just because I'm curious- a poll

Do you crochet?

  • yes
  • no

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What category of crochet? (choose all that apply)

  • clothing/garments
  • other wearable items (hats, socks, scarves, etc)
  • toys
  • home goods (decor or utility)

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How would you classify amigurumi?

  • it’s just crochet, like all other crochet
  • it’s different from other crochet and requires different skills

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Do you answer calls for help with a crochet project, even if you are aware that you do not actually know the answer?

  • yes
  • no

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Have you applied for tester calls that you did not finish? (check all that apply)

  • no, it has never happened
  • yes, because I misunderstood what was being asked of me
  • yes, because I was made aware of more conditions after I applied
  • yes, because I lost interest
  • yes, because I wanted to feel included
  • yes, because unavoidable circumstances prevented me

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When faced with a “bad” pattern (free, paid, or testing) what do you do (check all that apply)

  • nothing
  • report the pattern to the team
  • contact the designer

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I have two things to add in for my responses. 1) i do have some testing patterns i have not finished bc i still have time. 2) i have not come across “bad” patterns yet

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In my mind, for having to report the team about a pattern being bad, it would have to actually be so bad that it’s not useable and not work in any way shape or form, or the designer would have to be unresponsive. I always try to let the designer know if something’s wrong. But yes, some patterns really are that bad O.o that’s why even if a pattern comes from another platform and is being converted, I think it’s worth having someone look at it at least.

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Just wanted to add some things because fun

So like category one I just picked toys because mostly make amigurumi and like small amigurumi bag charms, but I’ve made like 2 hats and working on first cardigan :tada:(and there’s a scarf project that has been on hold for a long time, same with blanket), and like I made 1 really pretty bag recently for my mom with crochet and sewing (anyway point being that idk of just making 1 or 2 qualifies)

Ohh and about the question with offering help even if you don’t know the answer, I was a little surprised with the votes, like I just feel like even if I don’t fully know, maybe even a little info can be helpful and together can solve it or at least try

And for the bad pattern one it kinda depends on what way bad, like if there’s some mistakes I’ll let the designer know and usually have the solution ready (like a stitch count or whatever easy stuff that you already adjust yourself while working through the pattern), but if it’s bad in a way that it seems like it’s stolen or a bad copy, then it’s definitely a report

And the amigurumi being regular crochet, isn’t it like the same stitches but with a tighter tension or smaller hook?

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for me, it would be “contact the designer first” unless it breaks some sort of rule…like I have started seeing patterns that don’t have a pattern or interactive chart, it is literally just the PDF for you to purchase and load… or if it is so bad that I think the designer would not understand what they even did wrong.

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Oh my… even my patterns that are chart only have the built in Ribblr chart and some instructions on how to read charts :open_mouth: a completely patternless pattern… that’s crazy! I have yet to come across that.

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offering help- this one really irritates me. You correct a problem by doing it correctly. If you do not know how to do it correctly then you have not only not helped that person, but you didn’t learn the correct way either because that person will stop looking for the answer.
amigurumi-it is yarn, it is sc, you do learn how to count…but I think it is as different from regular crochet as tunisian is

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I have 2 chart only patterns, but they are the interactive chart and can be applied to any craft… but I have started running across people trying to get around the rules and just load a pdf…I assume that is why the new publishing pop-up specifies that you have the interactive instructions included

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It’s the camel’s nose!!

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Maybe you’re irritated….:face_with_raised_eyebrow: :face_with_monocle::stuck_out_tongue::scream:
Still love ya! :heart::heart::crazy_face:

Sometimes people ask for help and what they are really asking for is reassurance that they are on the right path.
Even if I don’t know the answer right off the bat:
I respond:
to reassure
To understand the question better
To get clarification of what’s needed
To help person reframe their question/request for help ‘better’.

Many times when I don’t know the answer but am able to provide resources for them to use to answer the question.

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Yeah, I specifically meant “do you offer the solution, even though you are aware that you don’t know the answer” that truly irritates me.
How many times have you read, “oh, I don’t know, maybe you should try a bigger hook”

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Yeah. It’s definitely different. Amigurumi focuses more on becoming really good at a select set of skills, while other crochet pieces are more about mastering different techniques and making them work well together!

Both are an unique art form :blush:

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Yes, this is where people think they know something and think they’re qualified to provide an answer. They do more harm than any good.

I’m glad we’re having this discussion.
( See…I understand the intent of your question better).

I learned ( thanks to the alcoholic father Veterans Health Administration) to not answer unless I can back up my answer with a reference or through the filter of intimate knowledge of the principles involved).

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In no way have I said that one is superior to the other just like I don’t say that about knitting vs crochet. But there is a huge difference between making ami and making a well fitted garment or doily

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I’m confused, I didn’t say you said that!

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I know you didn’t, just wanted to put that out there. I can think that ami is not regular crochet without thinking it is less

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But I was agreeing with you :sob: now I’m really confused what in my message didn’t go through right

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I crocheted everything you could think of except garments for 14 years, amigurumi requires a different set of skills within crochet AND

FREAKING SEWING !!!

FREAKING STUFFING!!!

And the worst
EMBROIDERY !!!

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It didn’t, it was in addition to

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Lol. It also does not require things like gauge

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