I really did. I thought it might block out 'better', although I knew it would never even be close to right. (This was me trying to live my daughter's 'WHATEVER' knitting life.) The more I looked at it, the more I hated it....and knowing the knitting-me as well as I do...I knew this poor little project was destined to indefinite time-out without a rescue. (I tried...I'm just NOT a 'whatever' knitter.)
My favorite things cowl is made up of mystery dk wt bits and pieces from the stash. Somehow, that worsted wt grey got in the mix---I knit the big plain section and embroidered the names of my grandkids on it, and it stuck out like a goiter. I thought maybe adding a couple more motifs would help pull it in (I'm nothing if not an optimistic Pollyanna sometimes), but clearly this was not helping. AND, to make matters worse---the names were clearly not showing up AT ALL.
**Nothing to do but cut it out.
Step 1: using an extra needle, pick up a leg of each stitch in the last row you want to save....
Step 2: c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y snip a stitch in the section you want to go away, and unpick each stitch...
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other side of the 'offending' section...and TA-DAH!!
GONE! (sigh) Much better already.
Step 4: Graft the two pieces together....
and we're off and running again! This might actually turn out to be one of my 'favorite things'!
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**This technique works great for shortening/lengthing sweater bodies or sleeves, too. It's a little scary the first time you snip, but it's MUCH better than reknitting the whole project.