A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about my favorite finished items: pieces that have stood the test of time.
But life isn’t all daisies and roses… I’ve had my share of a few flops. Today, I’m going to share some finished items that turned out to be flops. Most of the flops are completely my fault: I picked an inappropriate yarn, I made changes to the pattern (which didn’t turn out so well) or I rushed ahead without doing a proper gauge swatch. So, I’m not going to link to the patterns… because it’s not really their fault.
Here we go! Weep along with me…
The super-stiff wrap
The pattern called for lace-weight yarn held double on size 6 needles. Somehow, I thought that if I held a laceweight yarn (in pretty colors) with a dk yarn (that I had a ton of), it would come out alright.
The gauge swatch should have been my clue: it was stiff… but I pressed on. The finished item (and this was a lot of knitting!) is as stiff as a board, and sorta uncomfortable to wear. And, because it’s knitted from 2 strands held together… it’d be a pain to frog. It’s currently living in limbo in my drawer.
The ugly yarn shawl
Fabulous pattern. Fun to knit. But the yarn…
Help! The weird pooling hurts my eyes!
The sadly felted tunic
This one breaks my heart. It took me forever to knit this entire tunic on size 3 needles. After wearing it twice, it had felted under the arms.
I told myself it was no big deal… who looks under your arms? But now, after about a dozen wearings, it’s sprung a few holes and the felting has continued to consume the sweater. I can probably eek a few more wearings out of it… but then it’s off to the trash…
The too-short hat
This one sorta is the pattern’s fault… it’s too short! It doesn’t cover my ears! What kind of hat is that?
The pilling cardigan
I LOVE this cardigan. It’s super-soft. It’s my favorite color. I handmade the buttons. I even did a fair-isle snail on the pocket.
Unfortunately, I picked a 100% merino that probably wasn’t meant for heavy-duty wear. It’s pilling… and bad. Sniff.
So, I brush it with a sweater stone, and hope it keeps hanging in there!
Have you any flops to share?
These are only the ones I’ve had since 2011! Trust me, there are even more if I go back further!
If you want to see more great finished items… make sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog, the organizer of this great FO Friday theme!
I hope you have an awesome and craft-filled weekend!
Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what exciting new craft I’ll get into on Craft School Saturday!
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