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  1. This is what scares me when I think about putting out a pattern for something I made from my own design. On one hand, if you've made a piece of art as cool as the octopus sweater, it feels reasonable to say "look, I made this for myself, in a size that fits me, and there might be some mistakes. But making the art was a lot of work, and managing all the questions will be a lot of work, so I'm not going to put it out there for free. Here's what I think it's worth; pay that or don't."

  2. This is part of an issue that's not talked a lot about in knitwear design imo. Self-drafting, grading, and pattern writing are all different skills that don't inherently relate to eachother. We expect indie designers to do it all themselves, when previously magazines or yarn companies paid tech editors to grade and write the patterns. Although, now some magazines are making designers grade their own work.

  3. Counterpoint : the chart is extraordinary and makes whole worlds of knits suddenly seem possible. And if she'd just created it for herself and not made the chart available she would have been hit with millions of requests to pleeeease make it available even though imperfect and we'll all just muddle through! And sending (craft)snark towards someone who was getting a PhD and then is likely on the PhD job track (adjunct hell? Moving every year for postdoc positions? Lowest rung on the ladder, taking in the grunt work and scrambling against a tenure clock?) for not taking on a painfully exacting and probably tedious task feels rather like sending coals to Newcastle!

  4. I agree that the chart is probably (maybe?) worth the $9 if you're correctly proportioned for the sweater, but I think a lot of people had problems with the designer because she originally released it at $20 (and this was 10 years ago!). Self-drafting and pattern-making are different skills and should be priced accordingly.

  5. :shrug: ravelry is filled with people charging $20 for yet another top-down sweater with a slightly different decorative element. The octopus sweater is, as near as I can tell (and I've looked a fair bit, but I'd love to hear if I'm wrong) completely unique in the scope of the project (a non-repeating overall embrace of an image). I've never seen another pattern like it. It's been in my favorites for a decade or so and has been a reminder that extraordinary things are possible. When I do finally buy it and try it my money will be paying for both the pattern and the decade of genuine wonder that it's given me. I don't much know how to set a price tag to that wonder. If she hadn't shared it (warts and all), how many people would have dared imagine something like that pattern? I'd hope that others would emulate that sense of sharing and exploration.

  6. Off the top of my head, this pattern is free and has multiple chart options to modify the snake wraps to the back.

  7. I wonder why that is the method instead of scrapping on like you do on a knitting machine. You'd cast on any old way, knit a few rows, then knit one final row with another piece of yarn (often a different colour from the other two). Then start your knitting.

  8. Some handknitters are big fans of this way:

  9. Provisional cast-ons are great because you'll never lose (mild) yarn chicken for bottom-up sweaters again!

  10. We need to develop a ratio for the posts from men on knitting subreddits to the amount of complaint posts over here. I think in the past month it's been close to 1:1. Maybe even more complaints here.

  11. Fr 😂 the only posts I’ve seen from men (where the man in question is visibly modeling his FO) are… just that. Just a dude, stating he’s made something, and here it is. At this point I think people are getting angry over guys just showing what they’ve made, especially if it’s a beginner project

  12. 1000% agree. Like it or not, gendered stereotypes ARE a part of knitting. There's a difference between "Look at me, a MAN who can knit!", and a guy mentioning that they've been in a gross conversation about gender roles in knitting or crafting (especially when said guy is trans! pretty sure he knows misogyny is a problem! and pretty sure being told that men don't knit would feel pretty bad!)

  13. Does anyone else get irritated skin when working with cotton yarn because it's so absorbent and creates friction? I don't have an issue with wool yarn.

  14. Yes, this is very common. Knitting with higher quality cotton helps (like Pima cotton), but i still need to take breaks to moisturize.

  15. Thanks. I will look into Pima cotton. I started with DMC Happy Cotton and that was unpleasant even just to squish. I have Rowan Summerlite 4 ply and it was so soft to squish but still having trouble with it even though it's a lot nicer.

  16. I think Rowan Summerlite is the best 4ply pure cotton I've used :/

  17. Ok, I might be crazy but I think these might look alright if they're styled better. Made in black, over some black leggings with tabis

  18. 2k for two days? Helene Magnusson's Iceland tours are about 2k euros (plus flights) and last a full week. And you're in Iceland!

