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Published on July 21st, 2017 | by Merion


Knitting Fails!

Hands up everyone, who here has had a knitting fail? Some people might be embarrassed by their mistakes, while others take the opportunity to share them with the world! Take a look at these hilarious tweets for when knitting goes WRONG!

I’ve loved trawling through these knitting fails! I love the fact that we knitters are happy to share our failures as well as our successes – and that our knitting friends understand completely!

Pets and yarn do not mix! Detangling is the worst job in the world!!!

In her excitement, Pauline ordered the wrong needle size – you know that feeling when you just keep adding things to your cart in excitement and quickly check out before you talk yourself out of it?

This happens to me all the time! If I were really organised, I’d make a note and stuff it into a project bag … at least now with the LoveKnitting app I can tell where I was when I stopped!

What a nightmare frog that must have been! Oh Merissa we salute you!

Counting. The bane of a knitter’s life! How many of you have miscounted a long cast on? (Ah, too many to count!)

The trauma of finding yarns for Find Your Fade! ย I still can’t find mine either Kim K!

Let’s call it a design feature Michael Hall!

Is this all too familiar? I certainly feel Lisa’s pain – I too have knitted giant sweaters that are so thick I can’t wear them or they make me look like a giant smurf….

Increasing by mistake? It’s easily done!

Oh the trauma of pulling a dropped stitch!

Lastly – one of the great truisms of knitting….ย 

Tell us all about your knitting fails in the Comments!

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Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: October 18th, 2017.

35 Responses to Knitting Fails!

  1. Judy says:

    No matter that I always check the gauge, my size project never ends up being the size I need. Fortunately, I have a lot of grandkids and grand nieces to knit for. There is always someone to fit into the sweater. It’s no wonder I’m addicted to knitting scarves!

  2. Mary Bullion says:

    I did hand warmers and one had k2 p2 ribbing, the other k1 p1. Didn’t realize it until I wore them ๐Ÿ™„. Also did a mitten with the fingers reversed so the index finger is tiny and the little finger huge. I know for sure I don’t read instructions.

  3. Susan Curtis says:

    Using all your yarn money on mail order, ?Thinking you ordered 20 balls in dark green and 20 balls in purple and when you open the box….you find that you ordered 40 balls of BRIGHT BLUE..

  4. Jackie says:

    Knitting several inches with one size 6 needle and one size 8 needle because he were paying more attention to the television than your work.

    • Marianne says:

      Just one of the many reasons I gave up on straight needles & use 30″ or 40″ circulars! (They also get through TSA security checks @ airports a lot quicker. ๐Ÿ›ซ)

  5. Hazel says:

    I’ve done what Pauline did and ordered the wrong size needles, realised as I placed my order but not able to rescind it. You just feel old and daft.

  6. Catz says:

    I saw some beautiful bright multi- coloured yarn in acrylic ( can’t wear wool) and pounced. I bought enough for two projects. Couldn’t wait to start this cardi I wanted it finished for Christmas. BUT alas it just didn’t live up to my hopes. I think I will be ripping it out and maybe putting it with black or another dark colour (which are a pain to knit with!) Need to think ahead more before I make rash purchases. ๐Ÿ™

  7. Mary says:

    Taking your knitting on a car trip to keep you busy, then realise you have knitted the whole of the back of a baby cardigan without changing needle size. Car journey home was like round two with the right needles.

  8. Barbara says:

    Oh too funny!! My mistake is thinking I am still a size 10 from 30 years ago and not the real size I am today (and not buying the right amount of wool accordingly)!!

  9. Jean says:

    Choosing as my road project for a 6,000 mile road trip a pair of lovely and intricate Fair Isle mittens on dpns only to realize the utter folly of trying to keep track of a multi-page pattern with half a dozen patterns charts with tiny, tiny squares… and literally every row of the pattern was different! My husband never knew I had such an extensive vocabulary as I unleashed during that trip… I did finish them, and they are wonderful, but never again!

  10. Sarah says:

    I found the perfect yarn for knitting my 4yo a sweater (camo,self fairisle) my tension was perfect but unfortunately I accidentally knitted to wrong size (too small)… doesn’t fit anybody in our family. So I’m off to frog a whole sweater(wish I wasnt so good at weaving in ends lol)

  11. Hilary says:

    Happily knitting the brim of a hat till your husband asks you why you are knitting a Mรถbius strip

  12. Elizabeth says:

    While weaving in the ends of a shawl intended for a friend, I snipped a hole in the shawl when I was trimming a woven in end.

  13. Catlady says:

    Was making a double-bed sized afghan for a family friend dear young lady as a wedding gift. Using a stitch pattern from one of Barbara Walker’s Treasuries. Didn’t think to add a border – was more than half-way through when I realized that I was making it wider and narrower because of the pattern repeat starts and finishes. Ripped out the entire afghan, started over with borders. It was difficult to finish, because it had to become a comfort ‘ghan instead of a wedding ‘ghan – groom passed 6 weeks before the wedding from unexpected health issue… I couldn’t pick up needles for nearly 6 months after I finished the ‘ghan…. ๐Ÿ™

  14. Jennifer says:

    I’ve knitted two left mitts before. I also knitted an intricate fair isle patterned sweater in the round for my husband. It said to mark armholes, which I did, and then kept knitting to the neck. I had a tube!!! I was determined I was not going to rip out all that work so I screwed up my courage and used the Sew and Cut method. Turned out beautifully and he still wears the sweater.

