Hello everyone, I just joined! I love knitting, and I love finding beautiful patterns. I have often felt there isn't enough variety in the modern and fitted knit sweater patterns. I adore Scoop Neck sweaters. They look good with my neck line but I don't often see knitting patterns for them. One requirement I have is it must cover up the bra straps! I would love to design a form fitting scoop neck sweater, probably with a little ribbed neckband and maybe some sort of cable up the side, that's still undecided. I tend to like a lot of stockinette but I know a little pattern helps speed up knitting or atleast adds more interest.
As for my experience designing knitting patterns, well I have none. I am one of those people who prefers to have a pattern written out and doesn't like to have to deviate from it. All my knitting friends hear me complain about the styles available in patterns and have encouraged me to make up my own
I havn't been brave enough yet but I really would love to! I am hoping I can get the help and support I need here! I am assuming the first thing I need to do is get some graph paper and draw some variations and decide what I want to do, and swatch all of the stitches used. Does that sound like a good start?
Also another possible project I have wanted to do for a while is a really easy one, it might be better to start with, I'm scared by the whole part of writing other sizes in the pattern etc. So this one is super easy, it would be based on a pattern that exists already so it would be a nice template for me to start from.
Here is a photo of the one I knit. It was a very simple design, you knit two squares and the front one is actually 2" wider then the back which I liked, and then on the front square you do leave a few stitches on a holder for a very cute garter stitch strap which lies perfectly.
I could basically pick my own pattern and remake this; it's so nice and simple. It was the perfect length and a perfect fit, but if I wanted to create this new pattern am I basically copying the other one? Where is the line of being "inspired" and copying? It's so simple because it's just two squares so it's hard to make it terribly unique. I could totally re-write the pattern in a way I feel is clearer, and of course change the stitch pattern.
Okay I'm looking for all your wonderful advice now, thanks everyone!! I'm excited to be a part of this. My only sadness is I wouldn't be able to wear anything for a while because I'm pregnant! So maybe I should start with the sweater because I could wear it this fall... but the tank looks so easy! Also for the tank i really wanted to use Hempathy which I know isn't a part of this CAL, so that might be a reason to hold off on that one.