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Guys, I failed..

December 20, 2015

So a few days ago I decided I was going to take a break from knitting the scarf I’m doing, to try something different. I had a search around the internet and it seemed to me like baby socks was what most people recommended as a beginner’s type of thing.

Great, I thought. I headed off to Spotlight to pick up some different yarn and needles. Got home and started making a sock. Unfortunately I failed. It seemed like it was going OK, but I got stuck a few times and had to Google what certain terms meant and how to do a few types of knits.

Here is the final product.


For those of you who don’t knit, you might think ‘it doesn’t look all that bad’. But for those who do knit, I’m sure you’ll think otherwise!

The first thing that is wrong with it is the size. I thought I was using the right type of yarn for the instructions I had, but I must not have. There is no way that sock will fit a human baby. It’s tiny. Perhaps it could fit a doll.

The second thing that is wrong with it, is that I had no idea how to sew it together once I got to the toe part. I tried Googling this but it was impossible to find any instructions. It turns out most people who knit socks use four needles. That’s just too advanced for me to even start thinking about. I just ended up sewing it together really poorly! Oh well..

This won’t put me off though, but perhaps I’ll try to find some easier stuff for now (if there is anything easier than this). If I struggle, I might have to get someone to teach me in person. As great as the internet is, it doesn’t seem to work that well for me.

I think the main reason is because I use the continental way of knitting, while most content online is from American people who knit in a completely different way.


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  • MrsKirstyHoll

    Don’t feel disheartened! I abandoned my first sock attempt a lot earlier than this!! If you fancy some easy projects i found hats are a good one. There are patterns on one needle. 🙂 if you struggle to find one send me an email @ and i can send you the patterns i used 🙂

    December 20, 2015 at 10:23 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks for your comment! The old me would have felt really annoyed and probably would have given it up, but I’m determined to make something nice, haha!

      December 21, 2015 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Christina

    While I do not personally knit, I can relate to the comment you made about the Internet not working great for you. I have been trying to perfect the over-easy egg for my husband, and looked to Pinterest for answers yesterday. All I got was rubbery egg whites and overlooked yolk, lol. Looks like we’ll have to learn our desired skills the old fashioned way … either with a real-life person, or by trial & error. Good luck with your knitting. 🙂

    December 20, 2015 at 11:15 pm Reply
    • Christina

      Overcooked, not overlooked. ^

      December 20, 2015 at 11:16 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Nothing really beats getting taught by a real-life person I suppose! I just have to find someone that knows how to knit and is happy to pass their knowledge on. 🙂 Good luck with perfecting that egg!

      December 21, 2015 at 6:43 am Reply
      • Christina

        Thank you … Sorry, I know my egg disaster had nothing to do with knitting, but that’s what your post made me think of. I’m just not good with YouTube videos, I guess. My sister can learn almost anything online … but, even with school I need to be there in person. Good luck with knitting, and above all else have fun with it 🙂

        December 21, 2015 at 7:10 am Reply
        • The Swedish Kiwi

          Haha no worries, I know how difficult eggs can be sometimes! Still trying to figure out how to poach one properly!

          December 21, 2015 at 11:42 am Reply
          • Christina

            Ha! That’s what I plan to tackle next 🙂

            December 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm
          • The Swedish Kiwi

            Good luck! Haha!

            December 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm
          • Christina

            Thank you! I’ll need it 😉

            December 21, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  • Miriam

    I’m a non-knitter (well, a basic knitter) so I can’t give you much advice. You haven’t failed though, you gave it a try so good on you!

    December 20, 2015 at 11:43 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah, I guess I shouldn’t look at it as a failure. But you can’t help feeling a bit gutted when things don’t turn out as planned. I’ll keep trying though!

      December 21, 2015 at 6:45 am Reply
      • Miriam

        Of course, I understand. And as you said, keep trying.

        December 21, 2015 at 8:48 am Reply
  • anastasiamw

    Oh no! I’m sorry you struggled. I recently did tiny stocking ornaments that involved knitting flat (not something I’m used to with socks of any size). To hem them, you use mattress stitch ( If the multiple needles seem too much and if you’re interested in knitting in the round, check out circular needles and the magic loop method. Less needles to fiddle with!

    As for Continental, I hear ya. That’s how I knit too. I find it easiest to just watch the way the yarn moves. Completely ignore the hands. Best of luck, and keep trying! You’ll get this!

    December 21, 2015 at 12:18 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks for your comment! I did see some videos with circular needles but I sort of ignored them seeing as I only have regular needles. Might re-visit the idea in the future if I can’t figure out a better way of doing it. 🙂 it took me a while to figure out the yarn movement, but now I feel like I’ve sort of mastered the regular stitch and the purl at least.

      December 21, 2015 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Marsman

    Again Sophie, you need to communicate with a knitter to become better. Suggestion…send an email to my wife, Hayley. She can help. Her email is Just saying. And again love your post.

    December 21, 2015 at 2:04 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah it seems like getting advice from a knitter is the way to go. I have a feeling I’d learn better if I sat down with one though, rather than learning over the Internet. Will certainly keep your wife in mind though if I get stuck!

      December 21, 2015 at 6:51 am Reply
  • Kialtho

    I think for your first go it was a great turnout. Mistakes happen, but that’s part of the learning process. A lot of knitters don’t even try socks as they are intimidated by them. Trying a baby sock is a great way to start. Having the right tools and equipment help, but socks can be made flat and sewn up as well as on the double pointed needles, or even a long circular needle.

    December 21, 2015 at 3:07 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah, I think I was confused by the fact that mine turned out flat, because I wasn’t really expecting that, but I guess there is no way to round-knit a sock with basic single pointed needles. Perhaps if I feel motivated enough I’ll go buy different type of needles.

      December 21, 2015 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Catherine

    Um. I tried knitting once and couldn’t get the hang of it. You didn’t fail. You TRIED. Therefore trying is success. Keep at it and you will master!! XOXOXO!

    December 21, 2015 at 3:20 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks for the encouragement! I really appreciate it! 🙂

      December 21, 2015 at 6:54 am Reply
  • nexi

    That’s not all bad – turning a sock heel is notoriously tricky – I used to knit complex arans, etc etc – but increasingly found so many varieties of yarn now meant results were unreliable!

    December 21, 2015 at 5:14 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I never realised how much of a difference the type of yarn you use can make! I started out by buying really cheap stuff seeing as I’m practising at the moment, but I might have to purchase some better quality ones.

      December 21, 2015 at 6:55 am Reply
      • nexi

        All the best. btw – Saves a lot of hassle casting on a small tension square of any yarn first – especially with a big garment.

        December 21, 2015 at 7:56 am Reply

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