Posted by: GourmetGirl | September 11, 2012

The Learning Process

I teach One-on-One knitting classes. A knitter that wants my individual attention to help them with a project or technique gets an hour of my time.

Yesterday, I had 2 knitters with an One-on-One. First a knitter, the second a crocheter. For both it boiled down to learning how to read a pattern.

The knitter was an intermediate knitter, learning from books, magazines and web-sites. She brought me a pattern of a sock she was knitting. And imagine it – the pattern had important  information left out! (It must be a hot month that brings out poorly written patterns to me!)

What gave me pain, with the pattern, was that it was from a sock class. It was not an average sock – it was a tube sock made from Cascade Yarns Fixation.

(Fixation has elastic in the yarn and is a perfect choice for a tube sock.)

To give the teacher credit – the knitter said she might have missed important details in the class……..

A wonderful tutorial about sock knitting was copied from a magazine and given with the sock pattern stapled to the top. However, this was NOT your typical sock pattern. No heal turn, no gusset. It was a tube sock out of Fixation yarn. It had a spiral rib pattern that was to change up the ribbing every 8 rows. Two changes were given – there should have been six changes given.

The pattern did give the instructions of what to do – it just didn’t carry out the rows. Not good as a pattern that was “written down” for other to learn from – or follow on their own. Fine for an advanced knitter that catches the concept – not for the vast majority to follow.

So, as you can imagine we spent a great deal of time talking about patterns and how to spot a well written pattern and what to look for when things are missing.

The Crocheter who followed the Knitter needed the same help, just a bit different. The Crocheter is a beginner ready to learn how to do more.

Whether a Knitter or a Crocheter, the more should always be learning to read a pattern. When you learn to read a pattern you can work a pattern on your own and know what to do. (As long as you have a well written pattern.)

Can you guess what my next blog will be about?

Happy Learning How to Read a Pattern,



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