My Very First, Completed Design


Well, I finally did it. My own design. I call it Tuscan Sunflower.

I have been beating my head against the wall on this one for about three months. The biggest challenge was getting the center motif to resemble spiraling sunflower seeds. The easiest way to have done this would have been to start with a star pattern in the middle. I didn't want that though. I wanted spirals from the beginning. Months down the road and many, many iterations later, I finally came up with what I wanted. I don't know how many times I started this guy and then ripped it out. I'm pretty sick of it now.
I started working it out using white sport weight yarn. Then when I was happy the center, I switched to fingering weight. Then, when I was satisfied how that knitted up, I went and got the good stuff.
The center is definitely not for the novice knitter. There are several double yarn overs as well as interesting things that happen on the plain rounds.
The petals didn't cause me much trouble. When I got to the final version, I didn't even have to rip them out once.
Now that it is finished, I should really get busy on that sweater that I promised my partner. However, I already have an idea for another circular shawl. This is totally MMario's fault.

Comments

murfpapa's picture

Beautiful!

Bill's picture

That's magnificent!

Nehkhasi's picture

Absolutely Fabulous! Nehkhasi

Nehkhasi

ronhuber's picture

Absolutely stunning.

AKQGuy's picture

It's amazingly beautiful. Great job.

Britannic's picture

Truly amazing and awe inspiring.

Tom Hart's picture

Brilliantly stunning!! A milestone achievement. Beautiful. What a first creation!

Massive congratulations on this stunningly beautiful design. I am most envious of your skill. I am looking forward to the next one.

Asplund's picture

Perfect name for a beautiful design!

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MMario's picture

BRAVO!!!!!

I love it - and I also like the differing views you get in closeup and distance...makes it almost two patterns in one!

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Buck Strong's picture

Thanks Guys!
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
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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
www.canzonestandardpoodles.com

MMario's picture

Three months for a first design isn't bad at all.... I can't even BEGIN to tell you how many false starts I had with one design...and it looked like it SHOULD be so simple.....

(Nautilus - if you are wondering)

I'm looking forweard to more designs (me? an enabler? Whatever makes you say that?) and with your math background curves of various functions, etc....

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Buck Strong's picture

Ugggh....I totally feel your pain. The problem was trying to get the diamond pattern to grow. It seemed simple; it's used as filler for a ton of patterns out there. Well, now I know why it's used as filler because it sucks to use it as anything else.

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
www.canzonestandardpoodles.com

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
www.canzonestandardpoodles.com

MMario's picture

What's that curve that is found in so many natural items? (such as a cross section of a nautilus shell?) - anyway - you would think knitting in the round, trying to make a SINGLE curve that approximates that wouldn't require huge leaps of mental gymnastics (it did......which may be my fault) but yegads.......

yup - there are a lot of patterns that are tough to make "grow" - or if you get them to grow the sections where they are growing look sucky.....

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steve kadel's picture

awesome. congrats. might to make that next

i'm only angry when i'm NOT knitting

we put birds on things

Stan Stansbury's picture

Bill's right. Magnificent is exactly what it is. I am impressed.

andyz280f's picture

That is so beautiful. I love it! Great job!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Late to the dance but I want to join in on the congratulations. That turned out Fan-Ta-Stick, Buck. I must say that all your hard work turned out a beautiful piece of art. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

JDM511's picture

WOW! you must be proud of the way it turned out

aah's picture

Congratulations Buck Strong, you really hit the spot.
Aage

Paul81's picture

Dude, that's amazing! A round of applause. Cheers. Whoops.

purlyman's picture

That's amazing - looks exactly like what you were going for!! Beautiful!!

Frank

WillyG's picture

It's beautiful. Great work!!

Buck Strong's picture

Thanks again guys for all of the kind words. I'm going to have one of our schools top photo students take pictures of it with a model. She's pretty excited to do the work for me.. It's amazing what students will do for $50.
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
www.canzonestandardpoodles.com

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
www.canzonestandardpoodles.com

This is the first day that I have seen the picture of the sunflower shawl----Previous days it would not show up and I am too computer ignorant to cope with it-----anyway----this is a trully wonderful shawl and I would like to see more pictures of it for sure---Damn fine!!!!!!!

andyz280f's picture

Did you write down the pattern? If you did are you interested in selling the pattern?

MMario's picture

Buck has it for sale on Ravelry.

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Kerry's picture

Congratulations on your design, it looks beautiful.

Spicemanknit's picture

Just beautiful! What a project!!
John

Masala's picture

Wow, Buck. The colors are so magnificent and now I know what the practical application for MATH is. Very respectfully yours, Sid

TheKnittingMill's picture

That is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL Buck!!! I LOVE it and I MUST knit it! As a fledgling pattern designer I can say I can't even imagine how much work designing lace is and I know I will NEVER attempt it myself! That's why I have friends like you and Mario. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

The Knitting Mill

MMario's picture

Mill you may say "I will NEVER attempt it myself!" - *NOW* - but I suspect we will lure you to the dark side of knit design at some point.

MWah-haha-ha-ha!

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rjcb3's picture

Wow...just...wow...

Absolutely beautiful!

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Bill's picture

Tuscan Sunflower Shawl
by Geoffrey Hunnicutt

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tuscan-sunflower-shawl
$7.00

Loom Dude's picture

It's truly amazing! Bravo!

Greg
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Greg
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mrossnyc's picture

Congratulations, it's BEAUTIFUL!

MMario's picture

Did people notice this is now being offered as a kit by KnitPicks?

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Thomasknits's picture

Wow, I wish I had seen this much earlier. ::Queue::

-Thomas