Saturday, April 5, 2008

Looking Better...

After all this thinking and designing I needed something simple and brainless. So... Tah Dah!!

The Ridiculously Simple PonchoPaton's Candadiana Boucle
US #15
47 stitches gartered for about 37 inches and then sewn end to side. Toss over head and look really hot.

Here is the re-knit front of my Textured Tank. The last version had more deeply scooped armholes and much more of a slope to the neckline. I wanted a gentle slope, more like a boat neck. After ripping back to the armholes, I only did 2 decreases for the arms and used short rows to shape the neck. Worked like a charm!

I am now 1/2 way through the back scoop and should be ready for the finishing next week.

As anticipated, I am learning loads about knitting and shaping techniques. There is a vast amount of difference between just (blindly) following a pattern and having to think about what will get the desired result.

The surprise is the process of actually writing the pattern. It is said that the best way to learn is to teach. The process of thinking about what I did and how to express it clearly and efficiently is very interesting. I saw that tentenknits is also designing her first top... she writes about making designs knittable for others. I take that to mean, designing something that is easy to tell others how to knit!

I didn't think about the knittable for others part when i dreamed up this top....