The Words, They Matter

Yes. A pitiful picture of the two projects I’m concentrating on. The blanket waits.

Vary The Gate had a small issue I was able to correct without too much aggravation. After spending too much time working on One & Done I could no longer stop counting at two. I made the mistake of counting to three twice which required tinking back one row. Not a huge deal at all. It’s done and ready to move forward. In theory I’m 3 repeats from the end. I have loads more yarn so I’m going to keep knitting repeats until the ball is just enough plus a little to bind off.

Unfortunately I have two rows to tink back on One & Done. I read the pattern as most are written “ repeat from * seven times more” only the more wasn’t there so I’m guessing I only need seven times. There is a note about people running out of yarn. I wonder if they implied the more too. So if I tink back the two rows I’m ready to move on to the border. If I throw caution to the whims of the Knitting Goddess and carry on with another 10 rows I’m pretty much guaranteed to run out of yarn. So yes, later today I’ll tink back and take a moment to thank myself for preventing a yarn panic situation.

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12 Responses to The Words, They Matter

  1. That wording would definitely do for me. To me, the word “repeat” is an instruction to do something again. So, if I’m given a direction – touch your toes, for example – then told to repeat it, I would touch my toes again. I wouldn’t count the original action as a ‘repeat’.
    It would be clearer to say “Touch your toes seven times in total” or “Touch your toes then repeat six times”. As far as knitting goes, giving a clear stitch count at the end of the repeats instruction would also help to clarify the designer’s intention.

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    • I love a designer who sees fit to give some stitch counts along the way. But one of the kindest things I have ever seen was a chart of stitch counts made by a knitter who wanted to help out other knitters. They didn’t have to do it but they did and it’s such a kindness for the people who knit the pattern later:)

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  2. I hat it when that happens! It’s always a pain when patterns are unclear like that. But they are both looking gorgeous!

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  3. Alissa Head says:

    I really like the way CocoKnits gives you a worksheet to write out all the increases etc. it’s more work up front but less confusing as you go. There’s no room for interpretation or error. My brain needs that. I can’t wait to see these completed! They are so pretty.

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  4. Helen Stewart gives row by row instructions as well as stitch counts for each row. I love knitting her patterns.
    Both of your projects are looking great!

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  5. Details like this are what stress me out the most when writing patterns. I do my best to try to think from the perspective of someone who is looking at my pattern for the first time, but I think it is the hardest part of good pattern-writing. At least it was only a few rows! It looks beautiful.

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  6. Or you can bind off in some cute way with a contrast color… maybe picot or i-cord…

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  7. Jackie B says:

    This made me think of a slight disagreement in my Ukelele group when the song sheet said after the last line “repeat 3 times”. I took that as meaning a total of 4 times but some thought 3 altogether. Not as crucial as the risk of running out of yarn (though we’d need to agree beforehand if we performed the song in public. It’s a lesson for pattern designers: always include stitch numbers!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    I hate it when directions are confusing like that! These are so pretty though. Glad you caught the potential issue early.

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  9. Stefanie says:

    Oh, I get confused like that too. I would knit the sequence once and then get to those instructions. Then when I counted stitches, I would have too many and have to tink back.

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