It's been a quiet day today, doing not very much! I'm still rather shattered after yesterday, so it's recovery time before work tomorrow.
Thinking I wanted something quiet and relaxing, but productive, to do, I decided to work on my other test knit; not the unending 4ply cardigan of doom, but the worsted cardigan that should be nice and quixk and easy (in comparison!). I'm knitting it in lovely yarn, in a pretty shaade of green. I'm excited about knitting it, because it's going to be snuggly and cosy and pretty; a neat trick, in my book!
I've tried, I really have. But I cannot, cannot understand what the pattern is getting at. I'm following it to the best of my ability and understanding, as any knitter would do, but I can already see that it's not coming out as it should. Now, an experienced knitter (which I'm not, particularly) may well be able to read the pattern, understand exactly what it means and intends, and be absolutely fine. And presumably, judging by the other testers, this is indeed the case. But - and maybe I'm wrong here, but I feel fairly strongly that I'm not - I don't feel they should have to. In my opinion, patterns should be presented in a way that is clearly laid out and easy to understand. Any knitter (within reason; maybe not if they've literally just picked up a pair of needles and some yarn for the very first time) should be able to look at that pattern and understand what's needed. Things should be explained fully and comprehensibly.
Unfortunately, in this case, it just isn't. And, as a test knitter for the pattern, I feel I've had to highlight this as a problem. But I don't like doing it; I don't like essentially having to say to someone "I'm sorry, but I feel your pattern needs completely rewriting." I have done it, and I've phrased it as nicely as I can, but I still feel bad about it. I think, though, that I'd feel worse if I didn't say anything, and the pattern was released while still being essentially unknittable (in my experience, and presumably I wouldn't be the only one). I just hope the designer feels the same way...