“Gosh darnit, this pattern isn’t working for me, what is going on? I’ve read the directions 10 times already! Now I am reading word for word going as slow as I can and it still looks warped!
That’s it, love the pattern but obviously the pattern is too hard for me! Time to feed the scrap bin monster and chuck the pattern into the recycle bin!”
Has this happened to you, you are following a pattern and suddenly you are confused, bewildered and questioning your own reading reading skills? It may not be you, it just may be the pattern!
Finding mistakes in patterns are very common. I have made a lot of mistakes in my own pattern and I certainly have stumbled across my fair share of mistakes in other people’s patterns. If I am adamant that I am right that the pattern is wrong, I will reach out to the designer or publisher, if that is possible. I type in or paste and copy the pattern in the communications and highlight where I think the pattern is going wrong. I then give a list of reasons why I feel that way. I would say 99% I am right.
In one pattern last year, I discovered an error in the Ringtoss Afghan. I had invested 15 hard long days into the pattern and I usually crochet like an assembly line. When I went to start the final row around the Rings, I just wasn’t getting it. The math and look wasn’t coming out right. I tried and tried and tried. I had done the complete afghan and the final row was kicking my butt! Upon further research, there was indeed an error and I wasn’t the only person to find this mistake.
I think a lot of the mistakes happens when we try to get crochet into the standard language pattern format. The Yarn Craft Council has standards and most large companies and reputable designers are following. The standards make for patterns to be simplified in language but sometimes, in my opinion, a pattern is too simplified. Maybe the designer has some tips, thoughts or suggestions that are omitted because it’s not a standard. Maybe an editor felt the tips, ideas or suggestions were not important enough. I have seen, in some cases, where the pattern is simplified so much to fit into a magazine that sections, by accident, are omitted to comply with page space.
I see all too often our community frogging or tossing partial work out the window when a pattern is a mess. If I love the pattern well enough, I fake it. I break down the pattern and examine the photograph provided.
- To get the look in the photograph, what do I need to do at this row to achieve it?
- Will my alteration be okay for the remainder of the project?
Many times, my alteration may not be what the designer wanted me to do. I have done my best to follow the pattern but now it’s up to me to get myself past the point where I am stuck. Designers and publishers may not be available or help you, this is where “Crocheters Choice” comes in handy.
As Kristen at GoodKnit Kisses says, “I can fake it to make it!”
In the end, you could be like me at times. You are stuck and then you think… hmmm this pattern isn’t worth burning my brain cells over. Frog the project, chuck the pattern and look for something new. Nothing wrong with that!
So if you need permission to Fake It to Make It, here it is! I, Mikey, give you permission to fake it to get yourself through a row or round you may be struggling on. If you find yourself struggling on the next row and then the next row. Abandoned the hook and treat yourself to a Happy Meal at McDonalds!
If I died tomorrow, my message to crocheters world wide is this… “You are the Crochet Artist within yourself. Sometimes Cro’Chet’ Happens! Give yourself the permission to adjust the pattern to work for you. If possible communicate with the artist or publisher to your findings so that future crocheters can benefit from the fixing of errors that you have discovered.”
Leave me your comments below if this has happened to you. What have you done about it. Do you fake it or toss it?
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- To Frog or Not To Frog (thecrochetcrowdblog.com)