Pattern Frustration!

I spend this morning ripping out a scarf I had half completed. This pattern was something that looks like blocks that keep shifting positions. I got half way done when the pattern changes and found out the pattern was incorrect. The math calculations were off. Although I spend a lot of time recalculating the math for the error and it seem to be working, I found myself re-writing the pattern. At this point I felt like I should get credit for the patten since I was re-writing it. So finally, I ripped it out and put the yarn to good use on a more reliable pattern. It is so so depressing ripping out something you worked on for a while. I think I will limit my pattern choices to a more reliable source. In my anger I ripped the pattern up and tossed it into the trash. Thanks for listening to my rant. I feel much better!


CLABBERS's picture

Terry, don't feel bad. I have had the same bad luck in my comparatively short knitting career. My gut reaction to something similar was that I had made a mistake and spent hours tinking and ripping...back and back and back. Then I reknit and reknit and found that it was not my error, but an error in the pattern. I had downloaded the pattern for free on Knitting Pattern Central and, like you, have since reconsidered using patterns that are not tested...or at the very least, I keep my expectations at bay until I see that the free patterns work out well. It's a frustrating thing, but a good thing as well. It sharpens our awareness of what our hands are doing with those sticks and yarn. I have been told hundreds of times to trust the pattern. I usually do, but now only when the pattern comes from, as you say, a reliable source. I hope that the ripped yarn has now taken on a new, more rewarding life.

theknittingdude's picture

HI Mark
Thank for the supportive words. I feels good that I am not alone with the frustration.

cacunn's picture

There have been times when I am sure that I an doing amphibian knitting. I don't know how I was doing it but I seemed to be able to frog more stitches than I had originally knitted. Often it was either an error in the pattern or a pattern that was written in a way that did not make sense to me.

I am a visual learner and often can not get my mind around a written pattern. I have in the past scanned a problem pattern into a text file a then imported the file into the Intwined Studio charting program. This gives me a visual chart and I can often find the problem.

Crafty Andy's picture

Sorry to hear that buddy. I would definitely say something to the designer. I have in the past found mistakes and tell the designer in a polite way of course, lol. If it is that big of a mistake,and you purchased the pattern, ask for your money back. Some people really don't know how to write patterns or don't get them proof-read, or tested for that matter. Hope you recover fast and give us a picture soon.

scottly's picture

"I think I will limit my pattern choices to a more reliable source." - it took me a while to figure this out as well. I've froged my share of ugly and/or ill begotten patterns and it's usually because they were designed by either a hack or someone who just doesn't know any better. I recently bought an enitre book of such patterns called "Natures Wrapture" - full of truly heinous patterns, poorly written and hacked out for the sake of publising a book. I should have guessed from the cheesey title. Live and learn.