- Patterns that start on one page, but finish elsewhere (newspaper style)- This annoys me in newspapers too. But at least there they have a somewhat legitimate reason for it. In a magazine or book there is ABSOLUTELY no reason to split a pattern up like this.
- Patterns that don't tell what weight yarn they use. I very rarely use the yarn the pattern calls for; I guess I could be the Queen of Substitution. I just don't see why I should have to pay for designer yarn when there is a yarn at half the price one shelf over. Substitutions aside, in as little as 5 years from when the pattern is written the particular yarn can be discontinued. Without a weight specified, how can you knit the pattern?
- Patterns with guages that are impossible to obtain on the size needle or hook specified.
- Patterns that use multiple sizes of needles/hooks to do shaping. Occassionally, this is fine, but for a small project- like a hat- it is really annoying to have to carry six sizes of needles with me. (maybe I'm the only person bothered by this?)
- Garment patterns that don't give finished measurements AND a diagram. (this is one of my major peeves; I think everything else can be preposterous with a pattern, but as long as you have a diagram with sizes I'm fine)
- Patterns that tell you to knit or crochet for a specified number of inches. Seriously? What's the point of specifying a row guage if you're not going to use it. Come now do some math with me 5 in X 6 rows per inch = 30 rows. Wow, now that wasn't so hard! Now I realize that magazines have space limits; but it takes much less space to say continue in pattern for 30 rows, than to say continue in pattern until work measures 5 inches from beginning ending on a wrong side row.
May 17, 2011
Annoyances in Published Patterns
I've been doing some hand-knitting lately and I've decided that their are some definite annoyances in modern printed patterns. So here they are in no particular order:
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