My mom taught me most of what I know today about sewing. But there is one thing that her mom taught me that still ring in my ears today: "Nee, mens knoei nie. Trek los." No, don't fudge it. Unpick it. It would annoy me greatly! Now, how many years later, I don't mind to unpick because I've learned the value of having a completed project that you can be proud of. I also don't mind to frog a crochet project. And boy, did I frog this project - multiple times! Here's why. (insert the Law and Order dun-dun sound here)
Firstly, it's my first real garment-from-a-pattern on the hook. I feel uncomfortable with taking my own measurements. Don't laugh. I do. I'd rather go to a store and fit tops from the largest size downwards and see how low I can go until it gets stuck going over the twins or until I have to pull in the tube to a point where I can't breathe normally. I've now forced myself to look at my measurements - albeit in a scientific manner - and figure out where I fit in. Get it? "Figure out" and "fit in"?
Secondly, I up-sized the garment. I took my measurements and immediately went to the larger sizing. Why. Don't answer me, it's intended as a rhetorical question because of, you know, point number one above. Once I've crocheted a few rows on both panels I fitted it around my waist (which coincidentally is the exact same measurement as my chest...) and realised the top is way too big. After much deliberation (a few tears might or might not have been involved) I frogged the project back to the second row and started on the smaller size. The chainless foundation row will be frogged to the correct size when I feel up to it. P.S. my standing double crochet stitches look like a perfect Pinterest pin!
Thirdly, kids, kid-friendly activities, mealtimes, laundry, dog and husband (although not so much as the aforementioned). Interruptions can wreak havoc on your newly started project. Girlfriend (or boyfriend - this is a no-discrimination zone)! I should have done a bloopers real. And as luck would have it you'll only realise you made a silly mistake when you are one or two rows on. So... you frog!
Catch you on the flip side.