6-10 times. If I have to frog more than that, I figure it is a skill that may just be 1 step too difficult to me. There are plenty of other patterns that I want to try to make, and though I like a little challenge in my knitting, my life is stressful enough without making my hobby stress me out. I figure if I come back to it at a later time, maybe I will have picked up whatever intermediate skill I need.
I gave up on the Branching Out scarf after frogging one million times. I had decided to put in a lifeline once a repeat, but I had difficulty even getting to the first repeat. And once I got there, I was still always frogging back down to it. I'm sure I could have done it with the written directions, but I was doing that for the purpose of learning to knit lace from a chart. It just didn't work, so I moved on; Branching Out isn't so special that it's worth stressing over. I started a simpler lace scarf and am having great success with that.
If I hadn't agreed to the Sockintine Swap, I would have definitely given up on these socks. As is it, I am continuing but don't feel like I'm "winning" at all. The pattern is beating me and I am letting it. :pout: I just have to keep going.