When good crafts go wrong
We’ve all had them: projects that just don’t turn out the way they’re supposed to. Sometimes that can be a good thing, like when something turns out better than you expected.
And then there’s this:
It’s so big that it practically fell off when I tried it on. I nearly cried. All of that crocheting (and several skeins of expensive mohair blend yarn!) for what? The bottom of the sleeves were down by my knees – which may have had to do with the fact that the opening for the collar fell over both shoulders. (The photo shows it inside out. Thankfully I didn’t weave all the ends in – that might make disassembling it a little easier.)
I did everything right. I checked the gauge. Twice. Crocheted the pattern exactly as written. Carefully assembled it precisely as directed. Front. Back. Then sleeves. The first time I saw the sleeves next to the body I thought something was wrong, but I trusted the pattern.
It still turned out over-sized and out of proportion.
This would-be sweater is composed of floral motif squares in two sizes — one being 7.5″ square, the other slightly larger. The pattern doesn’t mention an exact size for the larger squares (which are used for the sleeves), but they weren’t much larger than the smaller squares. I blocked the main squares to the exact size. So what went wrong?
I’m still not sure. But if I can separate the squares I think the sweater might be spared. Mohair likes to cling to itself, so disassembling the monstrosity might be a challenge. If I am able to free the individual blocks I should be able to re-assemble it as a smaller size. Who knows, I might have enough blocks left for a second sweater. Maybe a third.
Have you ever had a good project that somehow went utterly wrong? Were you able to salvage it? Did you turn it into something different? Or did you scrap the whole thing?
What have you leaned from some of your crafting mistakes?
Posted on March 15, 2012, in crochet, failures, gauge, mistakes, motifs, Projects, re-do and tagged crochet, design flaws, disappointing projects, fixing mistakes, motifs, National Craft Month, National Crochet Month, re-dos. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.