It was fast and it was easy. I now have a completed hooded scarf.
I basically wrote the pattern for the scarf in my last blog entry, but to make it easier to access and use, I’ve also made it a free Ravelry download.
Here it is laid out flat. As you can see, nothing fancy. But effective.
Knitting Pattern Essentials
I’ve been looking through Sally Melville’s upcoming book Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear, which is due out later this month (March 26). The subtitle pretty much says it all!
It’s a book about modifying existing patterns and creating new ones — not so much a design book, but a book that explains how to turn your design ideas into workable patterns.
One of my guilty pleasures is catching an episode of What Not to Wear from time to time. If I’ve learned anything from that show, it is that clothes do not come off the rack fitting everyone perfectly. So why would we think that knitting patterns would as well?
I used to do a great deal of sewing, and I was pretty darn good at it. I could make a suit from a Vogue pattern in a weekend. And I made my entire work wardrobe back in the day. I learned from experience how I needed to alter sewing patterns to fit me properly so that it looked like I had my own couturier.
And here’s a book that’ll help you do that with your knitted garments. The book covers such topics as calculating measurements and understanding ease, creating a pattern from an existing garment that fits you well, how to create a variety of necklines, shoulders, sides, sleeves, and hemlines, how to troubleshoot a project that doesn’t turn out the way you expected, and tips for finishing to give your knits the couture look.
And there are 8 patterns included. They are all sweaters — pullovers, wraps, and jackets — and they incorporate the elements that Melville covers in the book. My fave:
I think this is a book that would be useful not only for designers and designer wanna-bes, but also anyone who has the desire and/or need to alter a knitting pattern.
Meanwhile, I’ve started something new. Can you guess what it is?
Lucy knows, but she’s not telling.