Anectodotal Observation – Knitting Patterns vs. Crochet Patterns
Perhaps it’s just me. And I know this might be controversial. But my recent experience with two crochet patterns indicates crochet pattern writers can be so much lazier than knit-pattern writers.
Some Crochet Patterns Really Suck
I know there are shitty knitting patterns too. It is also clearly acknowledged that this is a first-world problem. But recent personal experience seems to indicate to me that there are more shitty crochet patterns out there.
But both patterns could use a full rewrite.
April showers uses complex stitch repeats and references to sc spaces that could be very confusing. I was fortunate to be on a daily Zoom meet-up with another crocheter who had completed this project. Tommy walked me through the design so that I could eventually memorize what to do. As a less-experienced crocheter, I just assumed it was me who struggled with the pattern writing. But Tommy also had difficulty with it.
As for the scrap yarn crochet basket, I really picked the worst pattern/blog description I could have imagined. Pages and pages of descriptive text before it got to the most bare-bones description of how to make this project. This project is not easy. It is rife with possible problems. Especially if you’re not an experienced crocheter.
Fortunately, there is a very good video tutorial out there if anyone wants to make this project. It’s too late for me to go back and try to unravel 7 plies of yarn. But if I ever decide to try this out again, it will be much better.
Are you bi-stitchual? What’s your experience with the caliber of patterns in knitting and crochet?
All that being said, I have decided to continue on with the scrap-yarn crochet basket.
It’s not going to be as sturdy as I’d imagined (the sides flop down). And it takes a LOT of work for something so bulky. But Perseverance is my middle name.
I also banged out another West Coast Watchcap (if you didn’t notice from my feature photo).
Not my favorite colors, but I really love the interesting mix of Noro colors in one ball of their yarn.