Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that customers email me with. If you don’t see your question or problem below, feel free to Contact Me.
1. How do I pay for my patterns?
Payment is made securely through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make your payment, they just process the payments. Through PayPal you will have options to use credit cards or having money withdrawn from a bank account (e-check). Please note that if you pay with e-check, the process takes several business days to clear and will hold up the download process.
2. How are my patterns delivered?
Patterns are delivered via pdf download. Immediately upon successful payment through PayPal you will receive a separate email from me with your download links in it. If you do not get this email with your links in it, please contact me. Also, you may log into Your Account Page. From this page you will see a list of all orders placed with me. When you view your order you will see links to download your pattern(s).
Please add my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your contact list to avoid my emails going to your spam folder. If you haven’t received the email with your download links, please check your spam/junk mail folder first.
3. Why do I have to create a username and password to checkout?
You need to create an account on the website when you make a purchase with me so that you may download your patterns. You will receive an email with download links in it. But if that email is delayed, or if you would like to re-download your patterns, you log in to Your Account Page and you will be able to download your patterns from there.
4. What type of yarn should I use?
I recommend Worsted Weight 100% Cotton such as Peaches ‘n Cream or Sugar ‘n Cream. If you are not using the pattern as a dishcloth and instead using it for an afghan square, then your preferred Worsted Weight yarn will do.
5. What size of needles should I use?
I recommend US size 7 needles for the average knitter. This is for a cloth that you intend to use as a dishcloth. The tighter you knit the cloth, the more the design will pop out. However, I’ve found that tightly knit cloths also have a problem with becoming smelly when you use them. Slightly looser knit ones dry out better in between uses.
Needle size is becoming more and more of a personal preference, weighing your options between how much you want the design to pop out and how usable you would like your cloth to be. Trial and error will help you to decide which your preferred needle size is.
I am a very loose knitter and use size 6 needles usually. My cloths are not knit overly tight and I still see the designs well.
6. What size are your patterns? How many stitches wide/rows tall are your patterns?
My dishcloth patterns are all about 9 inches square depending upon your gauge. I design most of my cloths to be 37 stitches wide and 55 rows tall. Some of my patterns are 38 stitches wide and 57 rows tall to help with centering the pattern.
7. I’ve just started knitting this pattern and I think there’s a big mistake in it.
I chart all my designs out on graph paper as part of the designing process and then transcribe from there. As a result, my patterns are written as if reading from a chart – from the bottom right corner and up. As you are knitting, you will notice there is (almost always) a stockinette stitch background and a garter stitch design. Your stockinette side is the right side of the cloth – although many patterns look good from both sides – and as you knit each row you will see the design begin to emerge from the bottom. If you compare to the photo on the pattern, they should match.
My patterns have all been test knit and very rarely do they get published with mistakes in them. However it does happen occasionally. If you think you have found a mistake, please contact me.
8. How many cloths can I knit from a ball of Peaches ‘n Cream or Sugar ‘n Cream?
This answer depends upon how tight of a knitter you are, how small of a needle you are using and if you are knitting cloths that cast on 37 stitches, 38 stitches or one of each.
I personally can just make two cloths of 38 stitches wide using smaller size 5 needles from one ball of yarn. There are only inches left over though, and I have run out on occasion. If I am making two cloths that are 37 stitches wide with smaller needles I have a couple of yards of yarn left over.