Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.

I was rereading my blog entry last night and noticed some BIG HONKING mistakes on the back of Matt’s pullover.


Mouseover to see the error.

I must say, in the months that I’ve been knitting this piece, I never once spent a second thinking about mirror symmetry. What can I say, it’s been years since I made an Aran sweater. (I have knit 2 AS Aran designs [Mystic from Fisherman’s Sweaters and St. Brigid from Aran Knitting]; I note drily that both feature mirror-image cables.) With the dryer-induced shrinkage, the sweater piece fulled past the point of no return. Frogging, tinking, laddering down – all impossible. (For those who were keeping track, yes, it did shrink to the correct dimensions. Alas.)

Matt said it was perfectly fine, that he’d be proud to wear it and that I should make the other pieces to match. But after tossing and turning overnight, I decided that I couldn’t live with it as is. What is that aphorism – do it right or don’t do it all? So I’m going to do it right. Better, in fact. I’ve recharted both side patterns (the narrow cable and the wider complex cable) to show mirror images. I have a new strategy to get row gauge – I do not intend to allow it to take the upper hand a third time. I’ll have a chance to redo the loose cast on.

I’m feeling philosophical about this – it’s just a hobby, right? More yarn of the same dye lot is already on its way. Thank dog for these little favors. In any case, I’ve learned a good lesson. I think I am unlikely to make this mistake ever again.

26 thoughts on “Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.

  1. Well, I wouldn’t call them ‘mistakes’, just style differences. 😉 Really, I wouldn’t have noticed if you didn’t point them out. But if it’s gonna make you toss and turn…

  2. June, when I think of how many months I used to spend practicing a piano concerto, and how I wouldn’t have been able to tolerate the arpeggios going in the wrong direction, well, knitting a better sweater sounds logical!

    –Sylvia, trying to curb the twitch…

  3. Well, I must say that if YOU can make a mistake like that there is hope for us mere mortals. Seriously, as important as I think it is to see gorgeousness and perfection, I think it is equally important to realize that everyone does this from time to time. It will be a lovely sweater whether you rip and repair or whether you choose to live with it as is. And they are both designer choices.

    Either way, you’re an inspiration to me!

  4. Maybe my computer resolution sucks. Maybe my eyes suck. Maybe my brain isn’t working yet this morning. I’m having trouble finding dyssymmetry. I woulda left it. Inner demons be damned!

    I admire the energy to do it all again. Phew.

  5. Well, it looks like a fun knit, so it will *still* be fun to knit again. Actually, more fun, as those cables swirl back and forth. And we all know that *not quite right* feeling in a finished piece never lets go. Good for you!

  6. Symmetry isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The cables can be thought of as “pushing” two the left, showing movement and rotation.

    Hey I tried.

    It’s your project, do with it what you will. I think the cables can be justified the way they are. But, I’m not the one tossing and turning…

  7. I think as long as you are consistent in the sweater Arans don’t need to have mirrored cables. But I fully understand that something like that could drive you batty, I’ve been there. I would turn the original piece into a pillow or a felted bag.

  8. I totally wouldn’t have noticed that. But I hear what you’re saying. I just frogged about 7 rows of 600+ sts on my Oregon shawl last night because I *just* missed doing the corner patterns like they should be done. Oh well. I’m back on track now.

    Everything’s a learning experience if you think about it that way.

  9. I understand completely as per our earlier conversation. Consider it a swatch and I would consider it for a felted bag or pillow – what a grand idea! If you can’t stand to look at it even as a felted object, there’s many of us who would give it a kind and loving home. You audience loves you!!!

  10. If it’s worth doing it is worth doing right. Go big or go home.
    I had someone ask me once why I always did things so well – like it was an affront to her. Needless to say, we are not friends any more.

    So – you go.

  11. If you would have said “oh well, galloping horse rule”, I would have questioned, “who are you and what have you done with June?”

  12. Well, crap.

    One side of me says that if someone’s day is ruined over THAT they are living too easy a life. The other side of me knows that people will point and snicker and I couldn’t stand that, either.

  13. I am SO sorry you have to start over. I generally have the same attitude. It’s that fear that a knitter will see…and know. But beyond that, I’ll know. I’ll know every single time I see it.
    May the knitting gods keep you motivated.

  14. AND trying to full the other body pieces to match would likely be an exercise in major frustration anyway. Have fun knitting. It IS a hobby, as you say.

  15. Symmetry or not depends on which axis you choose. If you use Max body as the axis, you can work all the cables in the other direction for the front and it is still symmetrcial. I’m no mathematrician, I’m just twisting my words around 🙂 Do whatever it takes to make you feel better.

  16. No No No! I feel like a voice in the wilderness here, but must speak my mind, Jeremiah-like. Some things are important to care about, but symmetry? They ARE symmetrical! They are duplicate elements repeated on the sweater.

    I’m so not a perfectionist. My goal is to convert everyone else to my slackness.

  17. Good call – it would always have bugged you and it would be hard to explain why you took the scissors to the back of his sweater one day.

  18. The sweater is beautiful! You’re crazy. 🙂

    Have you noticed that the charts for St Brigid are not actually symmetrical? The overall shapes of the cables mirror each other, but the crossovers are usually in the same direction (left-over-right, say) on both sides of the sweater.

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