Continuing in the theme of “not getting things right the first time around”, I bring you the neckline decreases on the garter rib cardigan:
I was just kind of making things up as I went as far as my decrease placement went; I knew I wanted to start opening up the deep v-neck just under the bust, and continue sloping the fronts away from each other until the top of the shoulder, knowing that the shawl collar would fill in part of that open v shape. But I decreased way too frequently – I’m only at the underarm, and have already decreased away far too many of the stitches to maintain a gradual slope:
But it’s ok. As I’ve mentioned, I’m putting together a pattern/tutorial for this sweater, and this is the perfect opportunity for me to test out the tutorial I’ve written for the v-neck shaping. I’ve done the math for my size, and I think it’ll work out much better than the “seat of my pants” sort of decreasing scheme I was using.
This gets me thinking about my design process more generally. I do a LOT of my design-related thinking on the needles. You all remember The Swatch, right? I knit a whole entire me-sized sweater just to think through the design of a larger sweater for a friend. Sometimes I think it’d be a lot easier if I were the “write the pattern first, then test knit it while knitting the sample” sort of designer, but that’s just not the way I think. But what I would like to do, especially if I write most of my patterns as pattern/tutorials, is write the tutorial part while I’m knitting, so that I really am using the tutorial to knit the garment, instead of reverse-engineering the tutorial afterward. Because really, I am using the techniques and math I describe in the tutorial when I think about garment shaping on the needles, but I don’t usually think of it that way, and I definitely don’t write it down until I’ve already knit the piece, which is kind of silly.
Those of you who dabble in design, what’s your process?