Are knitters in the 21st century lazier than in the past? Or less bright? This subject comes up occasionally on Ravelry and gets people VERY defensive but I do wonder sometimes what has changed over the last 50 years.
I remember when women’s magazines always had a knitting pattern, and that it covered no more than 2 pages, with photograph. I downloaded a free pattern last year which was 7 pages long.
A complicated fair-isle sweater in 8 sizes maybe? No. A baby’s bib. An item that hardly needs a pattern at all except I wanted the motif on the front of it. SEVEN PAGES for a baby bib.
I’ve seen shawl patterns of more than 10 pages. And remember that if we’re downloading them, then WE are providing the paper and ink.
It’s rare now to see a pattern which has instructions for Left Front saying “As Right Front but reverse shaping”. Or AT THE SAME TIME do such and such. People seem to want row-by-row instructions. And some complain bitterly if they don’t receive them.
Are we more stupid? Or lazier? Or are we just in the habit of getting manuals for everything with step-by-step instructions?
Don’t have the answer I’m afraid.