Sometimes I get the perfect yarn for a project, and I have the best stitch pattern in mind for it, but they just do not play nice together. That’s what happened with this swatch. It’s not that it doesn’t look good. I love the way it looks. It’s that it was beyond unpleasant to knit this swatch. The double decrease the stitch pattern features, sl2tog-k1-psso, was not easy to work with this yarn at this gauge. It was fiddly and stitches kept sneaking off my needles. I didn’t even want to finish a properly sized swatch, which was a good clue that this probably isn’t the right stitch pattern for an entire project. Knitting should be fun, not obnoxiously difficult


  • Sl2tog, k1 – psso….it’s like another language! I’ve been knitting for about 3 years now and I reckon I’m not too shabby but looking at that I’m like “whaaa?” Then again I’ve recently started a pattern that has a series of k5tog, m1, m3 stitches. M1 is sweet, k5tog- sweet…. but m3?! I can’t even find decent info online on how to do this!

  • I am knitting a baby car seat cover that has that very stitch set. I’m using a 50/50 nylon/acrylic (Fantasy) yarn by Dark Horse Yarns. It’s an ok yarn but does has a tendency to split. The stitch set can be a bear until you “find your groove.” Youtube is a great resource for stitch patterns as is your local yarn store.

  • This has happened to me as well. Don’t even pause. Just RIP and move on to another yarn or another project or both. Life is too short for unpleasant knitting.

  • I think this is a common occurrence among knitters. I’ve had it happen with my latest project…I just have to accept that the union of yarn and stitch pattern was not going to happen.

    • Nah, I think I’m better off using a completely different stitch pattern. Changing the decrease would get rid of what I like about the look of this one.

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