It’s been a while, but I’ve been working… or should I say, “tweaking”. The little grey cells are still not assimilating the sizes into a single pattern format, so I’ve 1) cast on a new “easy” sweater to try to trick it into processing and 2) spent some more time making the design absolutely perfect.
We got chatting about Maine and the move and other big 2022 events… Puddles 10-year gotcha anniversary ☹, and cough, turning 40, cough. She threw out “into the unknown”. And ya know what, it was perfect! Not a daunting kind of ‘unknown,’ but a year of adventure in stitches which didn’t restrict the creative juices to one particular cast on / bind off method. “Into the Unknown” was born with joy and friendship, new possibilities, and future new locales!
Sometimes things sound better than they look. I didn’t start the patterning until after the short rows were over to keep the pattern writing concise – 3 simple stockinette short rows and then a nice long pattern set up across the back.
After a few false starts… The sweater is underway! The back to the ‘join in rnd’ part is complete, which gave me an opportunity to test the full length of the chart once through.
As the workers create the foundations of our home, I get to the foundations of the sweater to wear there! The foundation for my designs is excel. I start with a template I created in Jill Wolcot’s “A System of Grading” course and go from there.
To the bat cave, batman! The next step is to take the data mined from swatching and plug it into excel and illustrator. One of the design elements that is very important to the brand of “Knit Eco Chic” is proportional design elements. So, I sketch out the Medium first (since that’s my base size) and then the small and large. I use a 10% scale and then do a locked ratio size increase to blow it up (or rather, I just zoom in, but that’s not so easy for you all to do reading this). For this design it’s the back center panel that is the main design element. Analyzing the sketch – 2 things pop out. I’ll have …
A site photo from the ground clearing company was sent to me this week and I was so excited to see where my future first nest is going! It made me reflect upon the joy of the process and not just the end result so I decided to try something a little different with my next design. Puddles and I invite you to join along in the process of designing a sweater worthy of Maine’s forecasted winters!