  19. Andrea from Fruity Knitting talks about this problem here at 13:00

  20. Isn't the Musselburgh hat the most popular pattern on Ravelry?

  21. Roxanne Richardson for your pullover to cardigan question:

  22. I have this issue too, so I only knit with Eastern mounted stitches flat (specifically, combined knitting) and I knit with Western mounted stitches in the round, since I mainly knit plain stockinette sweaters. Either way, improving tension usually takes time and practice going slowly to figure out what the root is (tight stitches? Loose stitches? Inconsistent sized stitches?)

  23. While I do agree with you...the snark here isn't about a popular designer selling yet another raglan. It's about any designer charging for a simple raglan...the small designers, the new ones, who wrote a raglan and think it's a gift to us non-designers. The Cinema Raglan, The Coloring Book Raglan etc

  24. I think the Coloring Book raglan is a compound raglan, which is harder to find for free unless you have a sweater construction book handy.

  25. So here's the thing. The more creative a designer is, the more work they have to do — exponentially so. Norah Gaughan is very upfront with how she designs: she knits up a swatch and writes a very cursory instruction set, and her tech editors do EVERYTHING else. That's why some of her patterns are needlessly hard to read — the publication tech editor didn't translate her vision well. It's so much easier and less expensive from a pure business perspective to just write easier designs.

  26. I knew nothing of this person prior to seeing this post, but could easily have assumed she was Indigenous based on the iconography her website uses. Except, as her website explains, “she draws her inspiration from her horses’ Native American heritage by incorporating bright colors and bold designs traditional to Native American culture.” (emphasis mine)

  27. I feel really bad, but in 99% of cases I think making your own wedding dress is a bad idea. People are always posting their homemade wedding dresses in the sewing subreddit and they are always so ill fitting and amateur looking. Like, there is a reason it costs so much to get a dress altered, that shit ain't easy.

  28. I counter-snark with @marriedinasweater. But otherwise, I agree. I think the hard thing with crafting/looking at other people's FOs on the internet is that no matter how bad you, me, or everyone else thinks the FO is, the sentimental quality for the person who made it is enough to obscure any dissatisfaction with technical errors.

  29. The shoulder is just .. when the garment is huge. Drop shoulder? I'm more interested in the way the sleeves themselves are shaped, especially the arms part (aka not the cuff). But maybe I can ask on

  30. Yes, I think that would be good. Sleeve decreases are generally calculated the same for all standard sleeves past the sleeve cap assuming a standard taper, but pictures would definitely help.

  31. The pattern is Diagon Alley Jumper by Fabel Knitwear. I found the neck to be strange so I modified the short rows to be in the shoulders rather than the back and removed rows from the front neckline which still may be a little high for me. I may redo that at some point.

  32. It's not you, Fabel Knitwear has really loose gauge. 18sts / 4" is generally worsted-light aran weight. I usually compromise by mashing together sizes for her patterns.

  33. Sorry not sorry—don’t put Stephen in there with Kaffe. Kaffe uses colors in incredible inspiring ways. Stephen is an edgelord throwing things together that look like vom.

  34. Kaffe Fassett also makes designs that are only feasible if you don't weave in ends. To each their own.

  35. I'm dying to know a little more context. What kind of thing were they working on? Did they announce their attraction outright? Heavily imply in their description? Raging boner on display??

  36. People posting “my first real [project]” with pride, then admitting they’ve made lots of stuff in this craft before, this is just the first one they liked.

  37. There's plenty of posts on this sub for both directions: hating on "fake" beginner efforts and hating on actual beginner efforts. People are going to hate either way.

  38. I really like some of their patterns (recent intarsia cardigan looks super interesting) but I absolutely refuse to buy the super expensive “sweater workshop” book which is NOT available in a digital format and which is apparently a necessity because it explains the construction method.

  39. The patterns are approx 50 pages long, overly narrative, and so, so confusing. Do not buy.

  40. do you have a suggestion for a beginner sweater pattern? i know maybe Kim Hargreaves writes good ones?

  41. I honestly find Kim Hargreaves patterns to not be the most clear for beginners, since they're written in the magazine tradition.

  42. https://poshmark.com/listing/Susan-Bristol-button-down-cardigan-5f97a504446e59adc5379156

  43. I'm actually going to die on this hill: I did a search online for "definition of steek" and there was zero mention of the incorrect usage as a meaning on the first page of results. Even Wikipedia only had the correct meaning.

  44. At this point, "steeking" is a metonym for the process of securing and separating a piece of knitting fabric by casting on a steek in the round, knitting the steek stitches, and cutting the steek.

  45. Did you mean to post this on craftsnark or bitcheatingcrafters?

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