Posted by: mamas2hands | November 16, 2016

Some Crochet Surgery

I’m way late with my mid-week post, but I have been having a Whirlwind of a week.  Clearly I jinxed myself naming my newest hat pattern that.

the-oops-moment

Amongst all my other tasks I’ve been tackling, I’ve been crocheting my latest Playing with Triangles Shawl and ran into a little problem. I had finished the second beaded row and cut my yarn when I discovered that one of my V-stitches in the beginning of the row only had one leg of the V.

It had taken some time to work that row because each V-stitch had a hoisted-on bead on the chain one. I really didn’t want to pull out the whole row and re-do all those beaded stitches. Plus I wasn’t sure I would have enough yarn to finish the whole row once I put in the missing double crochet stitch.

preparing-for-surgery

Instead I decided to do a little surgery on my project.

the-first-cut

It’s a bit un-nerving taking scissors to my crochet work, but I am getting more comfortable with it all the time. This row wasn’t so bad, since it was the last row I had worked. I wouldn’t have to incorporate the new stitches with a row above.

unraveled-back-to-mistake

Unraveling to where I need to work the missing double crochet.

beginning-repair

Starting repair

ready-to-add-new-yarn

Ready to add new yarn

 

pulling-up-new-yarn-loop-with-old-yarn-loop

New Yarn and Old Yarn loops on hook

pulled-thru-old-yarn-end

Pulled thru old yarn end

 

created-new-beaded-ch-st

New beaded chain-stitch made

unraveling-to-beg-of-next-v-st

Un-raveling to beginning of next V-st.

securing-top-of-st

Securing top of stitch

preparing-to-join-2-vs

Preparing to join the 2 V-stitches

After all the cutting and un-raveling I joined in some new yarn and crocheted the stitches I pulled out. It is a little hard to see what I was doing with these stitches since the new yarn and old yarn are the same color.  But this is more just to show you that no one is perfect.

all-done

Surgery is over and the patient has survived.

repair-worked-over

Once the extra tails are woven in, you won’t be able to see where the surgery even happened.

I’m reminded of something Margaret Hubert said in a class I took with her, “Admire your work often, you’ll catch your mistakes sooner.” I’ll be admiring my work a lot more before I cut my yarn from now on.

 


Responses

  1. Pretty cool surgery. I would have just gone on, assuming no one would see the error, but I’m definitely a “good enough” person

  2. That’s scary – cutting into a project to repair,might have to try it though..just lately I’ve been using the V stitch quite abit and am frustrated when I come back on a row and see I’ve forgotten the 2nd leg of the V..I usually dc on both sides of the leg as if it was a complete V and hope it isn’t noticed – I may get the courage to try your approach some time…Thanks

    • Typically I would have found another way to fix it, but I am going to use this shawl as a sample for a class I’m teaching. I wanted a fix that blends in well.

      The first time you cut your work is the scariest, after that it gets easier. This fix only took me about 5 minutes.


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