I love questions. It lets me know someone is using one of my patterns, which is awesome. But in an effort to spare you having to wait for me to respond, let me tell you the two most common problems I get.
- Missing rows: A few patterns have the same thing happening on every wrong-side row. So that instruction isn’t written out every time—this is a common pattern notation. The first wrong-side row (usually row 2) will look like this:
Row 2 (and all wrong side rows): K2, p to last 2 st, k2.
Sometimes people miss that all wrong side rows bit, then they can’t figure out why some later rows aren’t mentioned.
- Wrong stitch counts: This is usually caused by overlooking an increase or decrease in the pattern, and the messages I get about it are often people tersely informing me that the pattern is wrong. It’s trickier to help with, because I can’t look at your work and point out the problem. But if your stitch count is coming out wrong and you can’t figure out why, give me details about what’s happening and I’ll do my best to help.
In any case, please ask questions if you’re having trouble! I love knitting, and I want others to love it, too. And it’s pretty damn hard to love something that’s making you want to kill it with fire because you can’t figure out what’s going wrong.
Two other great resources for general how-tos are YouTube (sometimes nothing beats being able to actually watch a technique demonstration) and Ravelry.com (where I go first when trying to find a pattern or just get ideas for what to knit next).
Last note: I ALWAYS respond. If I don’t respond, I didn’t get your message, or my reply to you got bounced due to a bad email address (this has happened more than once, and when it does I have no way of responding. So if you don’t get a reply, please try again.