A while ago, I bought some crochet patterns on etsy. Sock monkey hat, cow hat, and a really cool blanket. My first clue that I was going to have trouble was that it took me a whole week just to get the PDF patterns. I had to report the seller just to get the patterns. I hated doing it, but I paid money for something and expect what I paid for.
I have made a few of the sock monkey hats and decided after the last one that I shouldn't even have to credit this chick as being the designer of the hat. I had to modify all of it. If you crochet it up exactly the way she wrote the pattern, it's way too small. If you make an adult hat, it fits a small child. And the facial features are only sized for a newborn hat. Way too small for anything but.
Last night I decided to give the blanket a try. It's supposed to be 7 panels consisting of 3 crocheted strips woven together. It looks super cool in the picture. I started the first strip, following the pattern exactly. From what I could tell from the picture, the strips are supposed to be zig zags. What I got was a squared spiral. There's no way they'd weave together correctly. So I figured out how to make zig zags on my own. I made three strips and wove them together and started trying to use the pattern again to finish the panel. It's completely nonsense. So now I have to go back to square one and see if I can't pretty much design my own blanket out because I really want a blanket like this and I am determined to figure it out.
I'm afraid to even bother with the cow pattern. It's cute, but going on the other two patterns, I may as well knot up a bunch of black and white yarn and throw it at my kids.
2 hours ago