Eliminating the LIARS

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Because I’ve impulsively cast-on a number of fatal projects, here is a critical review of how I hope to choose future patterns so that I will not make the same disappointing mistakes again and again.

  1. Look at the pictures.  Scrutinize them closely.  Are there more than one?  Do they show the item fully?  Can I identify its shape?  Does it show the details clearly?  Is it being modeled?  Would I wear it how it is being modeled?  Is the model posing naturally?  Is the model’s body shape/size similar to my own?   How is the fit?
  2. Identify the yarn.  Is my yarn the same weight?  Is my yarn the same fiber type?  Do I honestly have enough yarn?  What drew me to this pattern?  Will my own color selection make me just as happy?
  3. Assess the cost.  Is the pattern worth the price?  I’ve paid for patterns that have ended up being pretty straight-forward.  And I’ve selected free patterns that have been more hassle than they are worth.
  4. Review the pattern before starting.  Don’t just skim it, but read through as if I’m actually knitting it.  Are the abbreviations and techniques explained?  Do I have the resources to understand what they mean?  Have I read the reviews and helpful projects on Ravelry?   Am I being overconfident in my abilities?
  5. Study the schematic and charts.  Do I understand what the pattern actually makes?  Are overall sizes given?  Can I draw my own schematic based on the instructions?  Can I convert the written instructions into a chart?  Do I understand what the finished object is supposed to look like?

Question:  How do you tell the difference between the perfect pattern and a too-good-to-be-true pattern?

Previously in this series:  I wrote about two great knitting disciplines:  knitting daily and putting the knitting down when tired!

Next in this series:  I’ll write a similar post about how to avoid disappointment in my yarn purchases.

 

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3 responses to “Eliminating the LIARS

  1. My most common fail is not having as much yarn as I thought. (How would this look if I switched from pink to yellow yarn at the very end?) I have had VERY little trouble with patterns. I think it’s because, in the modern knitting world there are plenty of chances to preview the pattern and finished object and I am pretty selective about what I cast on. My favorite double check is to look at how it turned out for other people on Ravelry. If it looks sad on enough regular people with average finishing skiills I can tell I would rather not start down that path. I also like knitting in the round and if a pattern must be worked back and forth and sewn up, that’s an instant discard. I insist on a chart for lace. No matter how beautiful, it is not worth the hassle of reading row upon row of text. It’s more about the journey than the sweater for me, and if it requires irritating techniques I will refuse it.

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