Try, Try Again

As much as I’d like to share a post about a successful project that’s DONE (on the heels of my failed attempt to salvage an old project), here’s another cautionary tale. This time, it’s about the importance of counting your stitches when working crochet in the round… even when your pattern doesn’t provide a stitch/chain space count for a particular round. Especially when the pattern doesn’t provide a count. Do the math. Count the stitches.

If you zone out during a simultaneous Netflix/crochet session (ahem), you’ll make a rookie-level mistake that costs you hours and hours of effort. See that out-of-focus loop in the center of this (terribly blurry, so sorry) snapshot? Yep, that’s one skipped stitch that completely wrecked the tension and counts on every subsequent round.

Skipped Crochet Stitch

Which means all of the off-white stitches in the photo below have now been frogged – a process that took twenty minutes in itself. It’s times like these that it’s important to remember that the process, not the finished product, is what I really enjoy. 🙂 So help me feel better about this – what frustrating crochet/knitting mistakes have you made?

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4 thoughts on “Try, Try Again

  1. I cheerfully knit myself an entire chenille sweater knowing the whole time it was waaaaay too big. I could’ve fit two of myself in the finished item, but to add insult to injury, it was still short enough to display my belly button. Talk about a rookie mistake!

  2. I hate finding silly mistakes after a long movie/crochet session. It’s so humiliating when the frogging takes longer than a few minutes..

    But I love your project! Is the purple thread KnitPicks Curio?

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! Sometimes I even try to just “live with” the mistake and continue, but it irritates me later and I end up having to frog even more. Oh well, I’ll learn eventually. 🙂

      And yes, it is Curio in Ice Lily. Love that stuff.

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