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I received a nice but firm comment from a reader the other day. In it, Veronika, mentioned she did not think all of my ideas were original and that I needed to be careful to credit others when it was due. I’m glad she wrote because it’s an important topic and I am in complete agreement with her.
The blog, website and designs here all center around knitting innovations we call “Nuances”. Sometimes they’re little tweaks to things you’ve been doing all along and sometimes they’re pretty new. Techniques like the Flat i-Cord or Showy Decrease are a new way to knit and use core skills that have been around forever. That does not mean everything I include in a pattern is a Nuance, sometimes I’m just a little bossy on exactly how I want you to do something, like how to cast on or how to work an increase, and I like to show you why I’m being so specific.
Here’s an updated graphic to show you how far we’ve come in the past year. These skills form the foundation of the work we’ll be doing together over the next year. We’ve got more tweaks to some of these and more new ideas coming too.
This also doesn’t mean I’m assuming I’m the only person who may have thought of some of these. There is a whole wide world of amazing and creative knitters out there who may have similar ideas. The two items that Veronika was concerned about were the Make 1 Loop increase and Wavy Tail Cast On so let’s talk about those as examples.
Make 1 Loop: This was included as a pattern note in the pre-announcement of the Seismic Scarf. It was mentioned a long time ago by Elizabeth Zimmerman so there’s nothing new about it at all. The pattern note explains how I want you to work your increase as a counterclockwise loop and why not the more typical lifted make one. The free tutorial download does mention EZ but the pattern note is just a brief one liner.
Wavy Tail Cast On: This simple but effective modification of the long tail cast on makes for a more flexible and possibly decorative edge. It’s phase one of a two part modification we’ll use later. The first time it was referred to in a post, we mentioned that other knitters have used it in some form or another also, however, I have changed the name to just Alternating Long-Tail Cast On so there’s no chance of confusion because I think her point was fair. One way in which we’ll use this cast on differently is to ask you to cast on in pattern just as you might ‘bind off in pattern’.
Once you get to know me, it will be easy to spot which ideas I think are ‘new’, I get pretty excited about them. All of our Nuances and their tutorials can be found on one page on the website. There you’ll also find Nuance-lettes (little ideas) and general knitting tips like the two listed above. Which category each technique falls into is clearly defined.
Here’s what I learned by having thousands of new Knitting Paradise readers all in one day:
Here’s what I’m doing about it:
Here’s a look at a pillow that sits in my living room but has not been written into a pattern yet. It gives you an idea of where we’re going. There are a few techniques included in that design that we haven’t covered yet and so it waits patiently. You’ll also note, I haven’t published a sweater. That’s because I have a few more ideas involving armholes, sleeves and seams that we have to wait for. I promise we’ll get there this year!
Thanks so much for visiting the blog. Go forth and try new things! It’s a lot of fun. Laura