Friday, 20 June 2014

Going Camping In A Knitted Tent

Open front jacket seen from the back - nearly a blanket if you ask me...
What Should I Call This? A mistake? A tent? A new apartment? Or simply too big? 

Well, this started out to be knitted on too small needles. I did not get gauge and had to unravel. I mean, this is a yarn I would normally choose 2mm needles for.

I had to knit in 3.5mm. Man, that was way out of my comfort zone. And indeed, I have this panic of not getting my knitted garments large enough. That normally ends up in tents or worse. This is no exception.

First the positive thing about it: The color and the feel of the garment. Holst supersoft yarn is wonderful - I could live in it. It sure seems that I could spent a week inside this and still find new places to hide....

The pattern was a bit unclear here and there. But the size of this is all my fault. I knitted the largest one - because the sleeves are so tight on this.

Instead of knitting the sleeves bigger I ended up knitting the whole thing too big. I wanted an open front jacket for colder days to just put over tunics and so on.

But this ends up as a tent on the back and the front is hanging on the sides. Looking at other projects on Ravelry - this seems to be the thing about it.

Open front is really the front on the sides and the back standing out like a tent.

It took some time to knit it as well. It was kind of boring. The designer had photos of a red jacket with a lot of pattern.

She simply forgot to mention that the pattern is for another garment - the gray one I did not look at.

Ending up with a jacket with less pattern on it. Very annoying.

Anyway - this weighs only 300 grams. A good thing to take on vacation or to places that turns out cold.

Would I use this? I will try - go camping inside... LOL!!

I will look for another thing like this one - only with a better pattern and a better fit.

It does not fit well on the shoulders and the short row shaping for the neck made it even worse. I think this garment will qualify as failure of the year...

But the good thing about the failures are that those are the things I learn from. If I had never made any mistakes I would not have learned so much. Or something like that.

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstanses
The real mistake is to stop trying
B.F. Skinner

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Holst supersoft
Needle: 3.5mm
Pattern: Huldan Takki
My Ravelry Page: Out In The Open
Seems like I need to grow my shoulders wider...

12 comments:

  1. The color is beautiful and it is great that it is so lightweight! Too bad the fit is not what you hoped for. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie - I really love that color :-) Wish you the best weekend!!

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  2. Kunne du ikke prøve at give den en kontrolleret tur i tørretumbleren, så den skrumper lidt. Så får du måske også det lidt tættere strik, du godt kan lide. Fed farve!
    God weekend til dig:)
    Knus Dorte

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    1. Tak Dorte - jeg ved ikke helt om det vil passe med en stivere jakke. Den vil måske se lidt mærkelig ud... Ikke så let at vide - har ikke filtet noget med Holst før... God weekend til dig også i smukke København :-)

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  3. Hei Lone
    Så dumt at den le sånn, etter alt arbeidet.
    MEN den ser litt spennende ut alikevel, så jeg håper du vil bruke den.
    Jeg tenkte med en gang, at hvis man kneppet den litt asymetrisk med en stor, tøff nål, og surret et av sjalene dine rundt halsen, så blir den litt stilig!!!
    Og med det siste bildet ditt, så kan du gjøre det samme på denne måten også.

    Min røde Faerytalejakke er litt slik, den også, men jeg bare bruker den, og får mye skryt, så den er alikevel ikke så håpløs som jeg først trodde.

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    1. Tusen takk Sylvia - ja veldig!!! Men den er jo god å ha på selv om den ser rar ut!!! Har tenkt på det med nål og skal prøve det. Den er god å ha på så jeg skal forhåpentligvis få brukt den. Fargen på plagg er det viktigste - om den kler oss så er det det som gjør at det fenger. Får satse på det :-)

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    1. Ja, mangler bare teltstenger... Kjipt, men tror jeg skal bruke den. Vurderer veldig å strikke en ny og mindre :-)

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  5. Go camping inside! LOL! Don't grow your shoulders too wide! LOL!
    I'm sorry it didn't work out! I do love the colour ;o)
    Big Hugs and have a great weekend ;o)

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    1. LOL!! I know, the color is great Stacy. Think I will use it :-)

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  6. Så utrolig ergerlig å bruke så mye tid på noe som ikke passer. Uavhengig av om garnet var godt å strikke med eller ikke. Ser jo at den ikke sitter bra over skuldrene dine, ellers ville jeg ha foreslått å bruke et belte på jakken? Men fargen er nydelig. Og kanskje kan du gjøre som Sylvia sier å feste den med en nål?

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    1. Ja, ikke sant Helle!!! Lurt med belte - det skal jeg prøve. Har også noen nåler som kan passe.

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