Friday, November 17, 2017

In the Works

Recently someone asked me about my design process. Do I plan everything out in advance, or do I launch right into the knitting? The answer is somewhere in between. I like to start with a sketch, inexpert artist that I am. My current project started with this a couple of days ago.                                            

 

I did a little experimenting with a small stitch pattern built into the yoke increases and then, because I'm working in a yarn I'm familiar with and know my gauge, I simply cast on. I played around a little with some short row shaping at the base of the collar, but then after trying it on, decided to nix it. I want everything simple.
Next, I plotted out the yoke shaping and did the calculations. You can catch a glimpse of those at the side of my sketch. I like to work in notebooks and I try to avoid the temptation to skip writing everything up, even the failures. It's a huge time saver, because sometimes I'll go back to a "fail" and take it in a different direction. That's how Harriet's Jacket was born.
This current pullover has been in my mind for a while, but it took the weekend away, talking to other knitters and designers, to get it going. On Monday, I took a good look around my work space,


and felt re-energized. Are you noticing more colour in my work?


 This is my teal triple whammy. Everything made by me!

2 comments:

  1. This new idea looks very interesting. Simple works so well, doesnt it? I wore my rust coloured Glenora alot this fall. And yesterday, our first snowy, cold day, I wore My Valentine. Look forward to the new pattern.

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  2. And what an awesome triple whammy it is! It's lovely to see the view outside your window :)

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