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I’ve been asked to design a sock for an annual July event … a week-long TV tradition that’s been around for 30 years. Mmmm?
I’m very excited because not only is it a creative opportunity, socks are also a means to apply existing Nuances in a new way and to introduce a few new ideas for you to play with.
A few months ago, I asked for volunteer sock toe testers and boy did you guys step up. The test results were phenomenal and thankfully, there was overwhelming approval for the new rounded toe shaping. These socks will also include a few tweaks to the German Short Row Heel to help eliminate some common issues.
If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that the new designs will include the Showy Decrease. We’ve used it in eight different ways so far and we are so not done. There are a few more on the drawing board.
We’ll be using the Showy Decrease in a new way I call Drawing with Decreases. It involves using a variety of Showy Decreases (left, right, vertical, double and triple) to create shapes on a stockinette surface. A shape that might resemble a dangerous water-dwelling animal, as a random example. 😉
Drawing with Decreases results in charts with a few dozen rows, so I felt it was important to make tracking your progress as easy as possible.
Knitting test sock after test sock left me with lots of time to think about the difference between charts and written instructions.
This is what makes more sense to me.
Clearly labeled, written instructions that work along side of the chart. I think it would help non-chart readers to understand their benefit and help everyone to better track their progress. It also allows for the inclusion of a useful progress tracking system of check boxes.
Charts are read the same way, right to left on right sides and left to right on wrong sides. It’s the written instructions that have been flipped on their heads.
Want to give it a try? click the link below to download a PDF file for the Casita chart, legend and written instructions as above. And … because I couldn’t help myself, there is a draft chart for a scarf that uses this pattern stitch. If you guys knit it, I will write up a real pattern for it.
I’m hesitant to introduce such a change without your feedback.
Do you think traditional top to bottom instruction reading is so ingrained that knitters will resist and dislike this format?
Or do you think that the flexibility that technology now gives us allows for updates in how we present patterns? I can’t wait to see what you think.
Also, if there is another designer you follow that does this all the time just let me know. I will reference them as well.
In the mean time I’ll be working on the pattern for the socks and keeping my toes out of the water. Have you figured out what the summer event is yet?