I’ve been working on a new pattern for a sheep fleece for my Knit your own sheep kits. The concept for an aran pattern has been bubbling around in my brain for some time, and at last, it has taken woolly form. I thought I’d share with you how a design comes in to being.
First, as I said, is the concept, which evoloves from a general idea to a specific pattern of stitches. Some of this is subconcious – I have a feeling for what I want to create but no concrete idea. I look at pictures, leaf through stitch dictionaries and wait for the ‘cake to bake’.
Then I knit a test swatch to see how the design will look in the yarn I have in mind, – in this case a lovely autumnal orange. This also tells me what the tension of the pattern will be and how many stitches I will need.
Then comes the maths – how to fit all the stitches onto a fleece shape. I usually start at the end – The bottom of the fleece has decreased stitches to fit the sheep and the pattern has to fit these. With a cable pattern this involves leaving enough areas of plain knitting between the cables to use for the decreases, without cutting into the cables themselves.
Then, with a rough plan in place, it’s time to start work on knitting up a sample. Cable knitting takes a long time and writing down every row as you knit it takes even longer! (Yes, I do have a Hello Kitty notebook!)
Fraser will be ready to say hello in a few weeks….
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