Taking the Plunge

Good Morning Guys,

Well I've decided to take the plunge. Seems like as good of time as any to cross the item off my bucket list. I've always wanted to knit a sweater of my own design so I've changed my recent plans. Instead of knitting my next project based on the design of someone else I've chosen to create an original. This morning I cast on 101 stitches of Cascade Yarns 9489 Heather (a lovely blood red) and pulled out some reference books.

1."The Knitter's Guide to Sweater Design" by Carmen Michelson & Mary-Ann Davis
2. 'The Complete Book of Knitting" by Barbara Abbey
3. "The Encyclopedia of Knitting & Crochet Stitch Patterns" by Linda Mariano
4. " 50 Fabulous Knit Aran Stitches" by Rita Weiss

With names like Cathedral Cables, Bobbles and Diamonds, Blarney Kisses, Lobster Claws etc. how can you not get excited and inspired. Let's see where it leads.

Happy knitting all and I hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend.

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Bill's picture

...I think you need pencil and paper, too....

JRob's picture

LOL. Bought graph paper and pencils when I went to the store before I read your post. Must be great minds think alike. JRob

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good start. That yarn is gorgeous and I look forward to seeing what you make with it.

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

JRob's picture

Thanks, Joe. I am looking forward too to see where the creative juices flow. JRob

CLABBERS's picture

Love the color. I see you are using straight needles. Have you considered circulars? Have you planned out the design yet?
Good luck!

JRob's picture

Mark, I've used circular needles a lot. But I still prefer straight if the design can be done on them. JRob

CLABBERS's picture

I am anxious to see what you come up with. The books you have chosen are very good.

SAPBrown's picture

Again... beautiful color.
Nothing can be more rewarding than wearing your own design. Knowing it is completely original, you never have to worry about someone else wearing the same thing as you.
As I recently learned (unfortunately), take accurate body measurements.
Please keep us updated,

JRob's picture

Thanks Stephen. Will keep the blog updated and I learnt on the very first sweater I knitted years ago that measurements are key. JRob