I'm gonna check that out, Hissy, I'm just having bad luck with forums. These are patterns I own, and I expect to replace one because it is damaged but I was hoping someone would be kind and e-mail me the other, but I got rather snappy answers instead.
The one I need to replace is for a vest knitted with rather expensive novelty yarns. It's done in mitered-corner squares, that is, you start at the outside of the square and make a decrease in the center so that the colors make stripes along one side and the bottom. If I could think of the designer's name I could probably find the pattern, because she did a whole bunch of patterns based on that square.
The one I was hoping someone could send me is from a book called "Knitting in Plain English" I think by Maggie Rigghetti. She takes the reader through a series of lessons but at the end you have actual items, two of which are a baby sweater and hat. I used to make the sweater all the time for other people's kids (cheap baby gift when you're in college, less than $5 for yarn at the time and about 2 weeks free time, and everyone is so impressed) but I put the book in storage when I came to Texas and now I can't find which box it's in. (I have 13 cartons of just books, plus assorted loose books packed in other cartons, not to mention probably another 6 or 8 cartons of books that I have on shelves for easy access - yes, I read a LOT and I don't usually throw them out when I'm done.)
Anyway, I need just basic info, like how many to cast on, when to split for the arms (it's top down and raglan sleeved), and decreases for the sleeves. But the other knitters pretty much keep telling me to buy the book again (I don't have the $20 to do that right now) or get it from the ibrary, except my library claims not to have it. I'd like to have the hat too, but I have plenty of other hat patterns so it's not a big deal. Nobody really knits in TX so there just isn't all this info floating around out there. I just kind of resent the implication that I'm somehow trying to trick people into sending me a pattern that I don't own (like trying to get someone to send you a tape of an album you don't own, I guess).
Sorry, just venting.