Legwarmers. I have knit them twice, in different yarns and different patterns, and each time they turned out badly.
Top are the first pair. Lion Brand Thick & Quick, 1×1 ribbing. I think the problem with these was that I bound off too tightly, but I also just didn’t really like them once I was done with them. They have been unraveled, and the yarn is sitting in a bag waiting to have something done with it.
Next, we have the Cascade 220 Tweed legwarmers I made this winter, using the pattern (and specified yarn, even) from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I had bought two skeins, but it quickly became apparent that you barely need the second skein to make a pair. So I thought, meh, why bother with that? I used only one skein (but of course, I kept the second skein). In addition to being too short, they don’t stay up. How annoying is that?! These haven’t been ripped out yet, but they will be, don’t worry.
Now I’m thinking that I will try these again in plain stockinette, a la Weekend Knitting. But given that it is now March, that will happen in the fall. I guess I will just knit legwarmers every year until I find a pair I like (or realize that hey, maybe Ms. Ann Taylor here is not a legwarmer-wearing gal).