I have started a sweater for myself! This is Amelia from the latest Knitty. I am using Berroco Pure Merino Heather. This is a great yarn and I am enjoying working with it.

The pattern has some errors. I emailed the designer and she is going to post a correction. Until then, here’s the scoop …… the problem occurs when adding the waist detail. There must be an odd number of stitches between the front columns of twisted rib and the back column in order for the waist twisted rib to continue seamlessly in the pattern stitch. From what I can tell, the error occurs in three of the sizes; medium, 2x and 3x. Rather than rip back, I am going to decrease with some well placed p2tog’s to make this work.

This however, brings me to a larger question ……. and it is not limited to this project only and is not meant in anyway to be a criticism of the designer who was very kind to come up with a great looking project and share it for free with the rest of us!

This is meant to be a ~gentle~ criticism of the rest of us! When you come upon an error in a pattern and you know exactly how to correct it, do you nonetheless contact either the designer or the publisher to let them know? Do you even bother posting it to either your blog or your Ravelry page? Or do you just knit along and barely register the blip? In our little Internet world and with the beautiful resource that is Ravelry, doesn’t it make sense to take the time (which is not that great an amount) to raise a flag? I just thought of this possibility — do you just assume the error is yours, some kind of flaw in your knitting and don’t investigate whether there was a problem with the patterm??

Am I some kind of pattern vigilante?

12 thoughts on “amelia

  1. The one time I’ve found a mistake (I haven’t knit anything too complicated) I emailed the designer just asking if I had done something wrong as it wasn’t working out the way it seemed it should. I guess I went kind of overboard being polite not wanted to offend. I would want someone to tell me a problem with a pattern if I had put it out there for people to use.

  2. I think it is nice to alert the designer/publisher and let other knitters know about the problem so they will not need to go through ripping off or finding other clever solutions :)

  3. I think you’re a part of the majority of knitters. Recently it has become standard practice when I find a pattern I want to knit to read the comments on ravelry first. It has saved me numerous headaches because a lot of the time people will post exactly where they’ve encounters problems (if any).

  4. Just learning to knit a few years back I would assume it was ME when having trouble with a pattern until last year or so when my knitting comprehenion skills sort of clicked . My confidence improved to the point that I contacted one designer who answered me back via email. Now I am quick to check on line for corrections from magazines or look at Ravelry. ..

  5. I agree that Ravelry is a fabulous resource, and if I were a designer, I’d much rather have someone let me know asap about a problem so I could post the correction and not have the whole knitting world mad at me. It’s not vigilante-ism to me; it’s more like open source code, with users helping to improve the original product. Of course, it should be done politely, rather than accusatorily.

  6. Keep yer shirt on, Rambo!

    From firsthand experience I can state that people do contact the designer, they really do. It’s extremely helpful to be able to put up an errata flag before the next person knits to the error.

  7. Hey. How’s that sweater coming along? I’m a (if I gotta be somethin’) Catholic girl in a Pollyana world — never dream that there’s be a mistake and, if there is… mea culpa, mea culpa.

    Is it April yet?

  8. I am knitting a shawl I chose because I saw it knitted by someone else. When I ran into pattern problems, I contacted her and she said she had the same problem but hadn’t written down her solution. Another master knitter examined the pattern and my knitting and agreed that I had followed the pattern, so the problem was in the pattern. I googled the pattern for errata and didn’t find anything. I went to ravelry and no one had noted any problems (although only 8 people had posted the project). I charted the pattern and still didn’t solve the problem. This is starting to sound like the problem was my knitting, which is possible, and, admittedly I haven’t contacted the designer, but I would dearly have appreciated some word from anyone about (a) whether they had a problem, and (b) if so, how they solved it. Very frustrating. Ultimately, I made up my own version and faked it.

  9. I’m sorry about your boo boo. I recently had a knuckle injury and found that duck tape works wonders, it stretches enough to allow you to type and knit. I’m impressed, I probably would have knit through the mistakes and said “how come I have so many stitches here?!”

  10. I am also working on the Amelia cardigan,. A quick question, Did you do you p2tog at markers 3 and 6? I love this pattern. Thanks for the post :)


    • Hi Mary Anne — that post was from 2009 and I am sorry to say I can’t remember where I did the p2tog’s. I also gave it as a gift, so I don’t have it here to check. Good luck with your project, it really is a great cardigan!

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