Monday, February 8, 2016

Is this yarn cursed?


I finished the back of my Custom Fit sweater using the green Lark yarn that is already on its second incarnation. I soaked it, rolled it in a towel, and put it on my blocking board. Here is it pinned out to its proper dimensions.

There is a LOT of extra fabric here. Mind you, I’m used to some extra fabric when the piece is wet. I just smooth and smooth until it’s right. But this is TOO MUCH and it never smoothed out.IMG_9855

The photo above was taken after I had been measuring, pinning, and (mostly) smoothing for FORTY MINUTES. It looks better than the original shot, but there is still a lot of wrinkly web fabric there.

I gave up when it got to this point:IMG_9856

You can see that the sweater is pushing out against the pins (especially on the bottom edge) and is just too big. It seemed to tighten up a wee bit as it dried – here’s what it looked like when I took it off the board:IMG_9858

And all that smoothing wasn’t very good for the yarn – I kept getting little bits of fluff like this:IMG_9857

HMMMMM. I guess that my actual knitting is looser than the swatch was. I’m so frustrated by this yarn and frankly, I haven’t had a super rosy relationship with the Custom Fit software, either. My current plan is just to power through this sweater. And if it doesn’t fit, I’ll give it away. I can’t do this again!!!


  1. I had to do a bit of make-it-fit negative blocking on the sweater I finished yesterday, too -- although nothing like this! I'm intrigued by the idea of a yarn curse. I'm thinking that there must have been a volume in the series entitled "Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Haunted Skein!

  2. Oh NOOOOOO! I recommend you sit down, meditate a bit, and, when you are fully calm try to figure out what happened. Do the actual number of stitches per inch conform to the gauge? Is the yarn "stretchy" enough to account for the size deviation? Is the custom fit pattern just WRONG? Before you "plow through" you should really try to figure out what happened. Because this happened with this yarn before (it did, right?) that seems the likely culprit.


  3. Holy s**t! I can hardly believe it was even possible to smooth enough to go from photo #1 to photo #4. Someone may get a nice sweater out of this cursed yarn; I hope it's you!

  4. I agree with Bonny - how is that even possible?

    What was the issue with custom fit?

    I would say, the third times the charm, but that is just too painful to even think about!