Snip snip

Well, well. I cast off Smithfield last night and as I feared a little bit during it’s creation, the collar was not as loose as I really wanted. I tried it on and wiggled it around a bit. I thought about seeing if a wet blocking made a difference, but I felt like it would continue to look like an Elizabethan collar no matter what I did…so today I cut it off. smithfield neckAt first I tried to undo the tubular cast on and thought I could just rip the thing out. It wasn’t really working and seemed like I would have to pick out each stitch by hand. So, I got impatient and got out the scissors to save time. smithfield neck-2I put the needle through a row below where I wanted to cut to give myself a guideline. Then I hacked into the thing and was able to unravel from the opposite end of the neck. It was kind of fun. smithfield neck-3I did have to pick out one row by hand but it’s all back to the point I want. I pondered just doing an inch or so of ribbing and calling it quits, but I love my Oshima more than any other sweater I’ve made, so I’m going to make the collar just like that one. The fisherman’s rib in Oshima is a bit of a style change from the granite stitch, but it seems they may be complimentary. We have some cold weather coming at the beginning of next week, which is motivating me to get this done over the weekend. We might finally get SNOW in Northwest Arkansas this year. Maybe.

21 thoughts on “Snip snip

      • oh, Doh! I probably would have noticed that in either your post or the pictures if I hadn’t been so impressed by “the big chop!”

        I’m looking forward to the new neckline. 🙂

  1. Ooh, so very brave to cut right through the knitting! For years I have been thinking about trying steeking to make a jumper but I can’t wrap my head around cutting into all that work. Perhaps this will give me to courage I lack. Looking forward to seeing the final result. Will be so worth it to have it fit right.

  2. Yes, when I can’t unravel it I always resort to the scissors. Unfortunately, not all of my scissoring ends as nicely as yours.

  3. That’s my favorite way to deal with problems. I don’t understand why more knitters don’t do it. You can usually unravel the yarn after it’s been cut.

    And for folks that fear cutting knits, why don’t you knit some big swatches and practice cutting or steeking on that first? It would be silly to cut your first steek into a sweater you’ve put a lot of time and energy into. You can practice as much as you want, until you feel confident, then tackle the real thing.

  4. amazing! I have yet to master a sweater but I’m not giving up, really want to have a comfy handknit by me sweater. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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