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Old 09-11-2007, 02:12 AM   #1
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Just wondering - does anyone else have this problem?
It isn't the pattern, and it isn't the stitches, but how it is presented.

I have pulled out my stitches and restarted this pattern 3 times in less than 90 minutes because I keep following the wrong "row" on the pattern sheet, for it is listed like

Row 1
Row 2 and all even rows
Row 3
Row 5
Row 7
Row 9

This time I am copying the pattern in another format and inserting the 'missing' rows.

But I am wondering:
Is it just because of my eyes or is this something others have struggled with too?
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:16 AM   #2
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that has happened to me. especially if its a complicated pattern. if its complicated then the pattern writer should not be lazy and just include all rows. its just easier that way.
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:39 AM   #3
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Reading any pattern is complicated for me still. I only learned how to start reading them in late June of this year.

And I think this would qualify for every odd row is a different pattern. So it is very confusing - at least to me.

But I have a unique disability and sometimes it is just a problem with my eyes, but my thought was the person who typed the pattern got a bit lazy. I am glad someone saw it my way. I feel much better.
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:33 AM   #4
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I usually take my pattern and either make a copy so I can write on the pattern itself or I have the pattern and a blank piece of paper beside me, and I write down my rows or anything I need to remember.
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:54 AM   #5
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I do whatever I need to do to make a pattern easier to follow. Mostly I write all over it, everywhere, and make marks sometimes to keep track of the rows I've done. I don't have the particular problem you describe, for some reason remembering that every other row is all purl or all knit is easy for me, probably because it's kind of a "free row"; you don't have to think!

The thing that messes me up the most is all those numbers in parentheses. I am never using that first number, so I have to go through and circle my numbers throughout. If I download a pattern, I edit it to remove all extraneous information and I increase the size of the font.
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:57 AM   #6
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This is why I prefer charted instructions over written.

Once you get over the initial confusion, charts really are much easier to read. Every row and every stitch is clearly defined.
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:04 AM   #7
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I always just rewrite the pattern anyways so that I can write out each row and get over that confusion. I also use a little sticky arrow to help me remember where I left off. Writing it out also helps make sure you understand the directions before you start.
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If its something simple, like Row 2 and all even rows - knit, I just write the even numbers in in between the odd rows so I can check them off as I go. But if the even rows are more complex than that, and its really bothering you, I would rewrite the pattern out. A little bit of time at the beginning will end up saving you tons of time later!!
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:17 AM   #9
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i have to add a "me too" to the "making a copy" and the "marking off the rows". and yes, i end up recycling the paper the pattern was on too courtesy of my 7 year old artist

I hate it when they don't at least add the "row 4: same as row 2" so that i can go through with my highlighter after finishing row 4 and highlight it as done.
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none of the rows in this pattern are a simple k across or p across. They all have these "variations".

I gave up on this one. Even copied I can't get it right and working on size 4 needles the sts are so tiny I can't see the pattern in the rows I had knit to recognize mistakes at the onset - and I was using a pastel solid colored yarn. I never worked in size 4 needles before which wasn't helping me at all.
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