Our Scariest Knitting Moments

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to your knitting? Most knitters have those scary stories—you know, the ones about project catastrophes that inspire fear in all who hear them. The ones about the dog that ate their WIP or the steeking that went horribly wrong or the unfortunate encounter with DPNs. In honor of Halloween, we’re sharing some of our scariest knitting moments with you. Read on and learn from our mistakes!

Hayley DeBerard, Interweave Books Editorial Coordinator

The scariest knitting moment I know of wasn’t actually mine, but that of my good friend Hillary. We had just had ladies knit night at our favorite brewery, where she had started on a hat for her boyfriend, Kevin. After making some fairly decent progress on the hat, Hillary left it on the coffee table at home. It wasn’t until Kevin decided to do some light vacuuming that the long string of working yarn hanging onto the floor was noticed. Needless to say, the project met a fairly sucky and abrupt end in after being tangled up inside the vacuum!

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Kerry Bogert, Interweave Books Editorial Director

There is nothing scarier for me when knitting than discovering I’ve mis-crossed cables several rows back. The 2/2LC that should have been 2/2RC will pulse like a beacon, riling up my OCD traits until it is fixed. That said, when ripping back a column of cables, it’s often difficult for me to identify the exact row the cable twist happened. So I avoid it like the plague. I find I rip back too many rows and fix the cable one row too early or too late if try to redo it correctly. Sometimes I think it would be easier just to frog and reknit the entire project than to fix one cable.

Allison Korleski, Video Producer

Riding the commuter train between NYC and NJ is an excellent opportunity for knitting. It’s also an excellent opportunity for homebound drunks to sit next to you and ask you about your knitting. While spitting tobacco in a cup. The train lurched left, Mr. Copenhagen lurched right, and his spit-cup ended up cleaving to my half-knit scarf in the most unholy marriage of all times.

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Andrea Lotz, Social Media Manager, Yarn & Fiber

My most terrifying moment came right at the end of my Bandelier Socks. I was tucking in and trimming my ends, perhaps slightly more intoxicated than was wise, and I accidentally cut fabric! The horror! Luckily, it was just one thread and I was able to repair the mistake with lots and lots of reinforcing duplicate stitch. You can bet I won’t make that mistake again, though!

Anne Merrow, Group Editorial Director, Yarn & Fiber

Early in my knitting, I had a pattern customized for me by my LYS—a basic pattern in which numbers were filled in according to my gauge swatch. It was a simple boatneck top, reversible from back to front. I finished the front and was halfway through the back when I lost the pattern. There was no PDF to reprint or magazine to reorder. So I plowed ahead, matching the back to the front, and when it came to the sleeves, I researched everything I could find about sleeve design. I even broke out the basic calculus to figure out the sleeve cap (back when I remembered how to derive!). I finished the first sleeve and went to knit the second one . . . but first I put the sweater down for six months, and when I came back to it I’d lost my scribbled notes, too. I persevered, read my knitting, and wound up with a top that I wore for years—but I’ll never forget my knitter’s version of the old nightmare about being unprepared.

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Joni Coniglio, Knitting Senior Project Editor

I’ve never had a scary moment when knitting. I have had challenging moments, and perplexing moments, and frustrating moments. I’ve even gotten angry at my knitting. But I’ve never been afraid of it. What is there to fear? Failure? When you think about it, to fail is to stop trying too soon. The key is to persevere and to accept the inevitability of making mistakes. The nice thing is that most knitting mistakes are fixable.

What’s your scariest knitting moment?
—The Interweave Yarn & Fiber Team


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