I did something bad. I cut into my knitted work and it wasn’t for steeks.
And I don’t regret it at all. I got the final product I wanted out it, so I wasn’t all that naughty. Most knitters, myself included, cringe at the thought of taking scissors to an FO. In this case, I wanted a particular result and I didn’t get it the first way, so I grabbed my scissors and took the plunge.
|Mi’raj Shrug sans band.
I completed my Mi’raj Shrug last Monday in the car on the way to the beach with my husband. It was also our seventh wedding anniversary, but I just felt like putting that it because, why not? Anyway, there is an optional band you can knit for this shrug, and I took the option to do so. Now, I had tried on the shrug WITHOUT the band and it looked lovely, so I though the band would be a nice finishing touch. Either I didn’t do something right, but it didn’t.
When I had finished completed the band from the picked up stitches in the inside circumference, I tried it on. The band made the shrug too narrow for me to wear. I did manage to get it on, but The Hubs had to help. And I couldn’t take it off the shrug by myself, either. If can’t take on and off a casual piece of clothing without assistance, there is something wrong.
Rather than stuff the shrug in a trashcan at a rest stop, I decided to go back to what I had originally had: a nice, comfortable shrug. I grabbed my travel craft scissor and cut. It was a terrifying experience.
I managed to cut that band off. I couldn’t unravel it because I had bound off and woven in my ends. I would’ve had to have cut anyway. I cut that bad boy off right down to the original edge where I had picked up my stitches for the band.
Bingo! I chopped that band off! I had my shrug back and did it in the most unthinkable way possible!
I do not wish to do something like that again. I should’ve listened to that little voice in the back of my head saying, “Leave it as is!” before I started that band.
Would I recommend this pattern? Yes! It’s cute and fun to knit. Would I recommend knitting the band? No.
This was a strangely exhilarating experience, and not one I care to repeat.