This is really just a personal rant because I need a place to release some frustration and not too many people around me understand this type of frustration.
I am working on a really cute little baby sweater. As I get into the pattern, it seems the person is talking in circles and I CANNOT understand what they are trying to say to me. It really frustrates me. I am short, sweet and to the point. If I have a question, I usually figure it out.
Anyway, by process of trial and error, I finally figured out what the pattern was saying, and I have literally re-written the pattern for myself so I can follow it again in the future if I decide to make this again.
The other problem I have is that some patterns ‘over-explain’ what to do. I got a pattern for a precious little baby dress, and it was 32 pages long!!!!!!! They had literally written out every step, including repeats. When patterns get too wordy, they frustrate me because I lose my place and make mistakes. Explanations can be made in the pre-instructions if necessary. That is why so many patterns have stitch abbreviation charts with explanations of how to make the stitch. I have thrown out patterns like this, even though the item is adorable. Or, I rewrite the pattern for myself, (which is time consuming), but if it is something I know I will use again, I will go through the trouble.
I guess that is why I so often make things “from out of my imagination” rather than use patterns. I am very visual, so I have often just looked at a picture and recreated what I saw.
Does anyone else have this kind of issue? I don’t mean to be so picky, but it is my personal frustration.