Published on May 19th, 2013 | by Serena


Confessions : Knitting Fails…..

This post marks the start of a new series of posts on our blog – Confessions. Each week we will be asking our readers to come clean and confess their worst knitting secrets. Obviously we couldn’t ask you to do this without sheepishly disclosing some of our own darkest knitting shames….  This week we start with Knitting Fails….

Online there are lots of places where people proudly post their latest wonderful knitted creation and marvel over each other’s talents. But what can you do if you have a complete disaster? Where can you go to share your knitting woes and find support and encouragement to keep going? Here at LoveKnitting we want you to share your worst knitting fails with us, and feel no shame – we can guarantee everyone has had one at one time or another.

At Christmas, Serena told us about the mittens she knitted for Kevin, one of our order packers in the warehouse. In her defence, she says “Now, bear in mind this was only my 3rd ever knitting project – and it involved ribbing, stitch increases, stitch decreases, stitch holders and all sorts – I probably should have realised I was over-reaching myself a bit. Lesson I’ve learnt from this project: KNIT A TENSION SQUARE.”


Nigel decided to start with a less ambitious project and make a heart shaped pom pom – How hard can that be? Well, for Nigel, pretty difficult actually….


So come on! Don’t be shy, we promise we won’t judge, and I bet you will feel better for sharing……and if you need it, we can always offer some help or advice! Just email us at and we will post them onto this blog.

NEXT WEEK: UFO’s or Unfinished Objects – what’s your record? We will meet Jess the Cat who is twenty years old this year……. and STILL has no head!

About the Author

Serena loves sunshine, strawberries and Great Danes. She has gone from non-knitter to yarn obsessive in under two years, and is determined to drag the rest of the world along with her.

Last updated: December 6th, 2013.

6 Responses to Confessions : Knitting Fails…..

  1. Tracy Walters says:

    Hilarious! I laughed outload! x

  2. Wendy H says:

    Kevin’s face says it all – I had a good giggle! A friend knitted me a pair of bootees for my first baby which would have fitted a giant – I loved them!

  3. Julie W says:

    My grandmother made a baby bunting for our first baby. Knowing he was a super tiny 3lb 7oz premie she made it tiny for him. It was amazing and fit him so nicely… until we tried to put his hands through the wrists. They were so small my index finger could barely stretch through! We took a picture of him in it and told her his arms were still too small to reach out the sleeves. A lie I know, but it spared her feelings 🙂 I’m glad she lives far away!

  4. Jody says:

    Finding a yarn bargain in a sale, I knitted my son, 18 months at the time, a jumper with little bug motifs knitted into it. I was so pleased with it, but didn’t realise I had used 100% wool and felted it on the first wash.

  5. Rena Moore says:

    I have a knitting machine. When it was new and my daughter was small, she was frequently knitted into garments and had to be released.

  6. My Mum started to knit an airforce blue pullover for my Dad in ww2. He was called up to the Army. I tried to finish it in 1963 but did not have enough wool without moth holes. I threw away the rremains in 2008 when my Mum died. 69 year UFO

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