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Published on June 21st, 2015 | by Angie

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5 Things every knitter regrets

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Every knitter has that moment where they realize they’ve made a huge mistake. Which of these errors have you made?

5 things every knitter regrets: read more at LoveKnitting and share your story!Love this post? Pin this image!

1. Left your knitting at home

5 regrets every knitter has: leaving your yarn at home

It happens to the best of us – you packed up all of your belongings you need for a trip, headed to the airport, and realized when you get there that you left your knitting at home. There was no time to go back and get it – you had to begrudgingly endure your vacation with absolutely no knitting.

 

2. Knitting While Tired

5 things every knitter regrets: knitting while sleepy”Just one more row,” you told yourself 42 times. ”Just one more row and I’ll go to bed.” You collapsed on the couch and got a needle to the forehead. When you woke up in the morning, you knitted 4 inches of holey fabric with dropped stitches and wrong cable patterns. Oops.

3. You didn’t knit a tension square.

5 regrets every knitter has - no tension square

”Nah, I don’t need a tension square.” Fateful last words from many a knitter – everything was going great until you seamed it up and it was too small, too big, or just hideous. ”Maybe blocking it will help,” you said, even though you knew as you soaked your new project that it was a lost cause. Maybe next time you should read this post on why you should knit a tension square.

4. You thought you had the pattern memorized

5 regrets every knitter has  - thought the pattern as memorized

You read in the pattern, ”Repeat 15 times until it measures 20 inches in length.” Then you repeated something that wasn’t the pattern, 15 times, until it was 2o inches of wrong. Ouch.

5. Starting that pattern in the first place!

5 regrets knitters have: starting that pattern in the first place

”I can totally handle this,” you thought as you cast on 357 stitches for an intricate lace shawl that your best friend wants to wear to her wedding. Then you realized that your counts were off and you dropped a stitch marker. You thought, ”Why the heck did I even attempt this in the first place?” We’re here to tell you that we believe in you. You can do it! Power through and beat that pattern!

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Last updated: June 24th, 2015.

45 Responses to 5 Things every knitter regrets

  1. Dawn says:

    I regret moving house. Put all the things for the tip in black bin bags. I was knitting a complicated cable sweater, I’d finished the front and started the back and a sleeve. It was heavy cotton and the bag broke. So I put it in a black bin bag. You know the rest……..

    • Claire says:

      noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo OMGoodness I feel your pain!

    • Robin Tyler Saunter says:

      Oh Sweetie, what can I say??

    • Marilyn says:

      Did the same thing with an afghan for my daughter, only I didn’t have the moving house excuse. Thought it went in the attic, but must have gone in the trash. Lesson learned: don’t put ANY knitting in trash bags!

  2. Helene Racine says:

    Forgetting my knitting at home is not a tragedy for me. It is just the perfect opportunity to discover new yarn shops!

  3. Janalex says:

    Buying cheap and nasty yarn.

  4. Linda durbin says:

    I regret that I didn’t knit for several years . I forgot how relaxing and productive it is !

  5. Beth Scofield says:

    Lovingly knitted a surprise comfort shawl for a friend in a rough place in life. Washed and blocked it. Folded it up and tucked it in a shopping bag ready to give it the following day. Tore the house apart looking for it. It’s never been seen again. I think it went to the garbage dump. 🙁 Rather glad she never knew I’d started it.

  6. Chani says:

    That eternal urge to frog everything and start fresh. I can’t deal with even the most minor of mistakes no one else would notice anyway. Frog frog it goes, eternally unfinished

  7. Jax says:

    I regret giving my labours of love to people who don’t appreciate them. Never to be worn again or ruined the first time they are thrown in the washing machine on a jeans wash.

    • Marilyn says:

      Me too. Gift a baby blanket or scarf and never see it again, makes me so sad. Anyway, another lesson learned- either keep it or donate to someone you know will appreciate it.

      • Lillian says:

        I once knitted a very complicated fair isle jumper for my grand daughter. Visiting a short time later I found it in a puddle of mud in the back yard.

    • Heidi says:

      Oh boy I know what you mean. Made a lacy scarf (complicated) and some bed slippers (easy) for a friend. Next time I was at her house, the scarf was balled up under her coffee table and one slipper was peeking out from under the couch. She said she lost the other one. Um, no. Never again.

