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Do You Write Your Own Patterns?

By April 6, 2010

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There was a fun post on Make and Meaning recently in which artist and blogger Kristy Hall talked about how much she appreciated being able to follow a well-written knitting pattern without thinking. She spends so much of her time mired in creative overload that it's great not to have to think in her downtime but to still be able to do something productive. That's why she doesn't design her own patterns.
I spend a lot of my time coming up with and knitting patterns for this site, which doesn't leave me a lot of time for knitting other people's patterns, though I'd love to be able to do more of that. I completely agree that there's something really nice about being able to trust someone else's math, to go along with the knitting without having to pay an immense amount of attention to how things are unfolding if you don't want to. This week I'd love to know how many of you design your own knitting patterns. Do you make something up from scratch or tweak a pattern you find somewhere else by, say, changing a pattern stitch or adding a cable? Or maybe you're a professional designer and spend most of your time knitting your own designs. Either way, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the pleasures of knitting from patterns when those patterns are well written.


April 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(1) Helen says:

I usually change things and try to make things fit better, or be more to my taste. I rarely manage to get whatever I’ve done written down, so when I try to go back to it, or make another, I’m back at square one. No wonder I’ve got such a fine collection of UFOs!

April 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm
(2) Mireille says:

All my printed patterns have scribbles all over them from adjustments I make, or from writing down how many rows it took me to get to a certain measurement in inches. But, despite my notes, I’ve never made the same thing twice.

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