On designing a new pattern
I belong to the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry and they are having assorted contests concerning Malabrigo. One of the contests that challenged me, was to design a pattern that uses no more than a skein of Malabrigo. I was aware of this contest for a while, and while lots of stuff percolated in my brain, I found that, as much as I may want to, I cannot design on demand. It gives me a headache. I also realized that the best stuff I have done, in my opinion, have just “come to me”. Certainly a commentary on the infinite nature of the universe.
While I was waiting for a Malabrigo caliber idea, I warmed up with the Autumn Moss Mitts mentioned previously in this blog. While I really like them, and in fact am wearing them now because the house is 63 degrees, I couldn’t picture them in Malabrigo.
There I was, noodling around with a vauge idea for socks, when the idea I wanted hit me. Top to bottom and side to side. I needed to find out how to do a couple of things to make it work but in essense I came up with a fingerless glove design that features a Latvian style twist cuff; twisted cable ribs define the gusset; 4-stitch cable is maintained on the outside of the hand as a design element; and a picot bind off complements the Latvian style twist cuff. Whew.
Introducing Autumn Twist Fingerless Gloves. The pattern is written and is being tested. I will post when the pattern is published and available in pdf format.
and of course my favorite view
Then I took them to Wilson Farm in Lexington.
So that’s it for now. Back to work tomorrow. It’s been a creative vacation week for me. I called it my Knitting Retreat but reality is knocking and bills need to be paid.
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