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Time to jump right into this design.
My Wish List
There are a few things I know up front as I start the design. I’d like an everyday cardigan, something I can easily slip on on chilly days. I want it to be comfortable but not bulky so set in sleeves are called for.
The shawl collar will be the feature on the front. I have plans to make it reversible so when it rolls back the inside looks pretty too. The back will be all about the stitch pattern as I showed you in the last post.
Things to Think About Up Front
There are two fundamental things I’ll keep in mind during this entire process:
And then there is the gauge. Because I knit the sample stitch pattern swatches, I was able to measure gauge both before and after blocking. The yarn label has a gauge of 5.5 sts per inch (22 per 10 cm) on a US 6 (4 mm). However, I am getting a gauge of 5 sts per inch (20 per 10 cm) even though I’m knitting on a US 5 (3.75mm). I like the look and the drape so I’ll stick with the 5 sts per inch but it just goes to show … swatch, swatch, swatch.
Initial Design Elements
Heres my sketch. Unlike the fancy, swirling sketches you might see on Project Runway this one needs to be practical.
The Back of the Sweater
I’m starting with the back of the sweater. It will give me the overall structure and help me identify elements that need to be addressed. It’s also nice to get such a big chunk of the knitting done up front.
I am knitting my sweater in a size large which has a finished 44” bust. I want a loose fitting 4” ease so this works for me.
I like when the back is longer than the front; it covers certain areas I might want covered but isn’t as bulky. I’m thinking 3 or 4 inches longer than the front but will decide later. This can be an optional element for other knitters.
When laying out the design ‘white space’ is very important. This applies to almost anything; this sweater, a written pattern, graphic designs and photographs. When words, pattern or pictures are everywhere then nothing stands out. The stockinette section serves to create this balance nicely.
What I Don’t Know Yet
Learning More About the Techniques
The pattern will include some of my favorite “Nuances” announced so far and some new ones as well. If you’d like to read more about the techniques I’ve included in the back of the sweater you can check out these blog posts.
Next time I will give you some swatches to try, I want to knit the back a bit more to make sure this is the direction I want to go in. Keep sending those comments and questions. This is a great opportunity for you to think about your own design ideas.
Back to knitting! There’s a light snow falling, I have a hot cuppa tea and have lined up a few Agatha Christie mysteries to watch on my Amazon Acorn channel (British TV). Sounds like a lovely morning to me.
I woke up to a foot of light fluffy powder. You can see the deep blue of Lake Tahoe in the background. We’ll see if I can get over Mt. Rose to teach at Jimmy Beans in Reno this afternoon, the roads should be clear by then.