Meanderings – on yokes

Love a good top-down yoke sweater, but how to align all those motifs?

This week I got a lesson in vertical alignment.

When the yoke for a sweater I designed didn’t look quite right, I went back to the drawing board and discovered that combining motifs is more than just choosing what “looks good” together. It’s putting increases in just the right positions to create a swivel point (stitch/stitches) around which the whole yoke revolves. Trickier than it seems.

See this? The alignment is off.

So it was back to the drawing board. Reknitting and it’s working now.

Interested in seeing progress? Check back next week.


meanderings – raglan lines

I love the idea of seamless construction. Wrapping up the knitting and being able to almost instantly wear a garment has definite appeal.. I wouldn’t say I dislike finishing, because I don’t, but it’s definitely not as much fun as knitting.

working on those lines…

The issue with seamless construction, particularly with a raglan, is that the increasing (for top-down) or decreasing (for bottom-up) for body and sleeves often happens at different rates. If it doesn’t happen at a different rate, then sometimes you get sleeves that are too big or too small for the bust size you’re working.

Writing a pattern to accommodate this, without muddying the directions is tricky!

Right now, I’m working on a cardigan pattern where this is happening. In addition to the sleeve and body shaping, neckline shaping happens at the same time at yet a different rate.

What to do? I’ve constructed a crude chart that I’m still tweaking to help knitters follow along for their individual size. I’d be interested to hear what you think works best in these situations.

Meanderings – putting it out there

Really need to get back to writing, if only to clear my head. This time of year, I start to think how life has changed since I started 2018. Some years, not so very many ways, but this year, lots – both personal and professional. I’ve changed my work and work schedule and have had to accommodate my design work schedule to reflect that. My struggle has always been with time.

These two hats came about as a way to clear my head and make sense of what I need to do with what time I have. Huskadoo and Always Paris are available on Ravelry now.

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After thinking long and hard about how I can get all the designs in my head realized, I decided that I needed at least a few sample knitters. This is hard for me, because I’m a bit of a control freak, but I had to do it. In the works now are a shawl and 3 pullovers. I’ll still do some of the knitting because, of course, it’s what I love to do, but I’m working hard to figure out how to grow as a designer without sacrificing the rest of my life.

I’ll let you know how that works out…

 

Claire Tank

The Claire Tank was released this week in the spring/summer 2016 issue of knit.wear (formerly knit.purl which was formerly knit.wear) .  This design had been kicking around in my head for the past few years in various iterations, including a textured colorblock mid-panel.  In the end, though, it was best with some side vents and the colorblock without the texture.  I can see it in a muted green with a big pop of fuchsia or tonal with shades of blue.  It’s knitted in Shibui Twig, a blend of flax, silk and wool, that washed really beautifully.

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Originally, the design was called Obi, as in sash (not as in Kenobi).  This is the sample on Annabel before I sent it off.

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This issue of knit.wear has some great pieces.  I especially love the Bande Pullover by Amy Gunderson and the Lin Sweater by Maria Leigh.