Design Workshop: Part 4 – The Dreaded Gauge Swatch

One of the most dreaded aspects of knitting is the gauge swatch. I found that many customers avoid knitting up a swatch to check gauge; they would rather wait to see what happens. The gauge swatch is key to the design process – it determines the number of stitches to cast on, and the measurements…

Design Workshop: Part 3 – Choosing Yarn And Stitch Pattern

For me, purchasing yarn is pleasurable and key to the design process. The yarn choices out there are immense and fun to explore. Part 3 provides some basic tips on choosing yarn and stitch patterns. As you gain experience, choosing the best yarn for your projects becomes easier. Tips: 1. Consider the project’s characteristics –…

Design Workshop: Part 2 – Translating Your Idea Into A Plan

This workshop describes my approach to designing; I am technical, as I prefer to write down on paper the measurements, schematics, gauge, materials, and instructions before I begin knitting. This doesn’t mean that I never  make changes; designing is a process that requires adjustments along the way. A plan provides an outline, a place to…