Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Knitters do you Look at the Schematic?
Recently I was looking at Ravelry comments on garments with a silhouette that I was considering for an upcoming project.
One of the great things about Ravelry is the ability to read the comments of other knitters. Many of the more recent knitters had made a modification to lengthen the back of a specific garment based on the comments about earlier completed projects.
The comments were:
"but the photo doesn’t show the back which is super short"
"pattern leaflet doesn’t show the back, and if I’d seen it, I would have modified it to make it a little longer"
"it’s crazy short in the back and long in the front"
"I didn’t realize it would be so short in back"
"the back is very short!! Modified pattern for different gauge yarn. Wouldn’t make it again with such a short back"
"I really couldn’t stand the super short back"
It is true there was no photo of the garment back, however there was a detailed schematic that did show each piece. The length of the back was clearly marked. The pattern is a few years old. It is becoming more standard to include multiple photos online, however I think this one was originally a printed version. (The schematic at the top is not the one the comments were on).
I spend a lot of time and effort on the schematics that go with my patterns so I'm a little concerned that many knitters may not be looking at them. I checked with some of my designer friends to hear what they think. I heard a few stories about knitting disasters and complaints about specific patterns that were due to assumptions made by the knitter without looking at the schematic.
Do you look at the schematic and adjust the pattern accordingly?