Designing Your Own Stuff

After about a year of knitting, I began to wonder why people bought patterns. It seemed to me, at the time, that everything was so simple (reading from a pattern that is); anyone could do this. I shook my head and continued with my knitting. "I'll get to that designing thing as soon as I finish with these patterns that I have already purchased."
So, here we are a few years later and, OMG, what a huge pain in the butt it is! I'm trying to come up with a slip stitch design that carries colours across the work. I have spent the majority of the weekend trying to get it right. It's coming along but now I know why people would rather just buy the damn pattern. There is just so much ripping out and starting over that one person can do.

BTW....where are all the big, burly Scotsmen? I could really use one right about now.


smalltownknitguy's picture

Keep trying it will all come together in the end. My design is almost finished. I will cast on the second fingerless mitt tonight and hopefully have everything in the mail by Friday. I love the way everything turned out. I will have pics as soon as I am allowed. Can't wait to see your design.

WillyG's picture

I feel your pain. I've spent more time getting nowhere when I decided to try designing a shawl. So that's on the back burner. But I'm itching to design some mittens...tonight! I'm thinking I will try to take it as a process...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I feel the pain, Buck. I started designing by sticking to socks at first. Then came the V-neck sweater for the great-grandniece, which will grow for adults. However, I am one of those who design on the needles, meaning there is a lot of ripping and head scratching going on. Best of luck. - - Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

steve kadel's picture

in the boat with you, geoff. remember that trek i bought in seattle. it's slowly turning into a hoodie with a fair isle band across chest and sleeves. after much ripping, i have now joined body and sleeves and am making the raglan. don't know yet if i am using the right ratio of decrease. we'll see

we won't just get a cat, nubby nu nu, will manifest a kitten from our love...and lint from our hemp socks

we put birds on things

Buck Strong's picture

I love that yarn.....Can't wait to see the finished product. Have you collected enough lint from your hemp socks yet?

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

Bill's picture

I'm struggling with the charts for my first "designed by me" fair isle...I've almost finished knitting the Alice Starmore "Elephant" vest for my grandosn...have loved knitting fair isle, and learned a lot...and now I want to do one for me...but my own design. It's tricky to figure out the placement of element and yarn colours.

MMario's picture

And the fastest way to find your mistakes is to publish. No matter how many times you proof it; mistakes (if there are any) show up immediately after publication.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation