Musings about patterns
If you've ever finished a project that just didn't turn out. Don't automatically blame the pattern.
Now, I'm not saying that you should blame yourself either, but...
A pattern is simply a recipe. You might be someone that can't eat too much sodium, so you change the amount of salt in the dish. You may decide you like green peppers and not red peppers. You may have an oven that runs a few degrees warmer than a "normal" oven, so you have to adjust the time of cooking suggested. These little modifications happen when you cook more or try more recipies. You just learn what you like and what works best for your family, in your kitchen. Sometimes a recipe simply doesn't work for you so you try it again next time with less of something, or more of something. That's part of the fun of cooking right? You land on just the right dish that becomes a family favorite.
The same thing happens with a pattern. It's simply a recipe.
You may knit/crochet tighter than the pattern designer, so your item will be smaller, unless you go up a needle size. You may have a taller head than the pattern designer, so you'll need to add a repeat or another inch to a hat pattern. You may decide to make something out of an alpaca instead of a wool, so you may have to make modifications because the yarn is different. Like cooking from a recipe, the more you knit/crochet, the more you will learn what you need to do to make the pattern work for you. And yes, sometimes patterns don't work for you. Sometimes you'll rip it all out and start over. Sometimes you'll donate that too small hat instead. Sometimes you'll try it again, with a different yarn or needle or hook size. That's part of the fun of knitting and crochet right?
My point? Don't write off a pattern if it doesn't work for you the first time. Maybe you need to try again with a little more of this, or a little less of that. Who knows, it might become a family favorite.
Hey Christie, look at how young we were...behind your giant sweater:)