(Knitting Regrets), I’ve Had a Few . . .

But then again to few to mention.

Over the years I’ve knit things I’ve liked and I’ve knit things that . . . well . . .

It’s time for true confessions and to reveal my

Top 5 Knitting Regrets

In no particular order, drum roll please . . .

1) Told Yourself You Could Skip the Swatch

So, yes, I’ve done that. I told myself every lie in the book. “I’m using the same yarn that the pattern calls for” or “I’m a good knitter”, or “it looks like it’s on gauge.” Most famously resulting in this atrocity. 

2) Went to the (fill in the blank) Without Your Knitting

Always, I repeat ALWAYS have your knitting with you. Every time I’ve gone out without it because it’s just a quick errand, my subway is held in the station, or the doctor got stuck at the hospital so she’s 2 hrs behind in appt. The WORST is taking a project on vacation and finishing it with nothing new to cast on. Be safe, take one project per day of vacation. Trust me.

3) Convinced Yourself You Had Enough Yarn

Yarn chicken never ends well. You can tell yourself all the lies. You can do a felted join so you’ll not waste ends, shorten the sleeves, knit few rows of ribbing, but math is math. Don’t do it. Just get an extra ball of yarn. Don’t

4) Continued to Knit Lace in the Dark

Not wanting to wake up your husband is not a good enough reason to knit lace in the dark, because the morning always comes – and it. Is. Never. Pretty.

5) Convinced Yourself it Would Get Smaller When You Seamed it

See Regret #1. I knit the entire sweater back and front and still refused to acknowledge that the sweater was HUGE. Here’s what I’ve learned . . . when I was a kid my mother used to warn “the man won’t change when you marry him”. I never knew what she meant, but I can tell you, the sweater won’t get smaller when you seam it.

There, I feel better. What are your biggest knitting regrets? Leave me a comment.

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  • Dana Cooper September 11, 2018   Reply →

    To your 5 I’ll add one more!
    6. Tell yourself that little mistake won’t show because you don’t want to rip it all out. It becomes a beacon to your eye and that’s all you see!

  • Anne Stone September 29, 2018   Reply →

    Not ripping out and correcting a mistake.

  • Jan Mulwitz September 29, 2018   Reply →

    “Oh, I don’t need to put this (maybe lace?) in a bag. The cats will leave it alone” . HAH!! “Idle yarn is a cat’s plaything.”

  • Amy C September 30, 2018   Reply →

    Ignoring that nagging feeling that something is wrong instead of stopping to discover that rereading the directions means you don’t have to rip out the yoke (twice) or make socks that would fit Godzilla.

  • Susan Adams September 30, 2018   Reply →

    That glass of wine (or two) that I had before I picked up my knitting….Susan

  • Lea Mcmillan September 30, 2018   Reply →

    My worst was not notating a needle size change on my pattern! Came back much later and finished it with the needle called for in the pattern. The back fits, the front AND sleeves are too big. Sew it together anyway! Bad idea. Waiting to be frogged.

  • Dorothy Taylor October 2, 2018   Reply →

    Aggressive blocking isn’t always the answer either!

  • Laurie E. Razen February 8, 2020   Reply →

    Alternating skeins on a pattern that goes from right side out to wrong side out and 5 inches later seeing how nice the skein changes show on the Right side. Ahhhhhhhhhh!

  • Emi November 17, 2020   Reply →

    Chenille yarn and trying to knit something with it for the first time. Frogged. But don’t want to give up. There must be a secret.

  • Ashley January 25, 2021   Reply →

    Being too scared or intimidated to try new skills. Took me years to try stranded knitting – finally gave in during the pandemic. It is now my fav thing!

  • Stacey Jospeh January 25, 2021   Reply →

    For me if I have to rip I make sure I have my tools my kitchen table and calm . Read: don’t rip like a enraged crazy person. Also agree w if you are tired put it DOWN else to the kitchen table I will go!

  • Julie Breuninger January 25, 2021   Reply →

    Using the same weight yarn, but different fibers from what the pattern called for. I made a very intricate cable/lace cardigan – whole thing was intertwining cables and lace. The pattern called for a mohair/merino blend. I used bamboo. The fabric was beautiful, stitch definition was lovely – but it did not hang right and was too bulky. Never wore it. It was such a lovely shade of periwinkle too. What a shame.

  • JULIANE FORD Ford July 5, 2021   Reply →

    These are great! Thank you Patty, I can relate to every one of them.

  • Kimberly Coppenrath August 10, 2021   Reply →

    Corollary to #5 — It will be bigger once it gets blocked….

  • Judy January 19, 2023   Reply →

    Not taking enough notes on a pattern so that when I wanted to knit it again, I made all the same mistakes all over again! I could have saved time and avoided that frustration with sufficient notes!

  • Agnes April 7, 2024   Reply →

    Omg, yes! In my very early days, not knowing anything about wool, I chose KP Palette (100% wool) for some small double knitting colorwork and sw merino for the main parts on a child’s hat. After months of painstaking work, I finally proudly finished it. It was gorgeous. Then, I washed it….and dried it…yup you guessed it! The colorwork shrank making the hat impossible to wear. Hard way to learn about 100% wool.

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