I've seen other threads about so many errors being in knitting books.
It's an important point, I feel, since it seems as though publishers are expecting the public to test out and "proof-read" their publications for them, and then they take the readers' corrections to print a more correct second edition. What in the world could they be thinking?
I'm right smack in the middle of writing a knitting book about how to design your own cotton knits and it just never would have occurred to me not to test and fine-tune the patterns, check and double check that the instructions are clear, the text is correct and generally put out a publication that the readers could safely use to get the product shown.
I've been pretty fortunate in that I've not come across a lot of books with many errors but the few I have found have been extremely unsettling, especially the ones that are teaching a method for something that I'm trying to learn.
This ranks right up there, among my pet peeves, with center pull balls that don't pull!!! So many times I've started a project with about a third of the ball lying on the sofa and then having to fish through it to find the end of the yarn!!! :gah: Years ago that was NEVER a problem. A center pull ball really pulled easily and smoothly from the center. And for many years I NEVER found an error in a pattern.
Perhaps the most effective thing we can do as the buyers of books and patterns is write or e-mail the publisher with a complaint about the poor quality of the publications. It's our money, our time and our frustration that is being used up, and wasted, by such poor quality products.
OK, OK - end of rant! But thanks for bringing it up!
Meanwhile, I wish everyone a happy holiday season!