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KnitterGirl12
09-24-2010, 11:42 AM
What's your worst project ever that you just gave up on because it was SUPER hard? Mine was well, socks, they turned out horrible and they kept unraveling so I turned it back into a ball of yarn. soo embarrassing!:hiding:

hyperactive
09-24-2010, 12:54 PM
this is a funny thread. I will have to think about a project that I would rather forget. I will get back with that.

Socks, though, scare many knitters. But don't give up. They are really easy once you make a pair sufficiently.
Do you know the silver sock tutorial? Or join the sock knitters here. They will help that ball of yarn to fit your feet! You did such a great job on your other projects you showed. Socks won't get you down.

Jan in CA
09-24-2010, 12:57 PM
Try the socks another time when they aren't irritating you. :thumbsup:

Hmm... I've frogged a bunch of things. I'm not sure anything was too hard, but I got bored or it required too much focus. I tend to like projects that go quickly and don't require too much attention.. :lol:

Shandeh
09-24-2010, 01:37 PM
Gosh, I had this happen a LOT of times when I was first learning to knit. It was CRAZY! :gah:

So, I had to resolve myself to very simple projects for a while. Whenever I would get confused, I would come here in the Knitting Help Forum to ask for help. The answers the forum members posted got me through. :grphug:
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Sometimes, I would look online to see if I could figure it out. There are some GREAT knitting videos (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit) here in Knitting Help, and on YouTube as well. I also took one knitting class on how to fix mistakes. (That class helped me a LOT, because I learned how to undo the things I did wrong, without having to frog the entire project.)

And I got some knitting dictionaries and easy pattern books to help me learn too. :thumbsup:

Eventually, I got better and better at knitting, and was able to dive into the more complicated designs. :woohoo:
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Now, after seven years of trial and error, I'm happy with my knitting skills. cloud9
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So, don't give up! Hang in there! It will start to make more sense as you try different things.
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snelly
09-24-2010, 05:49 PM
I have started a lot of projects and frogged them, but I have to say the the worst one was a simple tote bag It was supposed to be square I worked out the gage correctly but All I had to measure with was a small ruler on a Leathermen tool. needless to say my measurements were all off. and there was no way of putting the uneven sides together. It was after this project that I bought my first measuring tape and I keep it with me all the time just in case I start a project out side my home again. That was one of the first knitting projects I tried.

panchita
09-25-2010, 06:27 PM
I started a lace shawl on an airplane. It was a perfect place: quiet, no interruptions, a table right in front of me, semi-comfy chair. Unfortunately, I just can't bring myself to knit at a table now, so the lace shawl is still in a bag and has been for over a year. :( Too bad for me.

KnitterGirl12
10-02-2010, 05:07 PM
Wow! Everyone has had a couple of mistakes! I am going to take some of your guy's advice and maybe take a class on knitting socks and maybe fixing mistakes. ( They would probably help! :rofl: ) Thank you for your advice and memories!:yay:

hyperactive
10-02-2010, 06:42 PM
Oh, I remembered the worst project I made lately... I had a pattern for a very simpel slip stitch pattern. Just a lacey summer shirt to wear over t-shirts and such.

Well, it was done, I put it on - and didn't like it. It made me look wide.
Then I washed and blocked it. It turned about 30 cm / a foot longer, really. The slip stitches let out, I was hoping for that.

I wore it, it looked better. An hour later it was back to the horror-shape.
I did it once more, no change, then tried to give it to my mom (differnet shape). Even worse.
Then I gave it to my aunt who has a really nice taller and slip shape and can wear downright anything to a level of "that's unfair".
Well, she looked only semi-horrible in it. If she will ever wear it, I do not know. If not, she will give it back and I will search a use or trashbag.

The yarn was VERY much on sale, so it is no financial loss or anything. Just a little piece of knitting horror.

Here is a picture:
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sarahandus
10-03-2010, 08:45 AM
I started a sweater with cables on one side of the front, now I can do cables just fine. But when I decided to knit the front some how I could never get the sequences correct and eventually gave up and frogged it. But I will give it another try at a later date, as it is such a beautiful sweater, from "Cast On" magazine, November 2008, the Triple Cable sweater.

It took me several tries, years apart to get into socks. Once done it is fairly easy and something I can do from start to finish without any pattern - plain socks naturally.

Rosey2376
10-03-2010, 01:51 PM
I've never really given up on things because they're too hard, but I do change things a lot if they're too boring. Like adding stripes, or lacy bits, or cables.

I knitted my Dad a pink tie once. Garter stitch. About one inch wide.
Funny how he never wore it !

