As this is supposed to be a blog about the highs and lows of my attempts at knitting design I thought I should say a little something about one of the things I’ve learned and had to change about how I knit and/or design. So here is my confession…
One of the things I have always done, even while following someone else’s pattern, is just blithely carry on when I’ve made a mistake or something just hasn’t turned out right. My eagerness to get it finished tends to make my brain go “oh, that’ll do!” While this might be alright for something I’m knitting for myself, I’ve had to really fight against this attitude while designing. Never more so than in my latest design in which I was attempting to create a bit of overlapped knitting (or two bits of overlapped knitting going different ways on different gloves). I could NOT get the thing to work without making a wee hole at one of the joins. I knitted, frogged, knitted, frogged and knitted again I don’t know how many times. And there were moments when my brain kept saying to me “oh, that’ll do!” But…I fought it. Because I can’t design something good and expect someone else to pay for it when it has holes in it, really,,,can I? Unless it’s meant to have holes.
The best thing about this fight? I made something I think is really great and it works. In two colours. With no holes. Eventually. Phew.
Here it be.
The pattern is called Caol and you can get it here.