W.I.P: If At First You Don’t Succeed …

” dust yourself off and try again, you should dust yourself off and try again, try again … uh, huh …” ~ Aaliyah

So, what had happened was …  this cushion did not look as big as it really is when I saw the pattern in my crochet book.  Honestly.  Cross my heart.

Enter into evidence — Exhibit 1:

Seriously,  tell me the truth … does it look huge to you?

Well, it really didn’t to me, so I  figured I could make it as a sofa cushion.  Womp, womp.

The pattern asked for bulky yarn, but I forgot how much bulky yarn grows.   So here I was, crocheting my little heart away, finished the first panel …. come to find out … BOOM …  the thing’s as big as my ottoman.  Errr … okay … 😳  Heck, this panel is as big as the front of my current sofa cushion.  And this is only panel one of four!!!!

Enter into evidence — Exhibit 2

Honestly, I don’t want a cushion that’s four times the size of my ottoman, I really don’t.  So I’m dusting myself off and trying again

I’m a little intimidated by the pattern I really want to try so I’m going to leave you with the yarn for it (not the pattern, in case I have to dust off again 😛 ) … worsted this time … not bulky.  These babies are some decent acrylic from Stylecraft.  They feel great, and should be perfect for my next attempt.  Oy vey!!!

I’m  joining Tami and the other ladies at WIP Wednesdays although my WIP is technically a no go now.  😛  Pop over there, you’ll be inspired.

18 thoughts on “W.I.P: If At First You Don’t Succeed …

  1. katili April 7, 2012 / 1:02 pm

    So if the picture in the book is a floor cushion… where do you get the plain cushion to put inside of the finished cover?! I’ve never seen one that big haha

    • Nicky April 7, 2012 / 7:59 pm

      I know right!!!! That’ll be a custom made one if anything. 😀

  2. hstuart3 April 6, 2012 / 5:13 pm

    It totally looks smaller in the photo! Totally stinks because I love the colors and the pattern. I hope you can make some of the ideas for floor cushions and blankets work, because those are some great ideas! I like the colors and soft texture of the yarn for the new project too. Looks like you have some work ahead of you!

    • Nicky April 7, 2012 / 8:11 pm

      I bummed around today but I got some designs done and I think I can make all the suggestions work.

      Yes … lots of work but it should be fun too!!!!

  3. hstuart3 April 6, 2012 / 5:10 pm

    What a bummer! It does look small in the photo! I love the colors and pattern though, so I love the ideas about a floor cushion or blanket. Such smart commenters! I love the colors and softness of the yarn for the other pillow too! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • Nicky April 7, 2012 / 8:10 pm

      I bummed around today but I’m starting tomorrow if all goes well. The new pattern isn’t new … it’s been done 100 times but I’ll be thrilled if I could do it too. 🙂

  4. autumngeisha April 4, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    Aw, that’s too bad, because the colors are so pretty. It would actually make a cool lap blanket with the added bonus of not having to make the back piece. I hope that the second attempt goes in your favor.
    I am still clueless when it comes to measuring gauge and size for crochet.

    • Nicky April 5, 2012 / 9:03 am

      Oooow Jack n Jill … that’s why I love the crafty yarn community, you all make me think bigger that what’s right in front of me. :heart:

      Because of the feedback, I’ve decided to make the cushion — smaller first, then floor sized after. With a new design (can one of y’all come draw my ideas for me? 🙂 ) for each.

      AG … now you got me ‘hooked’ on making a lap blanket version as well. ((Hugs))

      YOU ALL ROCK!!!

  5. Erin-Kate April 4, 2012 / 4:43 pm

    Awe, too bad! I hope it goes better next time!

    • Nicky April 4, 2012 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks Erin. I’ve already gotten some ideas for the sofa sized one I want to make. 🙂

  6. Opal @ Celebrate Life April 4, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    I think it looks great, but then again I’m a fan of humongous pillows… so I guess my opinion is wasted, lol.
    I do think it looks great, and I must stop looking at the luscious yarn, or I’ll be tempted to buy some more… which would be bad (if I did) since I’ve put myself on a yarn diet.

    • Nicky April 4, 2012 / 7:02 pm

      There … I fixed the comment for you 🙂

      And not at all, your opinion is not wasted! I think I might eventually try the giant sized one; I’m already getting some ideas for it. 🙂

      And as for the yarn diet, I lasted 2 months and 29 days before I caved and purchased some yarn for this pattern last Friday. I’m back on now though … 😉 The yarn mimics Noro but it was at a price I could afford. LOLOL!!!

  7. Michelle April 4, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    Hmmm… too bad you weren’t in the market for a floor cushion. 😀 Hopefully things go better the second time around.

    • Nicky April 4, 2012 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Michelle. 🙂 Now I’m reconsidering if I should do it in different colours and actually make the floor cushion.

    • Nicky April 4, 2012 / 9:26 am

      SCREAMING with laughter here in my office. Wooo boy … I’m in tears right now.

      Such an absolutely fitting vid response. 😀

      P.S. There is a sofa behind the cushion in the book … duh (in my Homer Simpson voice) … I guess my spatial capacities were 100% off when I attempted to convert the identical pattern to a sofa sized cushion. 😳

  8. Renee Anne April 4, 2012 / 8:03 am

    This is why I haven’t actually washed my first sweater yet…it’s done with bulky yarn and I’m scared of how much wider it’ll get (not longer, of course…it won’t grow where I want it to).

    I’m going to have to do it someday…

    • Nicky April 4, 2012 / 9:28 am

      You and I are right —><—. A person would expect that kind of exponential growth with wool or even a wool blend but with acrylic … something's wrong with the way I calculated the size of that pattern.

      Do you think you'll ever block that sweater? 😉

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