We have a love hate relationship with designing patterns.
Sometimes its so easy.
Sometimes the pattern ideas just come to us and we can sit down and work them out with relative ease. Sometimes the work is harder. Sometimes we work on a project over and over, changing needle sizes, ripping out, backing up, redoing...until it's as good as we can get.
We try to imagine any question or issue that the knitter or crocheter may have. Do we have the abbreviations correct, are there any typos? Is there a way to say something or do sometime more simply. We read it and re read it. We have a sample or two made by someone else. When we think we have it good enough, we publish.
Inevitably, there is something. A typo (GAH!), a mistake in the stitch count (OYE!), an abbreviation we overlooked (SHEESH!). So, we make a change to the pattern, revise it, and republish. All the time hoping that the people who need to see the revision, see it. We hope that they aren't too crabby when they find out about the oversight and contact us:)
So, you'll understand why many patterns have a cost to them. Patterns take time, energy, and many times money (in sample knitters and yarn) to develop. We hope you appreciate the value of a well written pattern.
Anyway...that's a long way around telling you that we know the importance of a good pattern. We love that you give ours a try. We are thrilled when you post your pattern images and love seeing your finished products. Thanks.