KnitterGirl12
10-05-2010, 09:59 PM
It is a cute slipover but I guess sometimes the things you knit don't always come out the way you want to. I think that the pink tie is pretty cool. Try to get him to wear it sometime! ( CAUTION!!!! Do not laugh!) I wonder how you have never given up on something hard. You sure?:eyebrow: I wonder how every one has the bravery to actually share these memories! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!:yay:

hyperactive
10-06-2010, 03:58 AM
I don't feel brave. It was just a funny quest through my knitting memories of the last time to get to the failures :)

Oh, there is this one baby shoe. I knit it by the instruction. Then I sewed it up. Now I think the magazine must have be directed to elfes or someone like that because literelly the shoe is 15 cm long or longer... I have tried so many ways to put that piece together. None worked out. Oh well. Either I am dumb or the pattern is wrong. And that one I gave up on. The one shoe kicks around in my yarns somewhere. The other never got made. End of that shoe. I made others and was happy. So there is something I gave up on.

Sunshine's Mom
10-06-2010, 11:19 AM
My first sweater. I didn't give up on it. I finished it, but was distressed when I put the buttons on and tried it on. One of the buttons (it was a double breasted sweater) sat right on my boob and it made the whole thing look horrible and dumpy. It was with chunky yarn and there were buttonholes made and everything. I WAS proud of it until I wore it. It's a warm sweater but I only wear it at home. If I'm REALLY cold. HA! I keep it anyway as it's my first "baby".

I just can't seem to get sweaters right. Their either too big or too small and I swear that I have the correct gauge. I keep to socks and other small projects and no one gets hurt. HA!

Jan in CA
10-06-2010, 12:40 PM
Wow! Everyone has had a couple of mistakes! I am going to take some of your guy's advice and maybe take a class on knitting socks and maybe fixing mistakes. ( They would probably help! :rofl: ) Thank you for your advice and memories!:yay:

Classes are a lot of fun as well as instructive. I'm taking a steeked sweater class now with a group of knitters from my LYS. It's so much fun! Since you're very young you might ask if they have a class for young people, too. :thumbsup:

hyperactive
10-08-2010, 04:16 AM
Classes are a lot of fun as well as instructive. I'm taking a steeked sweater class now with a group of knitters from my LYS. It's so much fun! Since you're very young you might ask if they have a class for young people, too. :thumbsup:

eeeek, steek! That is something I just have not gotten to. And do not know if I ever need to. But have fun learning!

My LYS does not have classes but at least get-togethers (weekday daytimes mostly). There are mostly older ladies (70 plus mostly, but younger ones in their end fifties so they are not all old). And a lot of the discussion I overhear are about basics and such.
I unfortunately do not have so much time at the moment but I am just waiting for the moment when I do... I am actually thinking of teaching a class on something. Knitting in general or maybe stranding or "making a toy" or something like this. Projects people want to make and can actually finish in due time to not loose the interest.
I would not even care much if I got paid, I guess. But I would take yarn gifts :) So as soon as I get the chance to fit it into my schedule I might offer it at the shop. Maybe a "getting started" weekend might be ok for them and me... I would be especially interested in teaching young knitters (beginners and or young people), and since I am only 34 that would probably make a nice "next generation" feeling happen.

ArtLady1981
10-08-2010, 02:53 PM
My most worst was not JUST ONE...they were my mosted worsteds!

Mostly...they were my worst because I didn't have the sizing right...and all 3 of them turned out to be SIZE TENT. As in Circus Tent!

One I gave away...some 39 years ago...it still haunts me...:eyes:...who knew about gauge? :shrug:
Another (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ArtLady/clasica-coat) is still in my sweater closet...destined for the frog pond eventually...yarn too nice to waste...
And the 3rd one (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ArtLady/109-3-jacket-in-alaska-with-cables-raglan-sleeves-and-hood) is FROGGED...what a disaster...but yarn is reknit into something else! (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ArtLady/yank)
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KnitterGirl12
10-09-2010, 02:58 PM
[QUOTE=hyperactive;1302081]I don't feel brave. It was just a funny quest through my knitting memories of the last time to get to the failures :)

Oh, there is this one baby shoe. I knit it by the instruction. Then I sewed it up. Now I think the magazine must have be directed to elfes or someone like that because literelly the shoe is 15 cm long or longer... I have tried so many ways to put that piece together. None worked out. Oh well. Either I am dumb or the pattern is wrong. And that one I gave up on. The one shoe kicks around in my yarns somewhere. The other never got made. End of that shoe. I made others and was happy. So there is something I gave up on.[QUOTE]

:fingerwag: I doubt that you are dumb! That seems very unlikely. It just doesn't want to work with you!

KnitterGirl12
10-09-2010, 04:20 PM
ArtLady1981,
Your sweaters look AWESOME!!!! I just wish, by the your discriptions about the wear, they were just as good-looking to wear as they aren't on!(pouting) I wish!SHOOT!!! shootshootshoot!!!:-x

hyperactive
10-10-2010, 06:44 AM
thanks. No, I do not really feel dumb. Just sometimes. But that does not ever drag me down for long.

Artlady truely does make awesome sweaters.

Don't start cursing and swearing. It truely does happen that one project goes terribly wrong or does look awesome and does not fit... but whatever. If you do not frog, you can grow into or give it away. Those are bad projects personally, but they do not kill you. And mostly you learn something.

