I've knit my husband 2 sweaters successfully since I started knitting... one I finished a few weeks ago, and one back in 2010. If you have taken classes with me you may have heard about the first sweater I ever knit him.... no one has ever seen it, and while cleaning out the studio the other day (to make room for more yarn) I found it balled up in a bin of shame.
I've decided it's time to "let it go" (I'm practicing KonMari at its finest... this sweater does not bring me joy) but before I do I had to tell the sweater's story in all its glory so none of you make the mistake I did!
So, what did I do wrong? So many things, but really it came down to yarn choice.
It was like 2006, I was just learning to knit and I wanted to make Joelle Hoverson's Men's Zipped Raglan from Last Minute Gifts... it didn't look hard and I was pretty sure I could figure it out! So, I went to the yarn store and found the softest damn bulky weight yarn I could find... cause men don't like itchy yarn, right? So I settled on some Clekheaton and bought everything the yarn store had in the murkiest manliest olive green possible.
And then I started knitting.... did I do a gauge swatch? I think so? But I definitely did not understand anything about the properties of superwash wool.... or men's sweaters.... or installing zippers... or... (fill in the blank).
Needless to say, I just kept knitting, and didn't stop until it was done...
And the zipper?
about hanging weights from the ends of my wet swatch while it dried... or maybe if I had already met Clara and taken her Craftsy class about yarn choice.
I'll never make a mistake like this again. Superwash wool has it's place, but not in a man's loosely knit ribbed sweater.... ummmm... NO! Maybe one day I'll reknit the sweater (I do like the pattern) in a yarn with a bit more memory that isn't quite so heavy. Then again, maybe not...
So, tell me about your worst knitting fail! Bonus points if you can show us a photo! (just include a link, I don't think my blog is fancy enough to allow you to post a photo) If you use social media use the hashtag #knittingfail with your photo!