Monday, December 07, 2015

Knitting pattern errata and layout rant

OK, so I have got a bit frustrated with a couple of patterns lately so I thought I would have a rant and get it off my chest.

First:  Errata

Two of the patterns I have bought in the past year, at a cost of about £5 each, have several errors, one of them numerous errors.  I have read the comments on the well-known site where I bought them, and errors have been pointed out to the designers, sometimes years previously, but neither pattern has been corrected and they have been sent out unchanged.  There are no errata lists.  I even found one error not noted elsewhere, and sent a note to the designer.  She replied that most knitters would have seen it as an obvious mistake and not bothered to tell her.  Designers please check your patterns more carefully and do not sell them until mistakes have been rectified.

Second:  Layout and difficult to follow instructions

Both patterns are laid out in a peculiar, none-intuitive way, with a first couple of pages full of vague instructions, such as "you will be doing this, this and this at the same time and don't forget to increase here and decrease there according to your size" and so on.  I know of one designer who handles this in a perfect way, by producing a table, with consecutive row instructions downwards on the left hand side, and different sizes across the top.  Just highlight the right column for your size, and off you go! 
With both patterns, I had to sit down with paper and pencil and rewrite them row by row to be sure I had got it right.  This is what I was paying the designer for!  In fact I could have reverse engineered both patterns myself from the pictures, but I thought I was saving myself the bother.
Also one of these patterns (they were both top down) used the same instructions for the front and back, with no neck shaping.  Hence the front would  not dip, and not fit well, or at least would not fit me.  I can't help feeling that this was laziness.  I rewrote it to shape the neck at the front.  When knitting I also modified the pattern to take lace motifs to the edge of increases and decreases as the original pattern dealt with this by having acres of ss down the raglans and sides.

If you are expecting knitters to pay for your patterns, designers please take the time to write them well and easy to follow even for less experienced knitters, have them test knitted and take notice of what your knitters say!

OK rant over, as you were.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Totally Templates

I've just come across a new crafty site

It has only been running for 4 weeks but is very professionally set up and has lots of downloadable products such as craft templates and patterns.  Not many knitting patterns there yet but it seems to be taking off and I will be keeping an eye on it.

I have listed a few patterns there including my Santa's Elf Helper sweaters and child mittens, with more to come....

This pattern includes three sweaters for that famous elf that comes out and sits on a shelf in the run up to Christmas.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

More Mitten knitting patterns!

I don't seem to have timed these for the right time of year, but I've been on a bit of a mitten knitting pattern fest just lately.

Here are some more character mittens, doll and clown this time:

Doll and Clown Puppet Mittens

I couldn't resist making some frilly and sparkly mittens for a little princess:

Princess Mittens

The designs are available in three sizes, to fit children from two to seven years of age.

The patterns are available from Ravely Or Love Knitting.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New fun knitting pattern for Child Animal Puppet Mittens

Here is a pattern I have been working on this winter:

These mittens are available in three animal designs, and each one is in three sizes to fit children aged 2 to 7 years.
Will keep little fingers warm or can just be used to put on a puppet show!
The pattern is available from Ravelry or LoveKnitting, and is quick and easy to knit with scraps of DK yarn.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

New knitting pattern for a comfy slouchy style tunic in James C Brett cotton/acrylic

I have spent many months designing and refining this design, and I am really pleased with the result.

It is knit in James C Brett Cotton On DK, which is a lovely soft cotton/acrylic blend, and is machine washable.

The soft yarn and positive ease make it a joy to wear and it looks great with trousers.  It is a sweater that I shall wear and wear!

           Here are the details:

The sweater is knitted from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. It is patterned with slip stitches and bobbles, and edged with brick stitch; all instructions are written out fully and are easy to follow. The slightly dropped arm and positive ease makes it comfortable to wear.

The model is wearing size 36”, which has 2” of positive ease.

For experienced knitters.

Measurements are:
Size: 36, 42.5, 48.5”
Chest size of finished garment: 38, 45, 51”
Length of sleeve from underarm: 16.5, 16.5, 16.5”
Length from underarm to hem: 16.5, 17, 19”
Length from centre back of neck to hem: 24, 26, 29”
Number of balls of yarn needed: 9, 11, 13

The pattern is available for just $5 from:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flowerpot scarecrow

Today I helped to make a flowerpot scarecrow.  It took 3 hours but was great fun to do!

UPDATE:  We won first prize in the group category.  All the hard work was worth it!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Free knitting pattern for easy to knit chunky scarf

I bought two balls of this chunky yarn from Hobbycraft and designed and made this scarf within a day.  Most of it was knit on the Bedford to Brighton train.

© Helen Cox 2014
A long bulky scarf which is easy and quick to knit
Materials:  2 balls of Sirdar Denim Ultra or any other super bulky yarn (150m in total).
A pair of 9mm knitting needles and a large size crochet hook for fringing.
Gauge:  Approximately 8 stitches and 11 rows to 4” (10 cm) but not critical.
Abbreviations:  k = knit; p = purl;  sts = stitches;  [  ]  = repeat instructions in brackets.
Cut 26 lengths of yarn approximately 14” (35 cm) long and reserve for fringing.
Cast on 15 sts.
Next row:  Slip one stitch knitwise, k to end
Repeat last row 3 times more.
Next row:  Slip one stitch knitwise, [k1, p1] to end
Repeat last row until work measures approximately 63” (160 cm) or to desired length.
Next row:  Slip one stitch knitwise, k to end
Repeat last row 3 times more.
Cast off and run in ends.
To add fringe
Fold a 14” (35 cm) length of yarn in half.  Insert crochet hook into edge of scarf and pull central loop through, then take the two ends through the loop and pull tight.  Repeat along edge of scarf, spacing out 13 lengths evenly along each end.
Plenty of time to knit this one for the winter!
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