Sunday, October 01, 2006

The worst sweater ever

I haven't been knitting. Instead, I've just been trying to get by day to day. I get to work around 8:00 am, and post my lecture notes for the next day around 11:00 pm. That doesn't leave a lot of time for knitting (or anything else). So I thought I might amuse you with a past knitting mishap.

When I was answering Grunperina's meme, I mentioned the first sweater I ever made. For those of you who may not realize how bad that sweater could have been, here's a picture. Keep in mind that it was the early 90's.

1. I started this sweater in 1990. I was 13 years old at the time, and not an experienced knitter.
2. The sweater was from a leaflet of fashion patterns. I am not (and was certainly not then) interested in fashion patterns.
3. I knit it from 100% acrylic yarn that consisted of 4 plies that were untwisted. One of those plies was a white boucle, the other three each consisted of one strand of white and one strand of black twisted together. This is BAD YARN. In fact, there is NOTHING good about it. This yarn was especially bad for an inexperienced knitter.
4. I altered the pattern. It was meant to be knit in garter stitch from one cuff to the other, but I knit it in stockinette instead. I thought it would end up looking better.
5. I knit the wrong size of the pattern or knit to the wrong gauge, and then tried to fix the problem after it was knit by adding in side panels. While this allowed me to get the thing on, it also made it too wide. This sweater is HUGE, but the sleeves are a very odd length.

This sweater has never been worn. There is a reason why the picture shows it on the floor rather than on me. It currently lives at my parents' house.


At 10:35 PM, Blogger June said...

Too funny! But why do you let anyone keep it?

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous grumperina said...

Thanks for sharing! It's a pretty funny looking sweater, and your description is hilarious!

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

Truely humbling. Thanks for showing us!

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Reese said...

I'm surprised it hasn't been recycled into something else (even if the yarn is icky). Hmm... I haven't made my first sweater yet and now I'm getting very nervous...

At 1:28 PM, Blogger alltangledup said...

I see that you were creative enough to try to fix the problem with side panels so even at 13 you showed the resourcefulness that many adult knitters do not.


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