I know it will be a small sample but I am very interested in any comments you may have about
- Whether you think one way of doing things is more correct?
- Whether you find one way of doing things more to your taste?
- Does inconsistency, like that below, in patterns really bug you?
This applies with regard to adding or leaving out spaces in different circumstances, adding an ‘s’ for multiple stitches. e.g. 3trs and also what to write for slip stitch.
I have noticed in the past that I am not always consistent in the way I write my patterns and one of the things this applies to is using gaps between numbers and stitches.
I had decided that I would start creating pdfs for some of my more popular free patterns and include them on Ravelry instead of simply directing people to my blog.
Writing out the pattern for my Dice Bag come Tray in full. I suddenly realised that I wasn’t sure whether it was more correct to write (8 sts) or (8sts).
Then I started to think about whether it is more correct to write 3ch or 3 ch, or even 3chs or 3 chs.
Looking back on some of my patterns I can see all sorts of inconsistencies.
So which is better?
Here there are inconsistencies for spacing with even the same sort of stitches. 6ch no space, 6 ch with a space.
I have come to favour the no space approach at least for chains and the various stitches but is that best?
As you can see: here I also add an ‘s’ for =2trs but 5tr has no ‘s’.
When I wrote the instructions for the circle of earth for my African Violets pattern, I was firmly of a belief that the ‘s’ was necessary.
Recently though when writing things like 3chs, I thought it looked wrong and removed all of the spaces except maybe in lines that were meant to be read conversationally but included abbreviations.
So is it better to add an ‘s’ or is 2dc just as correct and maybe clearer?
How to add instructions for slip stitches has had me increasingly anxious.
Originally I felt that I was used to ss in knitting patterns meaning slip stitch and so I used it in my crochet patterns,
What do you find clearest when describing a slip stitch?
At least my Spectrum blanket pattern that is the one most recently published is consistent as far as it goes.