August 26, 2011

Anyone else?

I mentioned the fact I have trouble making sense of traditional crochet patterns because my issues with dyslexia force me to concentrate on the abbreviations so much, I often miss the meat of the instructions. And I'm wondering, am I the only one who has this problem?

I know I'm not the only dyslexic. Statistically speaking about 20% of the population has dyslexia according to the literature Hubby was studying during his Orton-Gillingham* training. I'm just not sure if I'm the only one who gets tripped up trying to make heads or tails out of traditional knitting and crochet patterns. I mean, it's not like I've heard many other crafters complain of issues with patterns.

So, am I the only one?

* Orton-Gillingham tutors are ones trained specifically to help dyslexics gain reading, verbal, and mathematical fluency. The whole first half of the training is learning about the cause of dyslexia and the myriad of issues, both beneficial and detrimental, this cross-wiring can cause.


  1. I have dyscalculia, which is essentially dyslexia with numbers. It messes with my spatial sense of direction, my ability to estimate or calculate, say, how much yarn I need, my ability to remember steps in order, etc. I have to say I hate the abbreviations too, though. I have to translate them in my head every time and it slows my knitting down, darn it!

  2. Numbers are the worst! I'm more severely dysgraphic than dyslexic, and it shows mostly with numbers. I think them right, but I write them wrong. I inverse numbers on either side of a decimal or fraction. Double or triple checking is a necessity, but there's a point where you can't double check enough. Otherwise my degree would have been in chemistry rather than English.

    It does slow things down, doesn't it. I have gone through and tried writing out steps without the abbreviations, which helps, but still have to go back and reread the steps every few minutes.