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August 19th, 2008

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03:33 pm - It's all the phrasing.
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Let me say, before I get into the phrasing issue I think this piece has, that I actually find the piece itself pretty nice. It looks like it fits, and while I'm not wild about the double ruffle, I don't find it completely overwhelming. The color combo is pleasant as well.

My issue with this piece is all about the description:

This crocheted top is easy enough for anyone to make! Tiny cable twists create exquisite shaping without fancy calculations. Featuring the debut of The Crochet Dude's color combo called "Drewbilation" from Tilli Tomas.

It's the term "fancy calculations" used in a way that sounds rude in my head. What are these "fancy calculations" the Crochet Dude speaks of? Where do they come from? Because, for me, all the calculations in crochet are pretty simple. I get X stitches per inch. I need something that is Y stitches around. X(Y)=number of stitches I need. That's basic pre-Algebra.

I think one of the biggest issues with crochet and garments is the lack of crocheters wanting to multiply a few simple numbers. By labeling said simple numbers as "fancy calculations", I feel like the guy is giving crocheters permission to continue to ignore the very simple math that could take their boxy sweater to a lovely top.

The most aggravating part about this is the pattern designer had to use some form of math to get the numbers needed to fit the top on the model. Which leads me into wondering if the back of that thing is actually done.

On a related sidenote, for a guy that likes going by "Crochet Dude", he sure does love naming his stuff after himself. [The yarn color blend is "Drewbilation", and he has a set of "Drew-String" purse patterns for sale.]
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Date:August 19th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
My impression of this is that:
1) By "fancy calculations," he's actually referring to something like waist shaping, which has to do with change and slopes, which would technically be calculus or at least geometry. Not difficult, but yes, something to do that is fairly difficult for some people.
2) The tiny crochet cables seem to be having a similar effect to ribbing in knitting. As in, you make the piece want to pull in all over, so it pulls in where you want it to (for example, waist) and it stretches out where it doesn't need to pull in (for example, bust). If you rib something all over, it's form-fitting everywhere without having to resort to "fancy calculations" for shaping.
That said, I agree that his description is a bit reminiscent of Barbie saying "Math is hard!" Come on, people, it's just a little math. :)
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Date:August 19th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
That said, I agree that his description is a bit reminiscent of Barbie saying "Math is hard!" Come on, people, it's just a little math. :)

And that's where I was trying to get my point to go. You did it much more concisely.

I'm all for using a trick like ribbing or cabling to cut down on the amount of increasing and decreasing, but even that requires some math to make sure your numbers are right, you know?
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Date:August 20th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I feel, as a man, that I should support him. But I just can't. I can't. He's published like 3 books of WASHCLOTH patterns. I don't like almost anything he does. He's supposed to be innovative or something, but his names and color combos are dumb. Don't get me started on the "wall hanging"
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Date:August 20th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
He's got a couple of interesting purses, but other than that, I find him yawn-worthy. I'm all for a fun pun when you can make it work, but "do your vest"? Really? And those vests remind me of my grandmother.

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