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Really Hideous Knitting
Mixed Yarns, Messy Scarf
A Comedy of Errors
The hand knit scarf at the right started out as a noble, environmentally-conscious effort to use up small amounts of yarn that would otherwise go to waste. Thus, I created a "green" mess that will never be worn unless somebody I know throws an "ugly scarf" party. It looks like somebody dyed a bunch of tribbles (Star Trek reference) and sewed them together.
Next time you go past a bargain bin in the yarn department of a craft store, think of this scarf. Just because something is inexpensive does not mean it's a bargain. Ugly yarn makes ugly projects.
Hand Knit Anything and Everything? No.
Some things simply should not be knit. Yes, a good technical knitter can knit anything, in theory. That does not mean that everything that can be knit should be knit. For example, a master knitter could knit a man's suit. No man with any dignity would ever wear it, but it could be made.
Those of us of a certain age (I'm over 50) can also remember a time when some great aunts crocheted all sorts of odd things. I remember one aunt had crocheted covers for her extra rolls of toilet paper. Why? Does toilet paper need a sweater to keep it warm? Is a fresh roll of toilet paper so unsightly it needs a cover? I just don't understand!
Bad Knitting Links (Links are Fine, Knitting is Bad!)
- Ravelry: Ugly Duckling Socks pattern by Karin Aida
These are actually a decent-looking way to use up ugly yarn remnants.
- Why Would You Knit That?!
You won't believe some of the things people knit!
- Fuzzknot's Bad Knitting
Yes, an entire blog devoted to bad knitting!
- Ugly Knitted Stuff on Pinterest | 62 Pins
Pins about Ugly Knitted Stuff hand-picked by Pinner Michelle Barter | See more about knits, hot pants and knitting.
Bad Knitting Should be Frogged (Rip-It, Rip-It)
Mistakes Can be Corrected
The best way to deal with a serious knitting faux pas is to rip it back to the place where it went wrong, then knit that yarn into something better. Do the world a favor and turn that ugly sweater into wonderfully warm hats for the homeless or a beautiful sweater instead. Time is too precious to waste knitting ugly things! Space is too valuable to be used storing ugly things.