"Unknitting" is unsettling to me, but I will not give up! First, I began knitting a hat for my dau-in-law after Christmas. I had made her a wool scarf which she liked and asked if she'd like a hat. So, I tried a few patterns I found online and wasn't happy with the initial outcome, so ripped out two different ones. On third try, the hat was way too large, so ripped it out again. Now, the yarn is "resting".
A few days ago, I tried making another prayer shawl, this time using a half double crochet stitch. After several rows, the piece felt like "armor"! I had been using a "J" crochet hook! Another rip out. Today, I began anew with size 11 knitting needles using a garter stitch. So far, so good. It feels soft and stretch and not like "armor" at all. Looks like I'm on the right track.
Have a great week!