Ever Had a Crochet Ugh?By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments
I’m here to tell you it is okay. Good crocheters sometimes make ugly things! I’m not talking about things that are so ugly they’re cute. Because as creative people, that would be something we would have meant to do. I’m also not talking about “ugly pretty,” which is a term most often used on America’s Next Top Model. The way it would translate into crochet might be the captivating effect of when you bring two garish yarn colors together and they look so interesting together that you love the outcome. But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about crochet ughs!
A crochet ugh is when you’re making something and it just goes horribly wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’ve made it with a pattern or not. Even the most expensive yarns can bring the ugh. No matter what, the outcome is nothing like what you had imagined in your head. What’s more? It is nothing you’d wish upon your worst enemy. It’s just seriously ugly!
I made my very first crochet ugh while experimenting with different yarns. I was very new to the craft and extremely enchanted with novelty yarns. Does that sound familiar to you? Well, I knew how to crochet but I did not yet know how to read a pattern. So I would just kind of freeform it until I figured out how to make something. This resulted in some cute hearts and motifs. It also resulted in some crochet ughs. Just imagine a misshapen, fuzzy, turquoise rectangle surrounded by a fluffy yellow trim baring more than a passing resemblance to Big Bird’s feathers! I was disgusted and immediately posted it as an “ugh” on Ravelry. I have since removed the pic and destroyed the thing. Whatever it was.
For me, this crochet ugh is better left in the past, but projects like that do happen. And that’s okay! It can only help you grow as a crafter. If, no WHEN you experience a crochet ugh, just move along, dust off your hook, and try again!
So what about you? Have you made a crochet ugh that you’d like to tell us about? I’d love to hear your story. Please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!