Monday, September 20, 2021

Frogger

I finished octopus hat number one: 

Which means it's now time to start on octopus hat number two. (I'm making three for the three younger nephews for Christmas.) 

I bought the yarn weeks ago, so I pulled it out and began. Things were going well. And then... 

There are many little differences between crochet and knit. (Someone once compared it to the difference between an Australian and a New Zealander, and I think the comparison is apropos pos.) One has to do with the correcting of mistakes. 

It wasn't a big mistake in the grand scheme of things. I had missed a stitch (sort of). If I was knitting, I could have just laddered down and added in the stitch. But because crochet, I had to rip back three rounds to get to it. (That I missed the error for three rounds tells you how closely I was paying attention.) 

The yarn I'm using is a wool blend, so as I was ripping back, things tangled and snagged, and I had to use scissors... 

And at this point, I gave it up as lost. That's three breaks in the yarn. 

I may fully unravel later. I'm sure I can use the scraps of yarn somewhere. But working it up in the hat would be more trouble than it was worth. (And at this point I hadn't even gotten down to the error yet.) 

So, I started over... 

Fingers crossed that I get further along this time.

(The post title is a knit/crochet reference. It's a play on words for when we have to rip out a project. What sound does a frog make?)

25 comments:

  1. That sucks! Hopefully this one goes better.

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  2. Too bad. I hate when you have to frog to correct a mistake. As I don't knit, I never realized it was easier in knitting to make a correction.

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    1. It depends, really. If you're ripping out a few stitches, crochet is much easier. But if it's several rows, it's much easier to ladder back.

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  3. That's frustrating but I know you will get this right. I couldn't do it.

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    1. I was just irritated that I missed that error for three rounds.

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  4. I didn't know it was called frogging. I hate doing it! At least you knew exactly where the mistake was. I'm still at the "something went wrong somewhere, but where?" phase.

    The hat looks really cute.

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    1. Thanks. This was one of those mistakes that I could have missed entirely, especially since I wasn't counting my rounds to make sure I had the required number of stitches.

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  5. Because you rip-rip-riiiiiip it!
    And your yarn always tangles as your doing so. Ugh.

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  6. Sorry you had to start over, but it sounds like the best strategy. Hope your second try goes more smoothly.

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  7. So is ripping out a project and starting over called "croaking"?

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  8. Frogging is a new term for me! Yes, tearing out crochet always snags and rips. I don't knit, so didn't know you could just go add things you missed.

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    1. It depends. But the error I made I could have totally laddered back to.

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  9. Hehe. Crochet was our craft of choice growing up. Mom made intricate items. How about: a frog says "rip it out, rip it out" when he is crocheting.

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    1. Yup. The first time I heard "frogging" I loved it. So, I use it.

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  10. Sorry it went wrong. I hope things go smoothly from now on.

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    1. You'd think I'd kind of know what I'm doing after finishing one already. Wouldn't you? Apparently not ;)

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  11. Frog hat is so darn cute.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  12. That hat is super cool and boy do I know how you feel about starting a project over. You try to save it as best you can until you can't. This one will be perfect. :)

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  13. I didn't know this difference between crochet and knit. Hopefully things are going well now.

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  14. Literal snags aside, your projects are always amazing. :) I'm glad this time is going better.

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    1. I started on the tentacles last night, so it's coming right along.

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