Gathering Courage

As I mentioned, we had indian food night at my house.  I had just recently finished the left front of the Sylvi coat.  Now, to understand this next part, you have to understand how the coat is constructed.  You slip the first stitch on the side in order that there is, hopefully, a nice tidy chain that runs from the bottom to the top of the coat.  Problem is, it is easy to get that chain consistent.  I managed to twist quite a few stitches as I was knitting it and I wasn’t sure I liked how it looked.  Why should I care?  Won’t it be hidden when I sew it together?  Why, no, it won’t.  Because the instructions say to seam on the inside, so that the chained edge shows on the front.  A detail in the coat so to speak.  So now you know why I might be upset about the twisted stitches in the chain.

I had read that I could drop the chain stitch, unravel it all the way to the bottom, and pick it up with a crochet hook, chaining it back to the top.  This, as you can imagine, was a bit of a scary prospect.  But I really wanted this to look nice.

So as I sat around the table with my glass of wine, I decided that the time to try it was right then, with supportive knitter friends around me.  I went and got the crochet hook, and o’kathy thought she had better take pictures.


Bug decided she wanted to be in the middle of everything, so we let her model the coat.


Sarah saw the crochet hook in my hand, and got a bit nervous:


Monica seemed skeptical:


And o’kathy was as supportive as ever:


Once I had unraveled all the stitches, I look like a deer caught in the headlights!


Though I am not sure if this was because I had recently almost fallen off my chair, or if it was due to those stitches.

Let’s take a closer look at the stitches:


Nope, it wasn’t about the close call, those stitches ARE scary!

But after a false start or two, they all went back together nicely.


A rather poor close up:


Stay tuned for a few more pictures yet, I haven’t gotten through them all, but I wanted to share that little knitting adventure.

4 thoughts on “Gathering Courage

  1. ROFLMAO Kara. You DID have too much wine. Ya got it backwards. Kathy was the one having a minor anxiety attack. Having done the crochet edging before and loved it, I was cool as a cucumber. What DOES worry me is that it doesn’t look long enough to be a coat right now. I haven’t done seed stitch, so I don’t know about its stretch factor. Long or short, the yarn is DIVINE and soft and plush. And the color matches most red wines PERFECTLY, so drink away and don’t worry about spills, even when you are falling off your chair.

  2. LOL! well, this gives me courage to unravel mine as a few of my sts are definitely twisted.
    I wish there were a pic of the falling off the chair part too, LOL.

  3. I don’t fully understand all the workings of knitting, however I’m always in awe of your projects. I actually directed a client of mine to your blog to check out all of your work!! 🙂

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