I cannot believe how many projects I have screwed up due to myself quickly reading directions.
I say to myself every time… I know to pay attention to things like brackets, especially when multiple sizes such as clothing are involved. However, I listen to Netflix most of time and sometimes scenes draw me in and I think I am somewhere on my pattern or quickly glance… only to pick up the wrong information.
Clothing is really difficult for me because sometimes I just need to sit in the quietness and focus. After having the afghan issue earlier this week, I realized I really have to pay attention to the gauge if I have a hope of being successful in clothing.
I’m reattempting a pattern that I failed last winter. My project didn’t turn out and seemed my pattern was way too big! Hours and hours… and more hours wasted on completing a project that is meant for giants!
After this week of screwing up an afghan because of gauge, I realized with Kristin Omdahl’s instructions that gauge isn’t placed on patterns as eye candy… it’s meant to be part of the instructions for us to use.
I really wanted my project to be successful. How can I teach anyone to crochet this pattern if my sample comes out for a Sasquatch? I can fake it but then it would put my ‘hooky’ reputation into question when my viewer’s version come out wrong.
So tonight… I am ready to tackle this again… This time, I actually highlighted most of the instructions to help me out. There are two sizes in this pattern. I think last time I was bouncing between the sizes. I also did a swatch to check my gauge as I am substituting yarn and my crochet hook. My crochet hook comes in a 0.25 mm bigger and it’s my comfort grip hook. I don’t want to use a non-comfort grip as it’s harder on my fingers and wrist…
So knowing I am changing the yarn, changing the hook… I have to be sure before I start that I am not setting myself up for a disaster before I am even out of the gate.
Now… We have received an email asking me if designers include making the swatch as part of the yarn needed for the project or whether the yarn used in the swatch is extra? I really don’t know that answer… If you know an answer… let me know.
I know for myself… if I give a gauge, it’s based on measuring the finished project and not from a test swatch. Usually if I make a swatch, I don’t cut the yarn and I take my measurements and pull it out to use the yarn. I don’t want to waste perfectly good yarn. I’m selfish that way!
Leave your comments below if you know the answer about the swatches.