I'm not really big on ripping when it comes to my knitting. I don't have an intense need for all of my finished objects to be absolutely perfect - in fact, I think that mostly unnoticeable mistakes can lend a piece some character, and a reminder that it was made by human hands. Plus, every time I have ripped out something to fix a minor mistake, I have done much more harm than good...so usually, I let the little things slide, and make a conscious decision to accept the bigger mistakes as "design enhancements." This, though, this I cannot overlook:
I made this hat (Struan by Ysolda Teague) for my little brother in early March, hoping to have it done before our last ski trip of the season. The hat was a blast to make -- I enjoyed the crown shaping greatly -- but because it's made with a top-down construction, the length of the finished hat is left to the discretion of the maker. And because I live two hours away from my brother thus didn't have his head handy to make the appropriate measurements, I left the finished length to his discretion. And the finished length that was given ended up being a gross overestimation of the actual size of his noggin.
And I can't have my brother snowboarding around in a hat that covers his eyes. That would be both dangerous and very irresponsible. So I will have to resort to ripping and cross my fingers that I don't mess up the flow of the cable pattern in the process.
Sorry, Al...I promise your hat will be ready before next year's ski season!