    • Cathy says:

      I totally agree with you. People that do not following the washing instructions I put with all my garments when I give them.

  8. Erykah says:

    Back when I started knitting I made a lovely chunky scarf for a friend’s Xmas present. Then made the fatal error of popping it in the washing machine…

  9. Julie lambert says:

    In the 80’s I knitted myself a long Aran cable coat, when I moved 13yrs ago I got rid of it because I thought it was old fashioned, but I regret it because I know my teenage daughter would love it now, being vintage.

  10. Irene says:

    I’ve just made a dinosaur jumper for my nephew with lots of colour changes. I said “never again”. Guess what? I’ve just finished a campervan cushion with more colour changes. Why do I do it? Maybe I can’t resist a challenge. Simple baby bonnet next! But I do love knitting.

  11. Tina says:

    I can so relate to ‘knitting when tired’! Don’t do it- you only have to rip it out and do it again the next day. This could also apply when knitting in poor light. Won’t even mention combining the two …

  12. Sue says:

    Spending a fortune on a Mystery Blanket Club and hating the colours. Feel obliged to finish it because it has cost such a lot but not enjoying knitting it and can’t imagine that any of my family or friends will want it when it’s finished! And, it’s keeping me away from other more satisfying projects. Hey ho.

  13. Margaret Keenan says:

    I so agree with the knitting when tired, just finished a beret for my dad, was finished theming and washing and blocking it and I noticed a dropped stitch that was working it’s way back up the work!!!! Aaaarrg!! Luckily I was able to fix it (you don’t want to know),and luckily my dad isn’t too fussy!!!

  14. Jackie says:

    #1 is a legitimate reason to buy more yarn, and needles, and whatever other accessories may be needed. Plus, I love picking up yarn on trips. That way, I am reminded of the trip whenever I use it or see it.

  15. Liz says:

    I agree with Jackie – I have found the neatest yarn shops by not having any project along with me – last one, on a cruise to Alaska – found a lovely little shop, and bought a cowl pattern and the hand dyed yarn. Great keepsake of Ketchikan.

    • Teresa says:

      Just got back from an Alaskan cruise! Visited shops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway and bought yarns at each one! Highlights of my trip, well, after the glaciers, and Mt McKinley!

  16. Lynn VanHouse says:

    Oh, let’s see…the regrets in knitting. I have pretty much committed all of the above sins at one time or another. My most costly sin/regret is buying yarn. I mostly knit small things with one or two skeins…scarves, hats, slippers. I must have about 5000 (that’s thousand, folks) yarns I cannot possibly ever, ever use. I have given away a thousand skeins and, still, I have all this beautiful yarn I want to make something from. Maybe, I don’t like the knitting (just kidding) as much as I love the colors and textures. COLOR AND TEXTURE! I have curbed the buying, oh, except for that luscious $22 hunk of yarn in the perfect sea breeze color and soft nubby texture I bought for a wonderful infinity scarf I found a pattern for the other day.

    • Heidi says:

      I’m a yarn junkie too. The other day I was looking for my crochet hooks (I rarely crochet) and opened the dreaded “craft closet”. Found 8 skeins of gorgeous black cashmere yarn……. have no idea what I had planned on making with it and completely forgot I even had it. But then I keep getting these notifications of sales on Craftsy………..

  17. Sandy Stainer says:

    I love knitting the car but I do get upset if I loose my cable needle!

  18. Kaye Richardson says:

    All these people commenting sound perfectly normal and very lovely people.Dont change, just keep knitting and don’t punish yourself for not finishing a project.I recently bagged and tagged, “never to be finished items”, and gave them to the secondhand shop.Someone unable to afford the initial purchase will be thrilled to finish them.

  19. I knitted a very fine lace shawl for my new grandson and within a week of them having it their puppy chewed a hole in it. I now have the unenviable task of mending it. Ugh.

  20. Lesley says:

    A friend of mine stitched a beautiful quilt for her new grandchild. When she visited their house a couple of weeks later she noticed the quilt immediately. The dog was sleeping on it in his basket.
    What is wrong with people ?

