Knitting fails to make you cringe
In honor of #FrogOrFinish month, we’re sharing some of our most painful knitting fails that lead to frogging a project.
Dropped stitches, tension problems, and epic fails, oh my! As a knitter, you’re bound to experience some kind of crafting disaster sooner or later. While these problems are painful in the moment, it can make for a funny story once the pain fades – right?
Hero’s tale of woe
“I had to rip my whole cardigan up to the sleeves because I cast on the wrong number of stitches!”
Ouch. That looks like it hurt.
Marie’s dropped stitches
“Not sure what happened for the blue stripey (After The Rain) I must have dropped a stitch and never noticed as I only found that after I had washed and blocked and tried it on! 😀 I haven’t had the heart to fix it either its still holey in my wardrobe – can’t bear to look at it. “
“The second one is a scarf I’ve been working on and is the result of staying up too late desperate to finish ‘one more row!’ trying to pick up dropped stitches when half asleep is NOT a good idea!! That scarf is still a WIP.”
What have we learned? Should we knit while tired?
Pauline’s sock fail
“How about making a pair of socks for each member of my family for Christmas, 4 in total and out of that 4 only 1 person can wear their socks?
So my very first pair of socks was in worsted yarn for my brother in law. My tension was so tight he cannot get them on his foot…. Considering this was my first ever pair of socks however, I’m not surprised.
The second pair of socks for my sister who is married to the man who got the first pair of socks, they are too long in the foot and the heel has way too much back material, it’s like the heel is trying to escape.
The fourth and final pair of socks I made for my mum and I believe she wears them proudly and gloats as it looks as the the first 3 pairs of socks were just practice for her perfect pair.”
My own tension fail, mixed with a pattern fail
Once upon a time, in a land far away, I decided to try knitting my first pattern that wasn’t solely made up of rectangles. I decided to make a vest!
Unfortunately, not only did I make a huge mistake in the cable panel, I also didn’t check my tension, and ended up with a vest that was about 9 inches too short. Oops.
See that strange looking blob in the cable on the right? Not only did I mess up the cable panel, I also dropped some stitches and didn’t realize it until I was binding off for the arm holes – another victim of sleepy knitting.
As you can probably guess, it got frogged all the way out and rewound into balls. They are still sitting at the bottom of my stash in solitary confinement, serving out their punishment. My knitting fails may not be numerous, but they are impressively painful.
Jenni’s total save
No knitter is a stranger to tension and gauge problems – poor Jenni fell into the tension trap when she tried to make a hat. It turned out just a little bit too big.
Hmm, that hat looks a little big, I wonder what Jenni did with it? Did she frog it out, or did she decide to pioneer a new fashion of huge hats that obscure your vision?
What was once a hat, is now a versatile yarn basket. I think we can call that a knitting win.
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Last updated: January 14th, 2016.