i have always been a book girl. and for that reason when it comes to knitting i am also a book girl – with a magazine here and there for good measure. imagine my surprise when i started working at a yarn store and realized that not everybody is like me!
seriously, i think the only individual pattern i have ever bought is fiber trends felted clogs pattern. i knew what i was looking for, that this was a very high quality pattern, and i had seen tons of lovely pairs of them around.
and i guess that’s one thing that individual patterns have over books – the quality can be assured. they can be edited and sent out in a different form later if needed. the felted clog pattern? they made the clogs more narrow in subsequent versions. also, it’s easier to edit one pattern than a whole book load while on a deadline. and, i must say, there is something to be said about having control over your patterns. someone told me the other day that the whole reason elizabeth zimmermann stopped publishing her patterns in magazines and such was that the editors kept changing her patterns.
so, there are scads of people who just want to have their one pattern, their yarn, and their needles and they’d be perfectly happy. my curiousity is peaked – what are you like? do you favor books? individual patterns? magazines? some mixture? why is that your preference? and what do you think of individual patterns? i feel that there are some very high quality patterns now coming out by indie designers. with the increased number and the high quality of such patterns, it is my belief is that they are destined to keep increasing. with the promised pdf deliverer for indie designers that is due soon on ravelry, are we looking at a designer driven revolution? let us wait and see. if so, i plan to be in the thick of it.