Reading Between the Lines: Email Pertaining to Written Patterns


Crochet Diagrams

Learn to Read Diagrams to Open Up More of Your Choices

Last week, I got an email that had a tone of attitude or sense of entitlement pertaining to crochet diagrams. The woman wanted to give me 15 crochet diagram patterns so I could write out the instructions for her.

I detected the tone as she needed it all done within 4 days. It’s not like she could possibly crochet all 15 projects that quickly! Something isn’t right in this email and I think there is more to the picture here.

In the email she told me that she has no interest to learn how to read crochet diagrams. She found the patterns from various spots online and they appear to be screen shots. You may suspect where my brain is going at this point.

So there are a few things wrong here:

  • Her sense of timing for me to get what she needs done isn’t my timing. I’m not just sitting around here twiddling my fingers. So that offends me to begin with.
  • Even if I wanted to do that, what she is asking me to do is to violate a stranger’s potential copyright. How do I know the pattern isn’t already written for the diagram?
  • The diagrams are professionally done which tells me something may not be right here.
  • By helping her, she has the potential to throw me under the bus and hold me liable as it will by my writing that will accompany the pattern if she is distributing it.
  • I have no idea what she plans to do with the instructions. So I am not going to open myself to a potential lawsuit.
  • I have no idea if her plan is to sell the patterns. This is all too common where people will re-write an established pattern and try to sell the pattern. We see this from time to time on other websites. I want no part of that.

So here’s my beef:

She has 15 patterns she wants written out because she doesn’t understand diagrams. If there are so many, wouldn’t she be better to say to herself, “Gee, so many great patterns, I best teach myself how to use these diagrams?”

I’m of the firm belief and have been quoted through my years of The Crochet Crowd of “when there is desire, there’s a way!”

In this case, if she has no desire to learn how to read crochet patterns when she has a strong interest to have 15 diagrams converted to a written pattern… That is something she has to figure out for herself. I figured, if she wants it bad enough, she will pull out a diagram chart and begin to learn like everyone else does. There’s a lot of free resources online to learn how to read patterns. Don’t make it other people’s problem if you don’t want to do the leg work on your own. That’s not fair to everyone else.

So before y’all might say to me that maybe she has a learning disorder that requires this. One would think, if she is asking me to write the pattern out that she is able to comprehend and understand. She wasn’t asking for a video, so she is able to understand written patterns.

So something isn’t right and there’s more to the picture here I feel.

  • What do you think?
  • If someone were to ask you to do this… what thoughts would cross your mind?
  • Is there more to the picture here?
  • Do you think she should learn to read the diagrams or am I being too hard on her?

Share your thoughts below in a comment. Would love to know how you would react to this type of letter and thoughts you may have.

Just so you know, I won’t be doing the work for her… just in case it wasn’t obvious. I’m going to use my gut instinct and follow that hunch that something isn’t right and there’s more to the story.

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About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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8 Responses to Reading Between the Lines: Email Pertaining to Written Patterns

  1. Deanna says:

    I agree Mickey, I appreciate you very much you have taught me a lot I love your videos thank you .

  2. Maru says:

    I don’t find it weird for people to ask help with diagrams… though to me diagrams are far easier to follow than written instructions (you can almost “see” from the diagram how a piece will look when finished) What I find hard to understand is how someone may consider asking for help with 15 different patterns at the same time…. Looks to me like she is not a very considerate person…and that in itself is cause for concern…

  3. christilocs says:

    I agree! There is so much help on the internet u can do almost anything including learn to read a diagram. Get real lady!

  4. Diamond says:

    I learned to read patterns and diagrams myself, (before the internet was invented) and with no help from any family member or friend. None of them crocheted. It was only the desire to learn that helped me, and of course a few good books and magazines. I totally agree Mikey…at the risk of sounding redundant, it all seems a little fishy. If she wanted them bad enough, then she would take the time to learn., besides,thats half the fun isn’t it?

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