Would you be frustrated?
Several of us from my S&B group signed up to take this shawl class. One of the ladies there designed it. The only way to get the pattern is to take the class - 2 classes - total $30. Normally, I find that price just fine. First off our “teacher” was a good 45 min late to the class - said she thought it started 30 min later than it did plus she got caught in traffic. We handled it well with no “tudes.” Then she/they couldn’t find the “corrected” pattern so we got a copy of one with hand written corrections.
When we finally got around to starting it was a basic CO with basic increases until we got to the different techniques of dividing our stitches (for double knitting I think it’s called) for a “pocket,” then more increasing and finally short-rowing. By the time we completed the basic beginning and we needed help, it was time to leave. Now she didn’t end the class so to speak - said we could stay and work. But I didn’t plan on being there over 3 hrs for the class. I planned 2 hrs.
Fast forward to later in the evening at home - trying to decipher this pattern has been a challenge to say the least. Three of us (one who is 73 and has been knitting nearly all her life and has done some of everything) have had a devil of a time making sense of this pattern. It has taken all three of us to figure out what we’re supposed to do. The pattern is correct it’s just badly written - not easy to understand at all.
Another frustration - I’ve done short rows before (washcloth) but by the time I noticed the “holes” in my work (one of my S&B friends pointed it out b/c they are more noticeable with her yarn) it’s too late to rip it out and start again. (I’ve already done that once after using nearly 200 yds on ball 1 b/c of confusion with the pattern.) I researched how to avoid holes with short rows and found several techniques. I wish she had offered that option at our first class.
This lady is in her 80’s and told us she designed this pattern years ago. I also wish she had told us to start the project and be at the point where the different techniques were to be used. We could’ve saved two hours of just sitting there and doing basic knitting. I didn’t pay $15 to just sit there and knit. When asked what point we should be at for the 2nd class she said, “oh it doesn’t matter. Just wherever you are will be fine.” ??
Don’t get me wrong. She’s nice as can be and fun to be around but I thought I was paying for instruction. Basically I feel like I paid $30 for a poorly written pattern.