This post will be about the Cape Sleeved Cardi which is a free pattern available at Caron yarns here. I am very appreciative that someone likes my design well enough to spend hours and hours and hours demonstrating the entire crocheting of the garment on YouTube. The videos are separated into three parts so I know how much work went into them. Just watching them will take over 1-1/2 hours. That doesn’t take into account the extra time prepping and re-takes. However, it has caused me nothing but grief.
Someone has committed a lot of time to make three videos showing how to do the entire Cape Sleeved Cardi. That is a lot of work. And, wow! Potentially very helpful. However, she has made mistakes that have generated questions like this one that I received last night:
“I have some DK weight yarn in my stash. Can I use it instead of Super Saver?”
I was dumbfounded by the question because the pattern is written in DK weight yarn, not aran weight yarn (Super Saver). Through investigation, I finally discovered why I was getting such strange questions.
The videos aren’t just casual videos. She has a huge YouTube channel and 12,000 subscribers. That is a lot of “fall out” which is coming to me.
1) She has done the stitch incorrectly. I work into a different bar of the stitch. And, this is just like Tunisian, you can work in any old bar to produce the stitch. That part will only affect the stitch cosmetically. However, she has shown how to do a treble stitch, not a double treble. I don’t know. Maybe when the stitches get high enough, people think it doesn’t matter. You can just do any old stitch in there and call it a day. But, in truth, it is like telling people to replace a double crochet with a single crochet. Imagine the difference in gauge after 10 repeats of that. When she was asked in comments why she has only 4 loops on her hook when the pattern says 5 loops, she simply said that is how she learned it and it is correct. People are coming to me because they can’t get gauge, which isn’t unusual except now I’ve got all these people who can’t get gauge because they’re working the wrong stitch.
2) While I am mortified that someone has done the pattern in an aran weight yarn and then were confused that the finished item could practically stand up by itself, I could let that part go. Of course, it makes me look like an idiot who can’t design clothing. But, I can let that part go.
In the end, I already get a lot of emails from people about my designs. I am fielding questions constantly. I can’t keep up with the questions I am receiving due to this misinformation.
The last couple of weeks, I feel like I have answered some of the most bizarre questions about this design. I have stayed up all hours of the night responding to questions. I have spent hours and hours answering questions. And, while I don’t mind answering questions, the sheer numbers of emails I have received with questions that made no sense has been overwhelming. I can’t get any work done. I was literally up until 4 am dealing with this and got up 5 hours later and I’m still dealing with this. I don’t know what to do about it. I can’t go on this way. I can’t get any work done because I’m answering questions due to the misinformation given in these videos.
I’m sorry, guys. As much as I love the internet, it has also proven to be a curse. It is the bane of my existence right now. And, I am so ready to simply throw in the towel and admit defeat.