I have been a knitter for around 35 years now, so I would consider myself to be reasonably experienced. However, I've been knitting a lot from my 3 Debbie Bliss baby knits books, and have discovered that most of the patterns in them are quite badly explained.I am knitting the gorgeous rabbit bootee's in the 'nursery knits' book at the moment, but even simple instructions like how many stitches should be left on the needle. are missed out. I managed to complete the teddy bear all-in-one suit recently, but I relied on guess work and common sense most of the time, as instructions were very vague. I love Debbie Bliss projects, but how I wish more time went into preparing the patterns and explaining things properly. Has anyone else experienced problems with her patterns, or is it just me??
Perhaps you can leverage this as a business opportunity! Not only would you pick up all the free patterns you could stand, you'd make a little coin on the deal as a bonus.
One of the things my girlfriend and Yarn Jedi Kninja Master does as part of her business is proof and edit patterns. Usually this involves knitting a sample of the pattern and noting where things are left out or badly explained. And it happens a LOT, even with people who have been writing patterns for years.