Another of my "ripping yarns"

Again I seem to be posting the same kind of blog.
Another failed attempt at a potentially fantastic sweater!
After seeing the finished "speed racer" sweater that Ken kindly posted, I showed it to Steve and decided to make for him for his birthday. Plenty of time as it’s not until August.
After finishing the front/back all was going well (apart from a few extra rows) and started on one of the sleeves.
Only 1 more row of increases spaced over 8 rows then the pattern says to continue stocking stitch until it measures 19inc, however, the sleeve already measured slightly over 19 Inc.
After frantically measuring and re-measuring, checking the gauge etc I finally realised my very arrogant mistake.
After finishing the ribbing for the front/back, it says to continue with larger needles, however after finishing the ribbing on the sleeve it did not say to do this. Me being me presumed it must be a typo so decided to change to the larger needles regardless.
Well that was just silly!
Not one of my best decisions I admit.
All ripped out now ready to start again.
I really should learn to be patient but I just get carried away! that'll teach me.

Am I the only one this happens to?

I think I’m going to leave it for a few weeks, maybe start on a lace scarf I want to have a go at then come back to it.


garyhrx's picture

The more I get into knitting projects my pharmacist analytical brain gets bruised. Lots of folks see themselves as designers but they suck as technical writers. Of course all the blame can not go to the designers. To the folks that publish patterns and books, printed page space is gold and more often than not the picture of the finished item takes up more of the page than the instructions. It would seem that online publishing could help that problem but it does not. Just think if designers wrote concise ,easy to understand directions using consistent abbreviations a large percentage of dictionary type knitting books would be unnecessary. I would like to see those types of books eliminated and replaced with books that emphasize techniques that would enable the knitter to style and modify basic patterns to include fitting and gauge issues.

So knitters, don't blame yourselves for projects that don't work. This craft like any other is a constant learning process and one can learn very valuable lessons from "frogging" and starting over. The fact that we waste a lot of time is an issue for poor technical writers and publishers to contemplate if they want to continue selling patterns.

Tallguy's picture

Sometimes I think that knitters, especially men, overthink directions. You need to just let go, have faith, and do only exactly as the instructions say. Nothing more, nothing less. Don't anticipate. Don't over analyze. Don't Think!! Just do as it says.

Sometimes, the directions are correct as written. But I do have to admit, I have found a couple of patterns that had errors. So what are you to do??

Thor's picture

This is certainly bringing back memories! My buddy, Kevin, recently completed his Master's Degree in Instructional Design. On more than one occassion, I was his "guinea pig" lay-person who had to perform a task that I had never done before following the directions he had written and using only those directions. It was a fascinating exercise in not only his writing good directions and my ability to follow them, but what assumptions he may or may not be making about what I know/understand at the onset as he proceeded in the directions. It was interesting to notice how many steps are "left out" of directions sometimes because the author assumes a certain level of competency by the reader. Well written patterns/directions, with appropriate explanations, are worth their weight in gold!