Trusting the Pattern

Have you ever had the experience of starting a project and getting to a point where the next steps don’t quite make sense? This happened to me recently when I was working the Colorblock Sweater for my son. As I finished the yoke the pattern references that the different stitch markers represent different sections of the sweater… front, back, left and right sleeve. And looking at my round of knitted work I just couldn’t envision it. These are the times that I turn to Ravelry.

The top of a knit sweater in progress
Hmmm… which is the front?

I had researched the pattern before I started. It was my first attempt at a sweater, and being a perfectionist I knew that if I bit off more than I could chew it would turn me off sweaters for a long time (case in point, the five years between my first pair of socks and my second pair of socks.)

I looked over others projects for the pattern. None of the comments said “yeah, great pattern except where it gets totally lost at the end of the yoke!” All of the pictures were of beautiful finished objects, and and given that the pattern is in multiple languages I figured the odds of it having major technical issues is pretty slim. I needed to trust the pattern, and even though I couldn’t envision where I was going, I kept knitting.

Partially completed sweater blocked with wires and pins
An in progress mini-blocking session to help me orient myself.

Spoiler alert – my finished sweater is great, and my trust in the pattern was well founded. I also learned that I am a visual knitter. I love to have diagrams or pictures showing what is happening at transition points.

The completed sweater.

I was also reminded of how important a resource Ravelry is for me, and that given how much I rely ¬†on it, I need to do a much better job of noting and commenting on the patterns I complete. Selecting a smiley face just doesn’t cut it, especially with some of the more complicated patterns I’ve worked.