I can’t lie to you, working without patterns isn’t all roses and joy. Sometimes things go wrong. Oh so very wrong. One has to be prepared for this. An “oh well, no big deal” attitude is extremely important. Here I’ll catalog a few of the things that went wrong, and what one can do to fix them. All is not always lost when you notice a glaring screaming screw up!
Failed Project number one: My first knitting project. I tried to follow a pattern, so this sort of doesn’t count, but it’ll probably give you a laugh so here it is. 😉 The pattern was:
Silja Superwash Design 14, pg. 23. Gjestal Strikkedesign No. 100. The Plymouth Yarn Co., Inc.
Or it would have been, had I actually followed the pattern. Ya know, things like using a circular needle instead of deciding I was too new to this thing and I was going to use straight ones instead and go back and forth because I knew how to do that, then just seam it up at the back. Also checking gauge would have helped. A lot. But I just had to get started, and this was my first knitting project ever. 😳 (Fairisle is also a hard thing to start with on your first project, I did mess up the pattern too.)
- It looks even funnier in person, especially in the back where the seam is.
(Here’s what its supposed to look like if you do it right. I HAD to do it again, I really wanted it. Did I learn my lesson? nooOOOOoooo. I didn’t get the gauge right, even on the second one. Its so tight it makes my brain hurt. I gave it to my more petite friend, warning her that it still might make her brain hurt, but she still wanted it, so at least it got a happy home).
Yarn is Red Heart acrylic
Failed project number two, (turned success!): Some patternless mistakes you can turn around, maybe not like you imagined, but in life, one must flow, even if its flowin’ like molasses. This was a tank top I started on a circular needle from the hips and worked up, then seamed the shoulders together using the kitchener stitch so it would be a seamless tank top. The hard part about knitting vs. crochet is that if I’d crocheted it I could have just chained around the hips with the right length to start with. (It does have a crocheted edge, but this was added last). In knitting, even holding the needle around yourself doesn’t seem to lead to good measurement. I started, got far enough along to realize it was too huge, then ripped out and restarted 2 more times. The third time it was still too baggy and I was sick of it! So I just slipped it around my hips, still on the needle, then folded the edge over and safety pinned it in place. I stitched this fold in place, then as I got to the next few rows I cabled a chunk of stitches in the same direction as the fold to make a twist (and make it look like I meant to do that). The crocheted trim also helps conceal that its a mistake.
I call it Sunset Over Utah. Yarn is Tabali, 2 different colors alternating color 4, and color 6.)
Failed project number three: The too-long socks. These were made toe up, using Judy’s Magic Cast On for the seamless toe (that part works wonderfully), and with wool yarn I spun myself. Despite that great stuff, they look kind of silly. I figure the extra toe space can hold in some extra warmth, and I’m only going to wear them around the house. Being toe up, this really shouldn’t have happened, but if you knit on the bus you can’t go trying on your socks without first taking off your shoes. I figure they frown upon potentially smelly naked feet being pulled out on the bus, so here we are.
I probably shouldn’t even stop here. Most things I make aren’t PERfect, like they would be if I followed a pattern and checked gauges. There are often lumps and funny stitches and things a perfectionist would never approve of. Patterns can be hard though…maybe something’s not quite right in my brain and I just don’t follow them right.
Take this for example. This was supposed to be a booty for a child or baby. I got to this point, reading and following the pattern very carefully, and it said fold it up and stitch the foot. I guess that means its already supposed to look like a shoe? If anyone can tell me how to turn this into a baby booty, please do!
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