Question: What to do when you get confused with complex patterns?
Often one looses the place in a pattern. That is why I developed scrapbooked patterns, which left on the iPad or computer easily hold your place, where you left off. The layout of a scrapbooked pattern reminds you what part you are working on. For example: The text it is written such that you push along to the end of your screen and that will hold your place. You also have little ” landmarks” such as a little bow or other graphic to keep visually tabs on where you have already been in the pattern. Since I am the only one, who makes patterns like this, one does lose their place following patterns.
If you are interested how a scrapbook pattern looks like, I am glad to send you a free sample. Pattern makers: If you are interested in making your patterns in a scrapbook format, you can do the trial and error learning like I did for a few years, or I am glad to scrapbook your pattern for you for a small fee for my time. I am also glad to network with you in selling patterns.
One thing you can do is to print your pattern like in the old days. Then use a ruler to gently nudge along as you work. If you work with patterns that have a lot of brackets, you can take a piece of paper and a pencil and make a tally marks every time you completed a bracket or step. You can also keep track with tally marks for rows and rounds.
One can use a stitch marker, office clip or safety pin to make the spot. Since I am KNOWN to be impatient and hate to fool with unimportant stuff, I use a nylon thread with a knot on one end, which I lay between the stitches to be marked. When done, I pull it out. The thread is long enough to make all the spots in one row. The knot on one end makes sure it will not pull out prematurely. http://patternstriedandtrue.org/1274/
It really just best to follow patterns that are “developed”, instead of written for detailed row upon row. What I mean by that: if you have complex patterns and see the LOGIC in the sequence ahead of time, it is much easier to follow. The Japanese pattern makers often just draw symbols, so you easily can follow the diagram.
Hope this helps you make beautiful, intricate things.
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