When I started writing patterns, they were numbered 1, 2, 3 etc. You get the idea. Then the patterns proliferated. Soon after, for sanity’s sake, it became necessary to segregate them into family groups: hats, mittens, socks, etc.
Thus, in this organic evolution, the good old Poinsettia Shawl, pattern #1, became pattern #401. The 400’s were all shawls and scarves.
That is still the system as it stands today. However, we are approaching our own personal millennium issue. (Remember when we wondered if the sky would fall at midnight?) For us it is more of a century thing, as the pattern I’m currently writing is #898, the Lighthouse Bag.
Should we just carry on as before, so that a new sock would be #3101?
But then files will line up strangely in the computer and be hard to sort. Not a Good Thing.
Or do we add a ‘0’ to all the patterns? So, now good old #401 becomes #4001?
This would work but we’d have to revise every file and price list, and heaven only knows what it would do to the website!
Or, I could stop writing patterns, I suppose!
Assuming that I will live long enough to write a few more patterns, good suggestions towards solving this puzzle are welcome. Have you had to deal with this in your organisation? Does mayhem ensue?