Whether knitting for 1 year or 10, we have all had a knitting nightmare. A knitting nightmare can mean different things to different knitters but it’s basically whenever you get that sinking feeling deep in your chest after you realize what just happened…that feeling like your heart disintegrated and you have no air in your lungs. Nightmares can range from seeing a beautiful pattern, buying the yarn, and knitting a hat 3 sizes too small to having your lovely son who is learning to use scissor cut the lace yarn feeding into your almost completed shawl to simply picking the complete wrong colors. We also have experience in trying yarn-y things we have seen on Pinterest and having them fail miserably. This post is by no means meant to poke fun at making mistakes because everyone makes them. We wanted to highlight a few entertaining nightmares in order to give them a good laugh and move on! If you don’t have any failures, how can you measure how far you’ve come?
Thanks Pinterest, we NAILED IT!
Here is a Pinterest fail of epic proportion. These genius knots look just like yarn balls so we thought it would be adorable to make a few. We didn’t really have an intended purpose yet but who does? We could have put them in a glass vase or maybe hung them somewhere. Well, we could have done a plethora of things if this project didn’t turn into a frustrating knotted ball of nothing that a cat nommed on for the better part of the afternoon. But this step-by-step/picture-by-picture tutorial made it look easy so we tried and tried! We couldn’t possible be this dense, right? Wrong!
Football Shoulders Capelet of Awful
This nightmare comes from our photographer, Emily L. In 2009, she wanted to knit something for her sister’s birthday. She scoured Ravelry and finally decided on Shell Dance Capelet by Jane Thornley which is a lovely, drapey capelet. It’s advertised as a “stash-busting project” because it uses small amounts of multiple colors. She knew her sister would love it so she set out to find the perfect yarn. Now. The pattern calls for light, fine fingering yarn but, Emily L knew what she was doing and purchased worsted weight wool in a multitude of colors. She also thought it would be nice to alternate a solid panel with a gradient/gradual color change panel. Thinking back, this would have been great on a cowl or scarf but this was a loose capelet with drop stitches…no ma’am. So she knit. And she knit. To quote her directly, “Why didn’t I stop sooner?” The thing turned out to be this huge mess appropriately named the Football Shoulders Capelet of Awful. It was so huge that it dwarfed her over-sized office chair while taking pictures. It was bad. REALLY bad. Wrong colors, wrong yarn, wrong everything! Luckily, she had time before her sister’s birthday to knit something new. Thanks to Football Shoulders, Emily L bought her first skein of “fancy” yarn and knit a nice scarf for her sister. What happened to her capelet, you ask? She had no other choice but to frog it and make some great coffee cozies, of course! There was no other option and she NEVER wanted to see that capelet again.
Jupiter Hat is Out of This World
Jessica was looking for a new fun hat and fell in love with the design of Jupiter Hat by Suzanne Strachan. This was only her second hat so she was very excited to get started and FINISH! The pattern used DK weight yarn so she stash dove to find something bulky that she just knew would work. Starting slowly, she managed to get the brim to fit correctly so she sped up her knitting in order to wear it…now! This caused some problems. She misread the pattern and kind of just went with it, blindly knitting based on how she thought it was supposed to look. To her dismay, the fit was, as she put it, awkward. Since she loved the pattern so much, she tried to love it but could not. This hat is now lost in space. It may have a new home as a Goodwill purchase or it could still be in Jess’s closet hanging with the dust bunnies. Or her real bunny! Wherever it is, it will be brought back to life someday as Jess has plans to knit Jupiter Hat again! This time, she will pick the right yarn and follow the pattern closely.
We would love to hear your knitting nightmares and share in the glory with you! We would also like to make up for the nightmare by awarding a skein to the best knitting nightmare story. Why not celebrate the past mishaps by knitting a new flawless project, right? To enter, comment below with your story by Friday, October 31st at 12 PM Eastern. If you have pictures to share, post them to Instagram with #eatsleepknit and #knittingnightmare.