What would you do?

Okay, so I’m test knitting a shawl. I like the shawl; it’s a pretty pattern and it looks very nice in the yarn I chose.



BUT. I ran out of yarn. I still have two and a half repeats of the lace pattern and I’m down to 4 grams of yarn, just enough for the bind off. I thought about binding off early, so I put the stitches on waste yarn, and I don’t think it’s long enough. I don’t want to spend $25 buying another skein of the green, so what now? I have a few options:

  • Continue with a contrasting color or coordinating variegated
  • Frog and reknit with a different size needle (But what size?? My gauge is right!)
  • Reknit in a different yarn that I have more of
  • Throw it in the corner and forget it about it

So tell me, what would you do??


25 thoughts on “What would you do?

  1. Oof, don’t you just hate it when you run out when you can finally see the end of the project? I’m a little bit of a perfectionist so I would frog the whole thing and start again with a yarn that I have more of. But maybe instead of that mess, pull back just the lace section and reknit that with a variegated yarn? I could see that turning out really great and it would add a bit more interest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have been in this place and I was desperate so I just bought another skein. Switching to a different color wasn’t possible for the project I was knitting. For this one, I can see adding a new color so it’s striped near the bind off edge.

  3. I think I would have dumped it into the UFO bin and never mentioned it again. But thatโ€™s not what I think you should do. You should continue with either a contrasting color or see if maybe someone on Ravelry has some leftovers in the same color they would swap (or sell). Itโ€™s really lovely and should see the light of day:)

    • Haha!! Believe me, I was tempted–if it wasn’t a test knit, it might have gone that way. And great minds think alike–I checked Ravelry the same night I realized I was running out, and alas, nothing in that color for trade or sale.

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