Published on August 16th, 2015 | by Angie


The 6 emotions of frogging a project

Rip it, rip it, rip it out – for those who don’t know, to ”frog” a project is to rip it (ribbit!) out and start again. It can be devastating, it can be liberating. 

1. Devastation

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We’ve all been there. You’re 4 rows from completion, and you realize that you somehow managed to knit the sleeves together. Ouch. Time to frog it out and start again.

2. Liberation

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Who wanted that intricate cabled cardigan, anyway? Think of the possibilities – imagine what else you could use that yarn for!

3. Frustration


You already ripped this out twice, and you need to rip it out again. ARGH.

4. Denial

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Nope, this is not happening.

5. Acceptance


It is what it is. Best to get on with your life.

6. Remembering to be devastated again

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All of those emotions, and you’re right back where you started. Don’t worry – you’ll fix it. Check out this post for 7 tips on fixing knitting mistakes, and get back to the needles.

What’s your grieving process when frogging a project? Tell me in the comments!

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Last updated: August 14th, 2015.

8 Responses to The 6 emotions of frogging a project

  1. miss agnes says:

    At the frogging point, I’m way past frustration, there is always a tinge of regret, but mostly relief. Then the possibilites: what to cast on next?

  2. I rarely frog, but when I do it’s always worthwhile. There’s nothing worse than soldiering on with a project you don’t absolutely love. So when the yarn is wound, washed and dry, it’s like new and full of possibilities again, just as miss agnes says.

  3. Barbara says:

    When I notice a small mistake I say “no one willever notice” and carry on knitting. However, that mistake is always niggling at the back of my mind, sticking its proverbial tongue out at me. At some point, I’ll give in and frog, undoing weeks of work. (That is, if it can’t be fixed by droppng stitches.)

  4. Avril Kay says:

    I had to do this just last night. Had almost finished a left front and realised I’d made a mistake. Frustrating, but at least it will be right now.

  5. Madine says:

    I don’t like having to frog it but once I do it, it’s ok, because I know once I start over again it will be done correctly. The product will be a rap & 2nd time around I will not repeat the same mistakes. I figure my work is a reflection on me and I want it to be something someone else will like as well as myself.

  6. Terri Hay says:

    I’ve come to that stage in life that I only knit things I love. I’ve knit practically for years…. mitts for the kids, sweaters to match school uniforms. Now I put things in my “favourites” on Ravelry and tell my family to pick from there. I’ve FROGGED things only because I wasn’t inspired by them. And sometimes I still do. What looked lovely on paper, just doesn’t do it for me on needles. I FROG as soon as I loose that loving feeling.

    • Linda Galloway says:

      I agree with Terri. I now only knit what i really want to knit – and will complete only when I know I love it. Otherwise, I will frog and start again with a different pattern. Sometimes it’s the yarn that I fall out of love with, in which case I’ll donate it to a local knitting group which knits for charity. If I see a mistake in a piece of knitting – rare, but it happens to us all – I have to frog, or at least unpick. I couldn’t wear a garment that contained a mistake that I knew about.

  7. Myriam says:

    I sometimes frog a project, either because of mistakes I made, or because I don’t love the result. When tha happens, I can feel a little sad about the time I “waisted”, but then I remember;

    1) that I love to knit, so, no time has been waisted, really
    2) the awful feeling of that time when I was starting a sewing project, and I made the wrong cut in the fabric, so I had to go buy some more – a waist of my hard-earned money. Then, I say to myself; “at least, I still have my precious yarn”.

    So, I smile, and frog on.

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