  21. Karen says:

    I knit socks for my daughter. When I went over, I found that the dog had chewed a hole in one. I found the other one and took them back. I fixed the hole.

  22. sally williams says:

    Knit, crochet and be happy. It’s the best form of yoga you can do. The rhythm of knitting and crochet is as old as the hills, I’m convinced if doctors did a study they would find that it lowers blood pressure and calms the mind.

    • Rachael says:

      I agree Sally, nothing beats a long hard day at the office then coming home and sitting down with a bit of yarn and my needles! Though knitting whilst tired is definitely one of my regrets.

  23. Sue says:

    #2…many times. Wouldn’t you think that I would learn? No, I continue to knit until I’m asleep and then the next day spend twice as much time frogging! I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one.

  24. Myriam says:

    My top 3 regrets
    3) Thinking I got the pattern memorized: this one had me frogging quite often, but sometimes, mistakes gives way to a new kind of pattern that I like. Once, in stranded knitting, I made huge, 9-stitch-base triangles instead of smaller, 5-stitch-base ones. But I liked the effect, and kept it.

    2) Knitting while I’m tired: once, I knitted the kangooroo pocket of a sweater in the back of it. Yes, the back. I had to do it all over again, because it was top-down, and the neckline in the front was too different than in the back.

    1) NOT TAKING A PICTURE OF A KNITTED ITEM I MADE; sorry for the caps, but this one is huge, for me. I gave away some gorgeous shawls, and cowls, asking the “gifted” person to send me a picture of them wearing it… and I don’t receive anything. I keep asking, and they just say : “Oh, right, I was supposed to send you that. I forgot, but you’ll get it first thing!”… and I never receive anything, so I stop asking. Or worse… I knit a gorgeous piece for myself, and then I go and loose it on an airplane.

    Lesson learned: now, I take a picture of everything, even if just flat on a table, to make sure I have something to remember what I made, and keep track of my progress as a knitter.

  25. Jaki says:

    Knitted my very first ever, without a pattern, pair of socks on 4 pins. Gifted them to a sister who used them as bed socks… that’s ok.,. at least they were worn. When she wore a hole in the heel, instead of returning them to me to repair… she put them in a clothing bank! Sometimes I regret being her sister!

  26. farmkiti says:

    Buying yarn online that was supposed to be a rosy mauve, but turned out to be a muddy brown. What am I going to do with THAT?!! Not a very complimentary color!

  27. Dee says:

    I can relate to a lot of the comments here – not knitting for years is one of them. I started an afghan around the time I bought my house (I had this unrealistic notion of making a lot of my own home decor – sewing curtains, knitting/crocheting afghans, pillows, etc) and it’s still sitting in a bag somewhere (that was 15 years ago). A related regret is picking up a fairly complicated lace table runner after about a year and messing up the pattern and of course I didn’t have a lifeline so I ended up frogging the entire project and redoing it.

    I too have purchased more yarn that I think I can ever use but it’s just so much fun to look at new patterns and imagine doing them.

    I used to worry about gifting things that weren’t appreciated – now I mostly send them to my brother and his family who live 2000 km away so if they don’t use it I’m not likely to know.

    Since knitting for me is supposed to be a way to relax and calm myself after a hectic day, I try not to obsess too much about it – mistakes just show it’s made by a human not a machine.

  28. Faye Faraldo says:

    I can relate but for me the biggest one is staying away from knitting for soooo long. Also, what is a lifeline? Thank you in advance.

    • Angelina says:

      Hi Faye!

      A lifeline is using thread or sometimes dental floss run inside the stitches, so that if you have to rip out several rows, it’s easier to control. Many people use these for lace work as ripping those stitches out is a job and a half. Happy knitting!

  29. Claire says:

    made a complicated sweater with popcorn and cable stitches, two weeks later was invited to see the new puppies. Yup you guessed it the sweater was in the box for the puppies to lay on. never again….

  30. Val says:

    Why regret those unexpected colour orders and heaps of odd skeins. Keep a charity blanket on the go alongside your other projects. Any colour, double up thinner yarns, any pattern or none. Great for tired knitting times. Knit in squares if you don’t mind sewing up, or in strips, picking up last strip as you go. Mine have gone to cyclone victims, refugees, street kids. Don’t horde it. Warm somebody.

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