A few days ago I thought I would have a break from my current work in progress projects and do a small side project, as I really wanted to start trying my beautiful yarn I got from Vegan Yarn Store.
I thought I had chosen the perfect pattern, I bought it a while ago and was just waiting for the right yarn. When I got some Debbie Bliss Eco Baby and Eco Baby Prints yarn in my lovely box of samples from Kelly at Vegan Yarn Store I thought this pattern would be perfect for these yarns. So I had the yarn and the pattern and I thought I’d give it a try.
I never expected for the project to fail and for me to walk away completely from it. In all the time I have been crocheting I have never done this. Yes I have sometimes had some problems and had to frog it (this means stop it and leave it because is a disaster) but I have always gone back and been successful when I tried again. This is the very first one I have walked away completely from and I can’t see myself trying it again.
I thought I would blog about it to show that not all patterns go well, I hope that it’s just me and that others have more success with this pattern but for me it was a failure and one I am walking away from. I am walking away because of all the problems I have had with this pattern, it’s not worth wasting any more of my time and energy as well as my beautiful yarn!
Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry so you can see what I am referring too. The pattern is called Crocheted Fingerless Gloves by Sofie Kay (known as Sewfie). She was using sport/baby yarn (5 ply) and was also using a yarn by Debbie Bliss. It’s why I knew my yarn would be a perfect match and I thought the two I had would work so well together so I was excited to start on this pattern, I never imaged it would fail.
Where do I start? Well first I started with the band as the pattern suggests, I used the same weight of yarn and the same hook. She mentioned that the chain should fit around your wrist at a certain amount of chains and mine did so I assumed it was fine. I ended up doing the band several times because the stitch count wasn’t adding it, at least I thought so. This pattern does not include what the stitch count is at the end of each row, which I must say would have been so helpful if it had. It also wasn’t as clear as I felt it could have been, for example it wasn’t very clear (at least to me) where your first stitch should be. In the end I had a successful band, although on the last row I ended up doing one decrease at the end to have what I assume was the correct stitch count.
After that I started on the rows which make the main part of the glove, I only did 2 or 3 rows and I thought I better test this to make sure it fit. Well it didn’t, it wouldn’t go over the widest part of my hand. I was annoyed as I checked the starting chain fit around my wrist like the pattern said but it obviously doesn’t allow for it to go over the widest part of your hand to get it on. At this point I was a little annoyed as it had taken me way longer to get the band sorted that another pattern would but I thought let’s try again, as in the pattern she said if it didn’t fit to go up a hook size and even yarn. I didn’t feel the need to change the yarn and I really didn’t want too so I just did the hook size.
So I started again, this time I used a 4mm hook. As per the pattern I made sure the starting chain fit around my wrist at the right stage. I even tried to bare in mind the last problem I had with fitting it over the widest part of my hand so I made sure when I did the starting chain I wasn’t too tight. Just like last time I ended up taking way longer than usual to get the band correct, I really feel the pattern does need to be clearer at this stage. Even a stitch count at the end of each row would let you know if you had put your stitches in the right places. So finally I got the bigger band done. I even tried it on over my hand when I had attached the band like the pattern said and it looked hopeful that it would fit. So I carried onto the next stage of doing the main part thinking finally I can get down to enjoying this now and having a nice glove at the end of it.
How wrong could I be?? I had problems with the pattern again, not always feeling it was that clear and not having a stitch count at the end of the rows didn’t help. However I did manage to follow it and felt I was going pretty well. I had done quite a few rows and had started on the rows above the thumb area. I thought let’s try it on to see how its going, as it was looking nice apart from the end I needed to sew in. I couldn’t believe it….it didn’t fit!!!
Well I could just get it onto my hand but the main glove part was too tight. I am not sure if you can tell from the photos but it was tight and you could see the stitches being pulled. Also the area were the thumb hole is was so tight. Obviously I was not happy as by this point I had spent two evenings on these and I’d say quite a few hours, at a guess I’d say at least 4 to 6 hours. That is a lot of time and energy for such little progress!
So by this point I was like enough is enough, I have wasted so much time on this pattern and for it still not to fit now was ridiculous. I would like to add that all other patterns for wrist warmers have fit just fine and I have never had so many problems. I wouldn’t consider myself to have huge hands, in fact every time I have bought watches I have had to get a smaller wrist strap or get them adjusted. I really was feeling fed up and upset that I had wasted such beautiful yarn as well as valuable time and energy. It’s the very first time I have decided to walk away from a pattern completely 🙁 and I am sad that it didn’t work out.
Here is a photo collage of where I got to at the end before deciding to stop because of the problems I was having. I have included photos of me trying it on my hand and it off my hand. It’s a shame because it was actually looking quite nice, I thought both yarns were looking lovely together. Oh well its time to move on and accept that sadly this pattern just didn’t work out for me.
Thank you for listening and I hope this might help some, maybe you’re having problems with the same pattern? or maybe your thinking about doing it, if so I hope what I have said about trying to make them helps you in some way.
Here is a link to my project on Ravelry if you would like to see it.