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The Truth About Pattern Writing

depreciate progynova costo Sunday, May 1, 2016 I’m feeling a little burnt out this weekend! Writing knitting patterns for multiple sizes is exhausting! The math alone just makes my head spin after a couple of hours! Writing knitting patterns in America is not easy! In Japan, you are given a schematic, stitch pattern, gauge, and simple shaping instructions  – and that’s it! Japanese patterns don’t have any written instructions and the knitter is expected to size their own garment and make their own decisions about what kind of shaping, cast on, bind off, and seaming to do! I have to say that the Japanese are onto something! The majority of knitting patterns are written for women. But here’s the problem – no two women have the same shape! So, how can one pattern (even if written in 5 different sizes!) work for all women? It doesn’t…but we still try to make that work based on “average” measurements. Average?! There is nothing average about sizing for women. I’ll admit that I get annoyed when I go clothes shopping with my husband. He finds jeans that he likes the color of, looks for his waist and length measurements, and then we are in line to check out. He doesn’t even try the damn things on!!! He doesn’t have to worry about a tiny waist and larger hips, or larger hips,…
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Swatching The Day Away

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 I’ll admit that I don’t love swatching for gauge…but I do love to swatch when playing with new yarn, stitch patterns, or color combinations. Especially when I get to work with really delicious yarn! This past week I have been doing some swatching with the vibrant colors of Candy Skein yarns. I worked with two of her yarns – Sweet Fingering (50% Merino Superwash / 50% Silk) and Yummy Fingering (75% Merino Superwash / 25% Nylon). The rainbow of vibrant colors was really hard to choose from! So many amazing color combinations! I love the shine that silk gives, but I also really enjoy working with just about any merino blend! The way that merino takes dye is just brilliant! When I am testing out new ideas, I don’t really have much of a plan in place. I hold balls of yarn up next to each other and see how I like them and sometimes I start to swatch with them and I just don’t like the way they look together, so I rip out and try a different combination. I also don’t really have an idea of what stitch patterns I want to use. Sometimes I refer to a stitch guide (my favorites are the Harmony Guides), but they are generally just used to get the creative juices flowing. Once I…
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