On Designing

Designing knitwear patterns is something I have thought about for years but only recently started attempting.  This new venture is not what I expected.  I certainly didn’t think it would be easy but didn’t realize how hard for me it would be.

I have always been the type of person who has to have a pretty solid understanding of how to do something before I am willing to try it.  Maybe it is a fear of failure or embarrassment that holds me back, but I don’t typically dive in head first.  The thing about pattern designing is that there isn’t necessarily a step-by-step guide book or recipe for success.  That’s likely why it took me so long to start.

I understand patterns.  I know how to knit.  I have ideas about garments I would like to create.  All of these things are essential to designing.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s more complicated than that but these are some basics that can get you going.  My biggest issue was figuring out on my own how to fit these pieces together.

Sometimes, designing for me looks like this…

Idea Sketch
Pattern Scribble

and, sometimes like this…

Light Ash Blocking

It’s kind of a mess.  I am just starting to down the designing road and am not sure where it will lead.  I am still trying to fit all the pieces together and find a method that works for me.  I will keep you all posted on this little adventure and keep my fingers crossed that I find my mojo.  For now, I am having fun with it and hopefully someone besides me enjoys making what I create.