I don’t usually show you my “in progress” designs. Usually, that’s because either: 1. I’m under contract to keep them under wraps. Or 2. I’m so excited with how the pattern is turning out that I want to keep it a surprise and unveil it when it’s all shiny and finished.
Which means that you guys only ever see it when projects are finished and I’m happy with them. (To be fair, most projects that I’m unhappy with never even get finished. I usually bail halfway through and rip out the yarn to use in some other project.)
But this time you guys get to see a pattern from the Island of Misfit Sweaters!
I was so excited about this design- I was even excited enough that I decided to go ahead and knit it up and write up a pattern, even though my original design wasn’t picked up by publishers. I was sure I knew better! It was so cute in my mind! It was an interesting knit! It was small enough that it wouldn’t take much time!
Well, maybe I was in a haze of baby-brain/sleep-deprivation when I decided to go on with writing the pattern, but man was I wrong.
This pattern was doomed from the outset.
- The colors I picked were not good- two shades of green and a weird yellow-brown? What was I thinking? Was this 1972?
- The design that I thought was so clever was actually just overly complicated and a pain in the neck. (Why make a sweater the time-tested, easy, simple way I’m familiar with, when I can break out the provisional cast-ons, short rows, and three-needle bind-offs?)
- I had intended the sweater to fit my kid (he’s already grown out of all the sweaters I made him before he was born- he’s a Robust German Baby). I did the math wonky, and I think this sweater will fit him when he’s about 4 years old. Look how long it is! And those sleeves!!!
- And, speaking of math, all that math I did to write this pattern… I lost it somewhere along the way. Maybe I did the math in a fever dream… Maybe I got some sort of virus that only deletes bad patterns… Maybe I just forgot to save. We’ll never know.
So, in summary. Here’s a picture of the sweater that is not to be. You won’t be seeing a pattern for this bad boy. You might see my kid wearing it in a few years, or you might see me unravel it and knit it into something else (but probably not). It was a good idea, but some ideas aren’t really meant for this world. Sigh…
Have you ever had a great idea that ended up going really, really sideways? What happened?