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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.