I don’t know if you are like me, but I am admitting that reading patterns takes me a bit getting used to. It’s nothing to do with not being smart enough or anything like that but I always find the first run through a pattern is the hardest for me.
It is the most difficult task for me as I tend to skip over vital information by scanning through and ‘I think I know what I am doing!’ Only to realize a few steps later that my stitches aren’t adding up and I realized I hadn’t finished the rest of the sentence a few steps ago and I am up that famous creek!
For me, teaching on YouTube is a challenge because I cannot teach a pattern without having done it myself first. It’s the testing periods where I learn my tips and things to watch out for. Some people can read and teach the pattern at the same time on camera, I’m not one of them. It would save me a great deal of time if I could be gifted enough to do this… but I am like the average person when it comes to this stuff… or least I think so.
Occasionally, sometimes you will hear me have a break through where I just realized a key tip as it’s usually the 2nd – 4th time I have done the pattern but it’s live on camera. Maybe there was a common element or something. If I taught and did the pattern in real time without practicing and scripting myself, my video would be a huge disaster as I would have mental break through and potentially change my advice over and over and over.
In the videos coming up next week, this realization happened to me several times during the testing period. I had actually done my sample 4 times before getting it right… no, it’s not hard… I was making too many assumptions and skipping vital directions as I was crocheting. During the video I sound like I have it all in my memory, which I do, but it’s because it would be my 5th time running through the pattern and I can see the commonality of what the pattern is asking for. Once you see the repetitive natural of all steps, figuring out the next step is a breeze. So when I run through the pattern a second time after discovering I was successful, I can relax and have a martini while I hook.
Please don’t say I am the only one like this… does anyone else go through the same thing? Leave your comments below.
PS. The Picture above is the Noel Granny Throw. Get the Free Pattern and Matching Video Tutorial. At this time, only the large square of the two is filmed. The smaller square is coming up soon.