It's Spring Break this week, and I finally have the time to enter a part of the knitting woods that I have always envisioned dipping my toe into, but never really had the chance: designing my own knitting pattern.
This whole journey is definitely something that I have never even thought I would do when I started knitting almost 8 years ago, but I am looking forward to the challenge. It definitely exercises a bunch of my mental muscles that I have not used before (I look at the prospect of grading a sweater with equal parts fascination and trepidation).
I have several designs in my head and a certain aesthetic that I want to promote with those designs, but the learning curve with taking something that is in my head and make it into a three dimensional object is quite steep.
My first design is a sweater, which I am calling "Hinoki," or "cypress" in Japanese. I had a vision of a top down raglan with eyelet increases, and a Japanese cable pattern in a particular shade of hunter/olive green, and the Olive colorway in YOTH's Big Sister base does not disappoint.
The top-down part is pretty simple to carry out, but I have already come across problems with my cable chart.
One problem is because I am knitting my sweater top down. I love the look of many a sweater that is bottom up and I am knitting two bottom up sweaters for myself right now (Nevelson and Number 001) but I really, really think they are annoying for the simple reason that I have hips. They don't lie (corny, but I couldn't help myself).
I have that hourglass figure that makes my bust size different from my finished hip size so that involves a lot of math that as a new designer (with a lowercase "d"), I cannot quite wrap my brain around just yet.
So I decided to go top-down, which meant the cable chart I am using is actually turning out upside down as compared to the original photo.
As a result, I am coming across a lot of questions that need to be asked of myself when it comes to putting everything down on paper. Right now, I am knitting along and making notes, that way when I go back to my notes and start to put together a pattern, I have a basic skeleton to work with.
Stay tuned - I will be posting more of my progress and journey here. Wish me luck!