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Kestrel
« on: November 02, 2008 08:52:17 AM »

Hi there

I was wondering what's the most disappointing experience people have had with knitting? Have you finished an item to discover it really wasn't what you expected?

I have just knitted  a beautiful pattern for a beret with some lovely and expensive wool, only to find out it knitted up so small it looked really stupid.


As I knew I would never wear it I decided to rip the whole thing out as at least then I could use the wool again but I was so disappointed to have to do it!

The finished item looked so good, apart from the super-small size (and I have a small head!) and I don't have any younger friends or relatives who I could have passed it on to. *Sigh*
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008 10:40:11 AM »

Good topic.  I always worry about things coming out too small because I have no one smaller to gift them to either.

Rogue from the Girl From Auntie.  It's a beautiful sweater and the cabled hood is amazing.  It was my first sweater (...and only completed one thus far), took me ages, I used the prettiest yarn which I overpaid for and had to get at the super snobby crochet hating yarn store, I was meticulous about gauge, seaming, and doing the proper increases/decreases instead of the easiest ones...and it doesn't fit well and it's really uncomfortable.  I know I'm long-waisted, so I added 3 inches like I normally do with clothes, but it still came out too short and the sleeves are too short, even though I have shortish arms.  It's okay warmth-wise, but it's kinda difficult to move my arms, especially over my head.  It's plenty soft and flexible, is just pulls weird around the shoulders and throat.

Reblocking it would probably help, but I do not feel like messing with it, lest it get worse.
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angeltreats
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2008 12:40:27 PM »

What a shame, it was so pretty Sad

I knitted a sweater for my husband (then boyfriend), but it was a present so I couldn't measure him.  Turns out my husband has abnormally long arms.  I followed the pattern and hoped for the best, but the sleeves finish halfway between his elbows and wrists.  I've been meaning to lengthen those sleeves for almost two years but just can't be bothered as it's all boring stockinette stitch.

Funny thing is, the sleeves are the perfect length for me  Grin
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cynalune
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008 12:34:11 AM »

Mine is the Sunflower Tam in Knitting Nature by Nora gaughan. Came out beautifully but too small.

There is simply Marilyn by Debby bliss in Interweave, too. I had a hard time finding a superchunky substitution yarn and the one I found was very stiff, so I don't wear the garment.
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