. Ginny

    So sorry to hear about your frogging experience, but I understand your cursing like a sailor, ha! I didn’t even know what Brioche knitting was, so had to look it up. Looks like you have to pay careful attention when doing all those yo’s and slipping and brioche stitches. Keep going, I know you can do it. I’m routing for you!

    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thank you! I didn’t know what brioche was still I started doing it, but now that I’ve messed it up I’ve got a way better handle on it. Next time, I will conquer all those yo’s!


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