Grand plans, zero time

Let’s face it. I have too many ideas and too little time. Always a frustrating combination, but I think life will continue that way.

So instead of a huge and amazing project (let’s talk about killing your darlings…) I’ve come to my senses and have taken an hour or so to modify one of those grand (and impossibly ambitious) ideas. Now I’m kind of itching to get started, but, ehrm, it seems I’m out of knitting cables (jeesh, didn’t know catsĀ ate knitting cables… Oh, what? Too many ufo’s? Me?! You’ve gotta be kidding!)

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Patterns and patterns

There are many ways to author knit patterns. Some good, others not so good. As you might have seen I’m working on a hat for my baby girl and this pattern is lacking in many ways.

1. The pattern is basically just a huge chart covering everything. Instead of braking it down with repeats of smaller chart chunks I’m squinting my eyes, making mistakes and so on because it’s difficult to see where I am (and since many parts are repeats I find it hard to understand why it’s charted this way).

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2. There’s no row count or even stitch count maked. I’ve marked it out myself as a help.

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3. Later on there are increases and decreases, but the effect doesn’t show in the chart. I.e. the stitch count is off.

Of course you can write patterns like this not too concerned about the knitter and half expecting only skilled knitters to buy your patterns and books.

But I find that I much prefer the patterns that are authored with care to encourage knitters to learn new techniques etc. Not fogetting the challenge in braking down charts into nice followable chunks and neat succint instructions.

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