Unplanned Design Elements

The “mistake” tag gets a fair bit of use on this little blog. As I tell fellow knitters — whether in a class or a friend or knitting group companion — the reason I’m able to fix a lot of knitting mistakes is that I’ve had an awful lot of practice.

Recognizing your mistakes and knowing how to correct or manage them is one of those things you need to do if you want to succeed — with knitting and pretty much everything else in life.

In the interest of destigmatizing knitting mistakes, I present my latest error, which revealed itself on the cuff of the second Vanilla Latte sock.

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Can you spot the mistake? I didn’t either.

Like many errors, it’s not immediately evident. Sometimes you have to take a step back and expand your perspective.

Cuff ribbing on Sock #1 was K2 P2. I dived into Sock #2 with a K1 P1 ribbing. Lovely but different.

Our reactions to errors differ, depending on the situation, context, our mood, the impact, who else is involved — lots of factors. I could rip out the ribbing and start over. Then I’d be able to make a matching pair of socks.

But I’m keeping it. And just like that, the mismatched ribbing has been transformed into a “design element,” a guide to distinguish the left from the right sock.

How did you handle your latest mistake?

One thought on “Unplanned Design Elements

  1. My usual tack is to ignore the mistake if I can, fake fix things (duplicate stitch over something, etc) when I can’t ignore it, or do the easiest fix possible when all else fails :)


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