OK, fellow crocheters/crafters, I have a question for you. Whenever I leave feedback for various things I always try to leave positive feedback. Right now I’m having a dilemma. I bought a pattern recently from an Etsy shop. I won’t say what shop, but I will say I had not bought from this person before so didn’t know what to expect. Based on my experience buying from other Etsy shops, I was expecting a very nicely written pattern with detailed instructions. Well, I have come to find out that is not always the case. The pattern I bought was about twice the price of patterns I’ve bought at other Etsy shops. Another reason I was expecting a well written pattern. IMHO, this pattern is horribly written. I have crocheted for 37 years, and have been reading patterns for almost as long. I am pretty sure I have not come across a pattern as poorly written as this one. If I hadn’t been crocheting for this long, I know this pattern would drive me nuts. I’d probably toss it aside and just not make the item.
I have looked at the Etsy shop for other reviews to see if others might have had this problem. For the pattern I bought these are the feedback messages from those who left feedback:
- Great pattern! Thank you! Very quick response!
- Sweet Pattern
I don’t want to be dissing somebody’s pattern, but I can hardly fathom I would be the only person who would find this pattern lacking in so many areas. So…should I leave feedback and, as gently as possible, let her know that I find the pattern lacking and point out why? Or do I just not bother leaving feedback? Part of me wants to just forget about it, but the other part thinks she ought to know. To charge that much for something, the pattern should be well written and not leave the maker wondering what is meant. And I don’t mean I have to wonder occasionally. There are lots of places where I literally have to stop and then from looking at the picture and knowing what I know about crochet, I have to pretty much interpret the pattern so I know what she means.
So, I ask you….what would you do in this situation?