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Big Box of Knitting FAILS – What Was I Thinking??

Big Box of Knitting FailsFor those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”. I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching. So, this blog series was born to dig into my knitting boo boos. Today’s episode . . .

Just because you can knit it . . . doesn’t mean you should knit it.

One of the things I teach in my sweater classes is to think about what you want to knit. We go through ways to really understand a sweater pattern. We look at how to figure out if it’s right for you, how to pick the right yarn, and the right size. We also learn to compare a schematic to the pattern picture in case there might be a disconnect (like a bit clip at the back of the model make the sweater looked shaped!)

Finally, we discuss looking to Ravelry for other knitter’s experiences. On Ravelry you can see what other knitters think and look at their project pictures.

Oh how I wish I knew then what I know now .

For instance had I looked at another knitters project I might have seen this comment:

“OK – this one looks nothing like the picture from Moda Dea. There is no shaping involved”

Big box of knitting fails

So, I knit the whole sweater back only to find that it was a very large (fuzzy) box. So, I ripped the whole thing out (SOOOO fun to do with fuzzy novelty yarn), and went on to rewrite the pattern to eliminate an entire diamond repeat and add waist shaping.

There was only one problem . . . that now left the two diamonds in a rather (gulp) unfortunate position.

Big box of knitting fails

So to sum up the things I wish I had known:

  1. How to read the schematic and look for pattern clues

Found in my live class  – Reading Between the Lines: What Your Sweater Pattern Doesn’t Tell You

Coming up next at the McNeedles Retreat in October

Found in my digital class – Unlocking Pattern Secrets

2. How to customize a sweater pattern

Found in my live class  – Customizing Sweater Patterns

Coming up next at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival in October

Found in my digital class – Customizing Sweater Patterns Pt. 1 & Pt 2

3. How to make a sweater you will love

Found in my live class  – Secrets to Spectacular Sweater Success

Coming up next at the Vogue Knitting Live in November

Do you have a knitting fail? Share it in a comment.

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  • Mary August 7, 2016   Reply →

    Your photo is priceless. Best laugh I had all day!!

  • Aunrey August 12, 2016   Reply →

    OMG that is too funny. You made my day !

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