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Imminent Failure Free Knitting Pattern for Silk Chiffon Ribbon Yarn! – Darn Good Yarn

April 2, 2013

Good morning my dears! DGYer Wendy has been seriously cracking me up lately. You know when you’re experimenting with something new because you got this really great idea and you’re like, “let’s go with it!” It sometimes backfires, and you get a lump of yarn, a broken needle, and a giant wine stain in the middle of your white carpet. BUT! sometimes it turns out unexpectedly wonderful and you get the greatest (and by greatest, Wendy means “stupid simple”) creation. She presents to us the “Imminent Failure”….uh, thing. Well, here are her words:

“It is a combination of garter stitch and mesh stitch, with a deliberately dropped stitch at the very end to provide the “failure.”  I like to occasionally feel in control of my knitting failures, since they usually control me.  It can be worn as a shawl or an “infinity scarf” — because we don’t use the “C” word at DGY…  No Capes, No Cowls, Not Your Grandma’s Yarn. ; ) It can also be modified to be wider (by repeating the K5, wyif yo, p2tog, yo, p2tog section) or longer with another hank.  Can you say “Beach Wrap!”?  And oooh, fringe. It would look lovely with fringe, and maybe even some beads knotted along the bottom edge in the fringe.  Aw, heck.  Maybe next time on the Size 50 and 15 stitch version.   Now I have to try it out.  Darn.”


And best of all, the yarn she is using, the Fiesta Reclaimed Silk Chiffon Ribbon Yarn, is our featured sale for the week!


Imminent Failure pattern

“Imminent Failure”
a shawl / infinity scarf in 19 stitches on size 19 needles

Size 19 Needles
1 hank of Darn Good Yarn’s “Fiesta” Reclaimed Silk Chiffon Ribbon, 100 grams/125 yards
optional: 1 large recycled glass button, or a 12” strand of ribbon to secure ends

Due to the nature of the ribbon, gauge is not important. For reference, after blocking around my laundry basket with a handful of safety pins, my shawl was 12” by 38.”


k: knit
wyif: with yarn in front
yo: yarn over
p2tog: purl two stitches together

Pattern Notes:

Reclaimed silk chiffon ribbon is very, very stretchy. Be careful to cast on and bind off loosely with your favorite stretchy method, or the ends of the shawl will not pull out as much as the body. I used a Long-Tail cast on, cast over two needles held together. To finish, I used a Russian bind-off, and knotted the loose end to the last stitch. To pull the dropped stitch free, you may have to tug firmly on either side of the stitch, and then work it free row by row. Sometimes it grabs, and doesn’t want to let go!

Loosely cast on 19 stitches, leaving a tail at least 8” long.
Row 1: K3, wyif yo, p2tog, yo p2tog, K5, wyif yo, p2tog, yo, p2tog, K3.
Repeat Row 1 until almost out of yarn. Loosely bind-off the first 9 stitches, allow the 10th stitch to drop, the continue to bind off the remaining stitches. Secure end by knotting into the last stitch. After bind-off is complete, worry the dropped stitch down to the cast-on edge by pulling the stitches on either side apart. Block if desired.
Using the tail left at the cast on, stitch the the first three knit stitches from the top two corners together. If desired, sew the button over these stitches, either with the tail, or a strand of ribbon. Knot off end into last stitch.

To wear as a shawl, drape around your body as desired.

To wear as a twisty infinity scarf, hold the connected corners in one hand, with the loose corners facing you. You will see a large circle, thinner at the top, thicker at the bottom. Grasp the loose corner on the right side and pull it through the circle from front to back a few times, wrapping clockwise and up towards the top. If you added a button, secure the end by sliding the button through a stitch, if not, hold the end at the top and continue. Keeping the wrapped corner at the top, grasp the left corner and pull it through the circle from back to front, wrapping clockwise and upwards. Secure the end to the button, or tie the left and right corners together. Alternatively, you can use a strand of ribbon knotted into either corner or the center to hold the ends together. Knot the strand into the work so two tails are left, then pull the tails through different points on the pieces you want to secure and tie in a bow.

Imminent Failure pattern

So, it can be many things. We’d love to see what you make! Please send your pictures to (She’s the Darn Good Assistant!)


Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn


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