So, remember how I did that new provisional cast on for Grecian Plaits? The one I tried six times before I got it right? I should have done it seven times. I finished the yoke last night and carefully untied the knot to pull out the waste yarn, and all hell broke loose. I tried to pick up the stitches one at a time, but got hopelessly tangled. As nearly as I can tell, I did something wrong in the cast on. (Gee, really? How did you come to that brilliant conclusion? Could it be the wadded mess that was your cast on row?)
Then I thought I'd just pull out all the waste yarn and pick up the hanging stitches. (This is the point in a scary movie where you'd scream "No! Go back!" at the screen.) This was an even worse idea than it sounds, because the very first row after the cast on is cabled, which means the cast on stitches were all twisted up. I struggled with this mess for over an hour, quietly swearing and taking deep breaths, while the stitches slowly unraveled from the cast on row up, until I was finally forced to admit defeat. I eventually just picked up stitches wherever I could until I had the right number and everything seemed to be secured. I then grafted the ends of the yoke together. Here's the result:
I'm not pleased. Some of this is clearly my fault (see above). But some of it is not. The cables don't seem to match up, even though I did the proper number of rows, and I don't at all like the grafting in the garter stitch section. I am guessing there must be a technique for grafting garter stitch, which I obviously don't know. I think I'd have been better off just casting on normally and sewing the ends together. I considered taking out the grafting and redoing it, but I'm afraid I'd never be able to find the picked up stitches again. The seam will be on top of my left shoulder. Since I am quite tall, I am guessing no one will ever see it, unless they're sitting in a tree while I stand underneath. What do you think: is it worth trying to do over, or should I just file it under "hand-made charm" and pretend it doesn't matter?