When Crochet Patterns Go Bad
It’s probably a safe bet to say most of us have been in that place, you know the one of near euphoria when you find that “perfect” pattern. You run out and get just the right yarn, carefully choosing every color. You pick out your favorite hook and settle down in your favorite chair. It’s go time and the smile on your face says it all.
You can’t help but get excited; the first row of stitches is near perfection. Row two and three, you are on a roll. But wait…Row 17 and something’s not right. You swear you counted that row. Sigh. Pull it out and try again. Still, no go. UGH! Maybe that DC should have been an HDC. You’re not about to frog the entire project so you go back to the beginning of the pattern and retrace each row, stitch by stitch. Nothing, you can’t figure out where you messed up.
That’s IT! Tracing your steps did not work. Your only option is to frog the project and do it again! Row two and three, you are on a roll…but wait…Row 17! You have done every stitch EXACTLY as it was written. The pattern has a mistake!
By now, the pattern has probably been crumpled and chucked across the room. A tear or two has most likely been shed, and your kids…or cats are hiding so they don’t get caught in your crossfire.
Let’s be honest, it’s heartbreaking to find an error in a pattern, especially when you have invested time and resources on it. Before you call it a complete loss though, you have a few options.
- Contact the designer. Most designers are willing to help you through a tough spot in a pattern, and if there is an error, will be thankful for the heads up.
- Look in the comment sections, of where you got the pattern, if you got it on line. Many times others have run into the same problem and may have a solution. Hint: You may want to check these out before you get a pattern.
- Check for pattern updates. Many times when a pattern has an error and someone has already discovered it, a corrected version will be available.
Go ahead and have your meltdown, let it all out, then let it go. Pick your hook back up, find a solution and hook and move on. There are plenty of ‘patterns’ in the sea!
Tell us, has this ever happened to you? Were you able to figure it out in the end? Would you be more upset if it was a paid pattern or does it bother you just the same if it’s free?
Casting off until the next time we hook up,