Have you ever seen a pattern picture and fell in love? You rush out and buy the yarn just knowing that you are going to love it when it is done?
I recently purchased a book on crochet sweaters because I fell in love with the picture of one cap sleeve cardigan. It is lacy and only has one little button near the neck. I went straight from the book store to my local yarn shop and bought the yarn for the original sweater and another long sleeve one that I also want to make for myself. Why not buy the yarn while there and be able to start it right after the first? Made sense at the time.
When I got home and spun the hanks into balls. I pulled out a new project bag and picked up my favorite hook. I scanned the pattern and highlighted the number of repeats I would need for my size.
Finally I started my gauge swatch. Now I have to admit not every gauge swatch is written equally. I have seen some that simply say 4 rows of pattern equal 3 inches wide and 2 inches tall. Then there are the ones that have it all spelled out and are as detailed as the pattern itself. So when I found several errors in the gauge swatch I just powered through and figured it out.
That was until I started the actual pattern itself. It is horrible. There are several mistakes on each line. A line actually tells you to sc into every dc in previous row. The problem? There are no dc in the previous row, and haven’t been for a couple of rows! There are even stitches that are in the diagram that are not even mentioned in the written instructions. Seriously how do you just skip right over stitches?
I had to frog out several times and start over. I became so frustrated working with the sock yarn trying to figure out the pattern, I went and got a ball of worsted weight so I could see what was going on easier. Working through I kept making notes in the book so I could remember next time what I did to make the yarn turn into a sweater and not a freeform alien creature from an underwater planet. It became so jumbled with different sets of repeats for the pattern I ended up rewriting the whole thing in my knitting journal and now I am working from that!
I have never had a pattern book be so full of errors. I went through and read some of the other patterns comparing them to their diagrams and found that every pattern has this same issue. At what point can you take a pattern book back to the bookstore and say this is really just a collection of pictures and jumbled instructions – I want my money back?