Posted by: GourmetGirl | September 27, 2011

Conformity in Knitting 2

Since writing the last post on Conformity in knitting, I don’t believe there can be conformity in knitting patterns. There are too many factors.

I mean we have gauge given, yes? And we need gauge because there are a vast variety of knitting tensions. With that variety of tensions comes a variety of needles.

A lot of knitter’s will talk about correct gauge being at a “tight” tension. And many times you see gauge given “tight”. But, in reality you cannot be a “tight” knitter and purl 2 together through the back loops!

I design patterns and I am a “loose” knitter, therefore my gauges will be  given on smaller needles than a “tight” knitting designer. So we cannot have conformity with gauge, yarn and needles if we have a variety of tensions. The publishing world knows this – that is why giving a gauge has become standard practice.

Therefore, I believe, you cannot have conformity in HOW a pattern is written. Every designer’s brain works different – thank goodness! (So we can have a vast variety of patterns!)

So, Why would we want conformity in how the pattern is written? I can understand the pattern being published by a company having the same set up: Measurements, Materials, Pattern Stitches, etc. in a certain order with the same typeface, size and other format styles followed. But, why must a pattern follow the same format in the pattern style?

Isn’t there a wide variety of projects out there? Can a pieced together sweater follow the same style as a top-down sweater?

A bottom rib is typically knitted first in a pieced design and last in a top-down. The stitches increase as a top-down is formed, many times binding off stitches in pieced garments give its shape.

Also, in a top-down garment size options can be given and easily changed for the individual knitter – the beauty of top-down.

There are more Conformities to talk about – but should it be all under Responsible Knitting?

Leaving you with thoughts on Conforming or not Comforming or just being Resposible!

Nancy

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Responses

  1. You are soooo right girl! The longer we knit, the more we realize this.
    PS Miss you bunches.


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