The Design Process: Inspiration

A couple of my knitting friends have asked me what the design process looks like for me. The answer is, of course, that it’s different every time. But I’m about to start work on a new design, and so I thought I’d try blogging about it as I go.417752279_rfScxqAc_c

I spotted this beauty on Pinterest and was totally smitten. Among other things, I want that hat. It’s got some similarities to one I just knitted, Regina by Carina Spencer, but although I think Regina would be beautiful in orange and brown (and I might try knitting one that way), I couldn’t shake the idea of a different hat, one shaped with short rows.

I started browsing Etsy for ideas, and came across Huckleberry Knits. She had a plummy purple on BFL (blue-faced leicester, a type of sheep’s wool) that made me swoon, listed as a light worsted; I also saw a beautiful silvery-grey on Merino (another type of sheep), listed as worsted. I sent the dyer a note asking if she thought the two yarn weights would combine well. She wrote back advising against it, and offered to send me photos of some other yarns she hadn’t listed yet in the same color ranges. I decided on two skeins of BFL, the original Huckleberry and a much darker grey than I’d thought I wanted, Charcoal (it looks bluish here, but I think that’s just the lighting). It’s stunning yarn, and such a light worsted that it’s almost DK.

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Up next, I’ll swatch and make some design notes. I’m working on other patterns at the same time, so I don’t know how often I’ll update about this one–please let me know if you’re interested!

5 thoughts on “The Design Process: Inspiration

  1. Nana

    November 6, 2011 at 7:45pm

    definitely interested in the process (of your mind)

  2. allison

    November 6, 2011 at 7:50pm

    I known absolutely nothing about knitting, so please don’t point and laugh…but, would you be felting the finished product or would it be just knitted? I have two felted cloches that I adore and I think I would adore this one too!

  3. Annika

    November 6, 2011 at 8:15pm

    That’s a perfectly reasonable question! This first prototype will not be felted (the yarn is machine washable and will not felt), but I might consider making a felted version in the future–it depends on several factors including how like my idea the prototype actually is.

  4. Cindy

    November 7, 2011 at 4:30pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing how you process your design. Also, I love Carina Spencer’s designs. I just finished Catkin and love it so much that I’ve already started another one and I’ve NEVER wanted to do the same pattern again before. Although, I am doing a slight variation to the second one.

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