ArtLady1981
10-10-2010, 03:49 PM
ArtLady1981,
Your sweaters look AWESOME!!!! I just wish, by the your discriptions about the wear, they were just as good-looking to wear as they aren't on!(pouting) I wish!SHOOT!!! shootshootshoot!!!:-x

This red tweed peacoat doesn't fit me YET!

But the main reason that I don't personally model my sweaters etc is because when I'm finished with a project, I'm so excited to get it photographed and uploaded...but not ready my mug to be photographed! Then when I'm okay to be photographed, the weather is too rainy, too hot, too windy...something. I can't seem to win. :)

Rorshach
10-11-2010, 12:43 AM
Hmm, I'd have to say that my worst project ever was my first afghan, as I forgot the weave the ends in. had knotted them up and cut off the tips. Needless to say, it unraveled in the wash.

AngelaR
10-11-2010, 07:58 AM
What's your worst project ever that you just gave up on because it was SUPER hard? Mine was well, socks, they turned out horrible and they kept unraveling so I turned it back into a ball of yarn. soo embarrassing!:hiding:

It was a Christmas stocking, a year ago, and it was hideous when I finished. It was my first time using DPNs and knitting in the round, and after coming back to knitting after a long hiatus, it was depressing. However, I was determined and started knitting socks for my daughters and did not quit until I had it right. In the past year I've knit more socks than most people do in a lifetime. I've found I love knitting in the round.

One that I gave up on? A sweater for my husband, but that was because the yarn was awful and it had been discontinued and I hadn't ordered enough for the whole project. Ugh, it's best we all forget that one.

mejs22
10-11-2010, 11:09 AM
Working on socks was awful? Well, try the magic loop method. I gave up making socks YEARS AGO, but 2 years ago someone taught me how to use the loop method and now I use that method on every single thing I do! (including thumbs on mittens!) You do this look method and I'll bet you knit sock until the cows come home! (Just make sure you knit them in knitting worsted, first, so you don't get bored right off!)

Shari (mejs22):woot: :woot: :woohoo:

mejs22
10-11-2010, 11:12 AM
Hmm, I'd have to say that my worst project ever was my first afghan, as I forgot the weave the ends in. had knotted them up and cut off the tips. Needless to say, it unraveled in the wash.

Jeez it's great to see a GUY knitting! And having to work for cats, too! GREAT to hear!!!!:woohoo:

mejs22

Rorshach
10-11-2010, 03:33 PM
LOL, thanks, it's great to be back.

KnitterGirl12
10-11-2010, 06:53 PM
It is soooo nice to know that some men have some courage to try knitting! :thumbsup: At first, I thought knitting was only for females, (I was 5 at the time!). Hopefully you could try knitting an afghan again! :yay:

N0obKnitter
10-11-2010, 07:11 PM
I would say my most ill-advised project to date is the garter stitch throw I decided to knit, to use up crappy acrylic yarn. It's still OTN though, I'm waffling choosing another crappy acrylic yarn for the next stripe on it.

Rorshach
10-11-2010, 10:31 PM
I've knitted a couple of afghans since then, but to say the least it was one big lesson for me.

tokmom
10-24-2010, 01:13 PM
Well, I'm thisclose to frogging a cable beret I'm making for my daughter. The yarn called for was a worsted weight on size 11 needles. It just didn't look right. So, I went to the yarn store and the lady advised me to try a chunky yarn. I love the color way, but I think it's hiding the cables. Plus, the yarn is really stiff and sort of bulky. I'm going to keep working it to see how it looks when done, but I'm having serious doubts.

tokmom
10-24-2010, 01:14 PM
I would say my most ill-advised project to date is the garter stitch throw I decided to knit, to use up crappy acrylic yarn. It's still OTN though, I'm waffling choosing another crappy acrylic yarn for the next stripe on it.

:rofl:

hyperactive
10-26-2010, 06:55 AM
I think it is really bad when bad projects steal good needles. That is just wrong. Put those puppies away - onto true waste yarn.
I have started to give yarn away to a girl at the office who wants to learn knitting but tries not to spend money on the thing since she does not make a lot of money here. She does machine washable baby things and loves the acrylic (guess some good yarn might spoil her forever). She gets left overs and acrylics from me these days and has moved on to cell phone socks so... all is good. She is happy, my stash is streamlined to the good stuff and everyone is happy. The offer to buy / give her some merino wool she turned down... too splitty for her (really wasn't). So: on that note:

I think it is really bad when bad projects steal good knitters. That is just wrong.

Daylilydayzed
10-27-2010, 10:30 AM
My wort thing I tried to make was a sweater for my oldest son. Even a small man size is too big for him . He has the body frame of a young teenager and weighs less than 100 pounds( has never been over 98 lbs his whole life). I used a microspun yarn and even went down to a XSmall size it was too big . I never finished it. I threw it away but kept the yarns I had not used. I will use them in something else.