I love Mosaic Moon yarn and decided to make my own cowl pattern with 2 skeins that I had, a worsted weight made up of pink tones. My pattern idea was to start with a shawl base using linen stitch, and then join in the round ending with a simple lace. I could see it in my head and it was going to be perfect.
Unfortunately the pattern in my head did not transfer over to the needles well. I decided against a gauge swatch (pfft! I decide to live dangerously and had used the MM yarns multiple times) and just kept trying it on as I went. It looked pretty good, a little looser on the neck than I wanted but still, it was going to work out.
Somewhere between casting off and blocking, my pretty cowl doubled in size. I have no idea what happened. Instead of a cowl that would keep my neck and lower face area warm, I have a cowl with a v-neck.
I have now put the cowl in time out. I figure I have three options:
1) hide it in a drawer and only pull it out every now and then and cry over my failure
2) cry as I unbind it and make something else, a pattern by someone else who knows what they are doing
3) stop looking at this project as a failure and as a learning experience: unbind and reknit it with my blocked gauge measurements from the first try.
I know I should do the third option but the other two are pretty tempting! I keep wondering if I have what it takes to make my own patterns, if it is a real goal or something lofty. Should I take the easier knitting road, with tons of patterns to choose from?
For now, I continue to tell myself, this project is not a failure but the first draft and it needs a little work.