When I was learning to cook I used to swear by Delia Smith, because I knew that if I followed what she said to the letter that whatever I was making would turn out OK.
Now I am learning to crochet I am in desperate need of the same sort of reliable character to place my trust in when staring a crochet pattern. It is not just that crochet patterns are written in their own special code, lots of them seem to be hugely over complicated for what they are trying to achieve, almost none of them explain what you are doing (they just tell you to do it) and some of them are just plain wrong.
My latest project is from Nicki Trench’s ‘Cute and easy crocheted baby clothes’. It is a lovely book with lots of attractive pictures, and some original ideas for baby clothes that look worth making. However that is where my praise ends, as the pattern I am trying to follow is full of mistakes. So far I have found two sleeves with different numbers of stitches (28 then 23, or in the larger size 28 then 25!) and an incorrect stitch count (8 + 2 + 28 + 2 = 36?). When you factor in missing stitch counts and a complete lack of explanations it undermines my confidence that the project will ever work out.
So who is the Delia Smith of crochet? Where can I get a crochet pattern that makes sense, and is guaranteed to work?