  15. del says:

    Knitting Adult Size Baby Boottees for my teenage God-daughter. Did not notice til she pointed out one cuff was K2P2 rib, the other K!P1. And I had picked up sts all around the top of the cuff to put a lacey border on in a contrasting colour!! Me, being fussy, I asked her which one she prefered and starting unpicking…..
    Putting ears on head of toy rabbit wrong way round.
    I could go on and on………

  16. Astrid Thompson says:

    I knitted an intricate, one ply cobweb weight Shetland christening dress. It had two layers and I had completed the main part ready to finish the bodice. Someone asked to see it – it was not blocked at that point – so I stretched it across my knee (at about blocking tension) and the yarn snapped in numerous places. It was not possible to repair it. Binned.

  17. Lorraine says:

    Years ago I knit my husband a Cowichan sweater out of Buffalo wool. It turned out huge so I thought I’ll shrink it a bit and wash in warm water. Lol. Turned out the size for a12 yr old and sooo thick you couldn’t stick your finger thru. Now I know that is called felting but back then I just threw it out! I have never made him anything else….he’s got bad karma lololol

  18. Eli Valenzuela says:

    When I first began knitting I saw a beautiful lace pattern for a cardigan, I had been working on it slowly for a few month and was 3/4 done, my son noticed the ball of yarn and began to play with it commenting how soft and squishy the yarn was, I looked up and he had unraveled most of it, after I told him “that was mommy’s sweater that I’ve been knitting for month’s” we looked at each other and just started laughing. Knitting is so much fun for me now. I don’t stress over mistakes, that is how I began knitting tops. I knitting a panel of a sweater too big, so I folded it in half and finished it as a top. I still wear it to this day.

  19. Kellie says:

    I decided to knit my then boyfriend a sweater. I was so sure and confident it would turn out perfectly, until I ran into a snag. As I examined the sweater more closely, I noticed the armholes weren’t at the same level on both sides (don’t ask how, I still do NOT know how that happened). I figured it wouldn’t show. The sleeves were textbook comedy show one waaaaay too long. Never gave it to him as I gave up and binned the project.
    By the way, we didn’t last either.

  20. Dorothy Lankshear says:

    I have had a good dose of laughing today at all the mistakes. Am not a perfect knitter despite doing it all my life. Still buy pretty wool & knit it up in 4ply pattern when its actually a dbl knit wool or change recommended needle size and am not satisfied with finished garment. Bought a lovely pattern for gr granddaughter, hooded jacket. Haha its a crochet pattern not knitting. Am not too good on shaping crochet.

  21. Janette Kearns Wilson says:

    I mostly knit without a pattern, I was knitting a second jumper for my husband
    Me:You’re not anxious for me to finish this, it seems
    He had the previous one on, stood up to his full height
    Him: because you knit jumpers for ourangatangs…and i looked at the very long sleeves!!!

  22. Frances says:

    I had finished a lovely one shoulder, sleeveless, cotton, summer top for my daughter in law. I snipped what I thought was the last end and discovered to my horror that I had NOT woven that thread in. I had to frog down to that spot, about a third of the front, and knit it again. It came out great in the end, but I will be more careful in the future.

  23. Rose D Cline says:

    I was ambitiously knitting a beautiful lace doily in the round, using double pointed needles for the first time. I was about halfway done with the doily, and had finished all the stitches on a needle. I then proceeded to pull the empty needle out of my left hand to transfer to my right. Oh no! I pulled the wrong needle- the next full one, not the empty one. Since I was just learning how to use the dps and had very little practice with knitting lace, it was impossible for me to rethread the stitches onto the needle- too many yarn overs, knit togethers, etc., and not enough knowledge. Had to start over. But I did succeed in making it.

  24. Stephanie i says:

    I completed one mitt and I stuck it in a drawer whilst I did the other… When I finished I took out the one in the drawer. To my horror one is twice the length of the other!! I could start a new trend!

  25. Pat Humphrey says:

    I’m laughing so hard because I think I’ve made every mistake that I’ve read. I was making the first of a pair of mitts, and I got to the thumb and didnt like it. I was going to rip back to the beginning of the thumb, and couldn’t get the project on the needles. Ripped out. Cut the wrong thread on a finger of a glove and had to patch. Not very well. And on it goes.

  26. Hils says:

    A while ago I spent a fortune (for me) on really nice yarn to knit a dress. For almost the first time in my life – I’ve been knitting for 56 years – I completed a tension square and it was all perfect so I started knitting. After a while knitting the skirt piece I thought it looked large, but – hey – the pattern is for a full skirt so I kept on knitting. Finally finished – dress looked great. I blocked it, sewed it and proudly tried it on – I am about a size 10 and the dress would have fitted a size 18 – I have no idea what happened. Anyway – I hot washed it so it would shrink…but it’s super wash wool; I ‘adjusted’ the bodice and shoulder seams…still no go. However – looking at this positively I am now a size 14 so in another year or two I may have grown into it!!

  27. Cleo Galloway says:

    *Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  28. BARBARA YOUNG says:

    Happily knitting away on a raglan top-down cardigan. Did one sleeve in the round with DPNs (no seams! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and decided to knit the 2nd sleeve (also in the round) using magic loop. Same size needles but halfway through, I noticed that the magic loop sleeve was a much tighter gauge than the first one. Frogged it was and the 2nd sleeve got knit with the DPNs. Who’d have thought that a different method with the same size needles would result in such a different gauge?

  29. Iris Jones says:

    Having knitted the entire front of a sweater only to find that near the beginning I cabled the wrong way on one of the cables. It looked as if a snake had taken over temporarily!

  30. Shawn says:

    When eyelash yarn was all the rage, I knit a long sleeved black cardigan with the eyelash yarn held double with another yarn. After sewing the sleeves in place, I tried it on. I looked like a mountain gorilla. My arms looked 12โ€ around from shoulder to wrist. The whole thing went straight in the trash.

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