As you may be aware, I write and sell crochet patterns on Etsy, like a lot of other people do. Being that I spend a lot of time working on my own crochet patterns, I don't often get the time to crochet other things. Add this to the fact that I'm hard-core trained in the art of being poor, the likelihood of me shelling out for a crochet pattern is pretty low. So, I saw a pattern for a pair of fingerless gloves on Etsy that just stole my heart away, these
I hearted this pattern. I looked at it over and over, and eventually I figured out how it worked, in basic terms, and I took a shot at crocheting it myself, patternless. I used a beautiful purple merino wool (so soft!) and I probably spent about
four hours getting to this point:
Not bad, right? But not good. It's alright, and I think I prefer the smaller stitches on the straight hand covering part, but I just look at it and see where it falls short of the original. The trouble is, there are so many unknowns, like the size of hook, or the weight of the yarn, or where the pattern even starts that would be revealed if I had the pattern but would take me weeks of playing around with every possible
permutation before I'd be happy with it.
Since I sell my crochet work, I tend to measure the hours I spend crocheting in the money I would earn if I were at work. If I've spent four hours on this so far, that's about 24 quid at minimum wage, and this pattern costs three pounds twenty. That's five measly dollars. I can't remember how long ago I first saw these gloves, but it's taken me this long, and writing this blog post for me to realise that I should just pay the nice lady for her hard work and stop wasting more time. I'm going to do it. And I'll post them up for FO Friday when I eventually get them finished. I'm hoping that'll be before winter. Exciting!