Introducing two freshly-published shawl patterns, ready for download!
Fruit Loops and Spiderwebs (the larger one) and Winterbird have been two designs in the works for almost two years (!!) at this point. Originally, I knew that I wanted a teardrop/buttonhole-esque shape to create the waves of the shawl, but after dozens of swatches--both knit and crochet--and dozens of different patterns, I still wasn't finding what I'd wanted.
Then, quite suddenly, it appeared out of nowhere. It was like my brain had settled on what it wanted to make and POOF! there it was!
So, Fruit Loops and Spiderwebs was born first. Before I blocked this beauty, it was actually significantly smaller. It grew a TON once I blocked it!
So much so that I decided to remake it with less mesh to get a size closer to what I'd originally wanted. And so, we had the Winterbird.
Both of these designs are currently priced at half off! If you're buying Winterbird, use code NEWPATTERNWB, and if you're buying Fruit Loops and Spiderwebs, use code NEWPATTERNFLSW. But hurry! Only valid for first 50 customers!
What colors will you use to make these lovelies? Let me know in the comments, tag me on Instagram (@emilyconnell_designs), use the hashtags #fruitloopsandspiderwebs and #winterb irdshawl.
Happy hooking, everyone!
You may think that grading is something that only teachers do for their students' assignments... but you may be surprised to know that grading is an essential term for designing garments!
In knitwear, grading refers to the calculations a designer has to make to adapt a pattern for multiple sizes. I'm given to understand that the same term applies to sewing patterns, also, though I'm no expert in sewing so don't take my word for it :)
Back to grading. Aiming for an A+, right?
Not exactly. When I write a pattern, I typically work it up so that it will fit my size, somewhere in the S-M range. Yet when I prepare my patterns for testing and publication, they include sizes ranging from XS-3XL...which is 6 more sizes than the single size I originally wrote the pattern.
Up until recently, I wrote my patterns as I knit them. The reason for doing it this way was mainly because I didn't have a fully-formed idea of what I was doing until I actually did it.
It sometimes worked.
I realized somewhere around my twelfth pattern--and somewhere around the 18th version of that pattern--that there had to be a better way to do grading. So I read up on some discussion threads about different ways different designers grade their patterns to get some ideas. It seemed that the consensus for the best method of grading was to write the whole thing out first and then to knit the garment. Duh!
I decided decided that I'd give it a try.
Sure enough, despite my eagerness to jump right in to knitting my new design, it worked. And what a difference it makes! My pattern looks much better, I'm designing and even editing with much more ease than ever before, and I'm even able to simplify as I go. It's a win-win.
Curious us to see how well it worked? I'll be posting soon about the test for the newly updated Baton Rouge sweater and also for the Westminster cardigan--both of which have followed my newly discovered method of drafting and grading :)
until next time...
It's Labor Day weekend! Time for some vacation knitting... and even better? a post about vacation knitting!
Vacation knitting can truly be one of the most inspiring and recharging ways to work on a knitting project. Some of my favorite designs were incubated, born, drafted, or even created in knit format while on vacation. Two of them have the honor of a name that is the location of where they were made: the Assateague and Baton Rouge sweaters.
What makes them special?
First off: the yoke shaping is very unique as the circular portion of the yoke is worked using short rows and strategically placed increases to reach the full bust and shoulder measurements.
Second, the colors! This pattern allows for so much flexibility with the colors that you can choose. For the Assateague sweater, I chose three colors; the Baton Rouge only has two. You can use anywhere from 2 to 10 (or however many you like) to make either of these sweater patterns.
These two sweaters have been published for a good number of months now. As I've been watching the feedback from my test knitters and the group of knitters who have begun to make these sweaters since purchasing the pattern, I have a list of things to improve, per their comments.
Back to the drawing board? Not necessarily. The general shape and idea of both will be the same, but the new versions will have:
I'm about to get started with my new sample of the Baton Rouge sweater... with some new colors that I don't use very often! Want to see what I choose? Follow me on instagram @emilyconnell_designs to find out!
If you like these sweaters, you can save $4 by purchasing them together on Ravelry! Follow the image links for either sweater for more information.
Stay tuned for more updates on the latest addition to the location-inspired sweater collection!
Until next time,
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