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Branching Out

August 13, 2012

I have a confession, I don’t always follow a knitting pattern exactly (gasp!) I know I am not alone in this, I have read enough and know enough about knitters to know that this happens from time to time (if not more often to some of us.) A pattern may be perfect in a lot of ways, but for some reason or another we (as knitters) decide to change or tweak one or two (or twelve) things. We have numerous reasons: running low on yarn, not liking the look, preferring a different method or technique. The lists could go on and on (and on.) That being said I think I am finally to the point where I want to step out into my own and start designing patterns. Instead of endless tweaks to someone else’s creation, I would love to be able to take the image I have in my head and actually be able to make it a reality.

Now comes the “fun” part, I need your advice. Oh wise, and worldly knitters, do you design your own patterns? If so what tips and tricks (or books, websites…ect) did you use to start? What do you use now? If you don’t design your own, have you ever thought about it? Please leave me a message in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

Who knows, if this actually works out maybe there will be some free links here on the blog. If nothing else it should pretty darn interesting getting to see my fumbling attempts. Thanks in advance!

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  1. I’ve never designed anything more complicated than a cabled scarf, but I just got Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears and really loved the way she breaks down designing sweaters and things like that into really obvious elements of construction that presumably make it really easy to forge ahead into the great beyond of pattern construction. I would totally recommend EZ if you haven’t already read her…good luck with designing endeavors in the future!

  2. candleowlknits permalink

    I think I’m probably at the same place you are when it comes to knitting original works. I’ve been tweaking things from time to time, mostly because I screwed up and I’m trying to fix it without unravelling. I’m too lazy to go back.

    I have advice for creating a pattern, though. Do not start by trying to create a pattern with inter-weaving cable designs or little delicate leaves and vines. You will go insane.

    I started by knitting a narrow strip of cloth with a very simple design on it. It became a headband and I’m very proud of it. I moved on to infinity scarves. I’m still working on my cable-pattern cowl. I’ve made maybe three so far and it gets better every time.

    Also, in the spirit of CandleOwlKnits, and trying to think up a pattern for an Owl Cowl (a cowl with owls on it). Let me tell you, it is tedious. But don’t let me get you down. Just start simple.

    • Thanks! I can say that I probably would have tried jumping headfirst into an overly complicated pattern (because hey I can handle them when I knit) but you’re right it isn’t the same. Thanks again! Oh, and I am totally looking forward to the owl cowl 😀

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