I can’t believe you guys haven’t commented on all the posts I wrote in my head. So rude.
So, I’m having a dilemma as a knitwear designer and I need your opinions.
Yesterday I was on a Ravelry forum for another designer, in a thread called “[pattern name] help needed.” The text of the post was basically, “What does KFB mean?” Now, I don’t have that particular pattern (I ended up at that thread by clicking ‘next’) but I know it is an intermediate level pattern, and I was stunned that anyone would buy an intermediate pattern when they don’t recognize the standard abbreviation for one of the most common increases used in knitting.
Now, let me say a couple of things.
- I don’t think any less of someone who doesn’t know abbreviations–I just think they are probably a beginner, not intermediate.
- I think challenging yourself as a knitter is important, which can mean trying a pattern that is a little more advanced than you think you are (most knitters are more advanced than they give themselves credit for).
So, here’s my dilemma. I don’t put a list of abbreviations on my patterns. I explain unusual or complicated stitches and techniques, such as applied i-cord, but I assume the knitter knows what abbreviations like K, P, K2TOG, and KFB mean. I think I am wrong.
I really don’t want to add a legend to my patterns, but I want to address this so that anyone who buys my patterns can knit them.
Here are my ideas:
- Suck it up and add a legend.
- Create a document with a list of abbreviations and distribute it for free on my website.
- Create said document and distribute it as a secondary PDF with all Ravelry purchases.
I’ve actually been planning to create the document necessary for the second/third options, because I need it for a teaching tool. I am moderately annoyed at the idea of distributing information that anyone can get by googling, but I also really do want to help make knitting accessible.
What do you guys think?