Thursday, November 06, 2008

I screwed up a sweater

OK, I bought expensive half cashmere yarn.  I spent months learning the open work stitches.  I measured, I tried on...so why does my new knitted cardigan look like CRAP AND NOT FIT AT ALL? At this point, I hate everything about it, even the dark green color I had loved at first sight.

Someone, please tell me that this happens to you...

Time for me to make another pair of fingerless gloves.  At least I know those will look good...

Caroline

11 Comments:

Blogger Kitten With a Whiplash said...

You are definitely not alone. I've knit and crochedted sweaters that fit like spandex bike shorts (something you'll never see me in!). Once I made a sweater that I really liked, but it was way too snug. After all that work I felt I had to wear it at least once, so I went out to my facvorite disco (that dates the stor, doesn't it?). I got more thatn a few unpleasant looks, but then one brave guy came over and complimented it. So I gave it to him. I tortuously peeled it off and watched this skinny dude slide right into it. He was a quite shocked and very grateful. Keep the faith, the next one will be a knockout!

3:26 PM  
Blogger georg said...

I do socks without turning a hair.

But sweaters? I haven't done one. I guess they do intimidate me. That's an awful lot of knitting.

I have to start somehow soon- I have ideas for designs and they want Out. I've promised to design a scarf, as a good place to start.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh, that makes me feel so much better! I am going to give it to the thrift store. Someone will at least be warm!

5:16 PM  
Blogger kozmic said...

Oh you most definitely are not alone.
I knitted a gorgeous dark green Aran sweater in a merino/silk blend. It had saddle shoulders and a cabled collar knitted sideways then icorded to the neckline.
The moment I tried it on tears welt up in my eyes - I looked like a huge Christmas Tree!
The family took a vote and they decided it was a Douglas Fir tree though I tended to lean towards a spruce.

*sigh*

5:34 PM  
Blogger Redford Phyl said...

My scoop necklines always scoop way too low and wide. I'm becoming a master at adding to them with crochet. Someday, we'll all master this thing.

5:35 PM  
Blogger kshotz said...

OMGosh....you are SOOO not alone. I just did one with alpaca/cashmere and, although I don't "hate" it...I probably won't wear it out of the house. Read about it here (and see a picture):

http://kshotz.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-sweater.html

Kim

6:07 PM  
Blogger LizKnits said...

It so happens to all of us! Just put it aside and try, try again. Next one will be the charm right?
=]

7:58 PM  
Blogger LisaB said...

Of course you are not alone. I just wish I had more skill, then some money so I could buy yarn that is so worth it. At least with the cheap stuff I don't mind so much. Right now, knitting a sweater from Knitty called Hey Teach! Have ripped out the lace work like 4 times. Its cheap yarn I have had stashed for like 10+ years. Now I am starting to prowl thrift stores for nice yarn. Socks scare me.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh this makes me feel so much better! I think it comes from having a sister-in-law who can make perfect gloves, sweaters, sweater COATS and DRESSES in two weeks time. Thank you all. Now I can give the *&^%$ thing to the thrift store and someone will at least be warm.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Caroline, that's why I gave up knitting sweaters (although I'm eyeing a top-down pattern my daughter admired). I can never make them fit right. To do all that knitting and then hate the finished product is just too demoralizing for me. If I had done it in half-cashmere I would break down and weep. My sympathies!

Kim, I checked out your blue sweater on your blog and it looks absolutely gorgeous! I can't believe it could possibly look that bad on you. Everything about it is stunning. Maybe you could sell it for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

3:58 PM  
Blogger spider said...

I'm about half-way through with one right now that I just "know" isn't going to fit right. It just makes me want to cry. I've got another sweater I want to make, but ONLY EVER will I do a sweater again when I can make them in one piece from the top down and try them on as I go.

4:46 PM  

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