A few weeks ago, whilst knitting away on dear ol' Isaac Oliver, I looked down and staring right back at me was a too-tight cable. I had noticed this before on passing rows, but decided I had just worked that row a little more tightly than all the others and carried on. This time, accepting what I already knew, I examined the cable more closely; pulling and twisting, and finally counting the number of cable crosses in each section of the sweater, I admitted that I had worked an extra cross in this line of cables.
The nature of this pattern [working two cables one row and only one the next] demands a certain level of attention, one not acheived by knitting in a dark car on the way home from O-town. Nevertheless, I had an extra cable, about 15 rows back, and had to decide what to do about it: ignore it and knit on, or be tear back and mend the error. Of course, as an overconfident perfectionist, I decided to tear back.
I sat down with cable needle and crisis hook and slowly dropped the eight stitches that made up that cable, row after row until I had unraveled the extra cross. Then, easy peasy, I picked up the eight stitches again, one row at a time, all the way back to the top: crossing sticthes when I reached a cable row and simply picking up the stitches for knit rows. Within about 40 minutes I'd repaired my cable and saved myself a lifetime of staring at that misworked cable.
Many people may think I'm crazy, and they may be on to something, but I say, "BE FEARLESS!" There is no reason that I, or you, should shy away from tearing back, or any other seemingly daunting task. Knitting is not a hasty craft, it is a product of patience and love, so to have a fear of taking time, or making mistakes goes against the nature of our artform. There are no unmendable mistakes, only opportunities to learn and hone our skills. We are masters of our craft!