If you have ever thought you were done with a project (that might have taken you 2 major false starts already anyway) and discovered a nasty error like this you know the sinking feeling you get in your stomach.
But there was no putting this vest in time out because it's for a friend and I really want to give it to her so I had a sit down and thought about how to fix it. I decided to wait until I had a time in the morning, when I was well rested and had good light and then I would cut it, pick it, twist it the right way, kitchener it back together and see what would come of it. I had nothing to loose.
Here's how I did it.
First - supplies. Tea or coffee or other comforting beverage of your choice; extra yarn; double pointed needles smaller than those you needed for your project; yarn needle; courage.
Turn your piece over and grab the bar of the miss-crossed cable with one of the double pointed needles.
Now for the scary part - cut the yarn. There's nothing you can do but hold your breath, hope you've got the right strand of yarn and make the cut. Remember, if this doesn't work you've got to re-knit or do something else anyway so really, how much do you have to loose?
Unpick the yarn going back to your cable problem and for several stitches on the other side of your cut so you'll have a tail to weave in later. Put the stitches on your double points as you go with the right side facing you.
NOTE: When you get to the cable cross, make sure to untwist them and the re-twist them in the correct direction before you put them on the double point.
Now use the kitchener stitch to repair the hole. There are lots of great instructions on the internet on how to do the kitchener stitch so I won't go into detail on that here. I got this.
Weave in the 4 ends you should have on the back of your piece and . . .
Voila! A little knitting magic is born.
Good luck with your own knitting fixes.