Dipping into Design

Part of my reason for taking the basics course for TGKA is to get my head around designing. I get inspiration from so many sources, but have yet to put it down in a pattern. 

Color block tee in progress. 

Color block tee in progress. 

The biggest challenge is time. I have work (other than VeryPink work), kids, house, life (and let's be honest, Facebook and other worthless distractions). Some days I don't get to knit at all. Some days it's just 20 minutes before bed. How do I find time to work through a design in there? Plus, being the project knitter that I can be makes it a challenge to work through the process, not to the finish line. 

I am working on a simple knit-in-the-round top that I hope to get on paper, but I purposely chose chunky yarn so I can get it out there and see how it goes. I'll let you know!

I've been dabbling with this idea for a while. I have a tendency to try to study-up before jumping in. If you're interested in designing, but not sure where to start, there are some books to get started that I've enjoyed:

The Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Bud. This has several basic designs with charts allowing you to adjust for gauge and size. It's really intimidating when you first thumb through, but try not to freak out! You just pick a row and column to figure out your stitch counts. You're not really designing, but creating a custom project and getting a sense of design.

Knitwear Design Workshop by Interweave. The thing I love about this book is it starts with the absolute basics - take your body measurements. And, each project type has a step-by-step worksheet. 

Another design I'm noodling on is going to use this amazing recycled sari silk yarn. I'm really excited about this project, but want to keep the details on the down-low until I get it together. It's for a special non-profit so it may be months before it's revealed. I was inspired when cleaning out my craft closet and rediscovered the leftovers from a bag I made years ago (sorry for the bad photography here!). To use stash yarn, support a female-empowering yarn company and support a local non-profit - I call that a triple win! 

 Stay tuned.