Let me reassure you, there are no mistakes in knitting, only creativity. Yes, you heard that right! There are no mistakes in knitting. Many of the techniques in knitting were developed through an unintended consequence. Maybe your unintended consequence will be the next big trend in knitting. Did you rip it out?
As a small child, my first project was an eight stitch wide doll scarf. My second project?.....a doll sweater. Why because nobody told me I couldn't do it. I'm not talking about the sort of pattern your mother hunts through books to find a suitably simple pattern. I'm talking about the one's that come from your heart and you figure it out as go. It was a white boat neck pullover with a garder stitch edging, stockinette stitch body and a green stripe at chest level. From that sweater I learned that most sweaters are basically 4 rectangles, how to change colors, how to purl and change stitches. I learned that people expect children to knit scarves and are shocked to see a sweater no matter how small. I learned that what was in my heart could be represented by what they yarn could become.
Over the years, I have had many instances where the item I started out knitting morphed into something totally different in the end. There was the toddler sweater that can out twice as wide as high. Mom's don't have time to rip and re- knit so use your creativity and figure out how it can become what you intend. Solution? I hand stitched vertical pintucks across the sweater to take up width and created a design impact. The sweater was better than it would have been without its unintended consequence. There are no mistakes, only creativity. When I was learning the art of cabling, I began with a sweater pattern I liked but by the time I was halfway up, I was bored. I redesigned the top, sleeves, and neck of the sweater. With the design changes there was a spot on the front where I couldn't make the curve of the mini cable blend into the sleeve the way I wanted. The Solution was to create the short curve of the mini cable with a made-up top stitched mini cable. It turned out to be one of my most favorite sweaters. I wore it until it literally unraveled in the washing machine more than a decade later. Mistake? There are no mistakes, only creativity. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what about those pesky holes that surreptitiously appear. On hats or sweaters, I have used those occasions to cover the hole with a ribbon flower or butterfly. It's not a failure to deviate from someone else's pattern. Be brave and make it your own. I'm not afraid of doing something unexpected. I have learned so many more techniques working my way out of unintended consequences than I would have had I stuck to the plan. There are so innumerable ways to redesign completed garments. What would you do if you weren't afraid of making a mistake?