Woohoo! Now you can knit your shadow, too!

Wheeeeeeeee! I am so pleased! I’ve been working away like mad on my new pattern for the Knitted Shadow Scarves.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

I have had a lot of letters from people who

have liked my  crocheted Shadow pattern, but who don’t crochet.

They asked me to puhleeeeeeeeeeeeze design a knitted one….

which was good, because it’s something that I have wanted to do,

and knowing that people were asking for it makes it worth the work to do it.

A lot goes into designing a new pattern.

It starts with sketches, then moves on

to working out gauge.  Then there’s a heap of

math for developing the stitch count

so I can translate my sketches into a shape that works.

And, usually, the shape doesn’t work at first, so there is a lot of

knitting, ripping out, and knitting again.

As I knit, I write the pattern out long hand, and then write it out in proper pattern format

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

on my computer.

Then, I print it out,

knit it again, and find all the errors

that I can.  I edit it again,

then knit it a couple more times,

checking the pattern again each time.

I photograph it as I go,

so I can add helpful pictures to

the pattern.

Then I photoshop the pictures,

erasing the background, to take out

distractions and to keep the focus on the images.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

The photoshopping process is long and slow,

and I end up working one pixel at a time….

yes… I know, that’s kind of obsessive, but

I want the photos to be beautiful.

Then, it’s time to put the text pattern

together with backgrounds, titles, photographs,

sidebars and whatever else it takes to make the

pattern a thing of beauty and a joy to behold.  It takes a long time and a heap of hours with close focus, but it’s really worthwhile.

So, that’s a nutshell description of how a pattern comes to life – from the initial sketches right to the ‘wrap it around your neck’ stage.

And, it makes me sooooooooooo happy to do it.  It’s hard work, and that’s for sure, but it’s worth it!

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    • http://www.mazeltovjewelry.com Cyndi Lavin

      How in the world did I miss these?!? I had to go back and look at the crocheted version…what a riot, Noreen!

    • http://www.theartfulcrafter.com/ Eileen

      Thanks for the peek behind the scenes, Noreen. It makes the patterns I buy seem like a real bargain!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Thank you so much, Eileen!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Thanks so much, Cyndi!
      Designing the shadow scarves has been a wonderful voyage of discovery. I love how they change when I work with different yarns, threads, handspun, wire, cord, roving, paper….
      It’s also been interesting to find how different it feels to knit the Shadow, rather than crochet it. This is something I can see playing with for quite awhile!

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    • http://www.acreativedreamer.blogspot.com ACreativeDreamer

      Wow, and I thought I was the only compulsive one! Quite the process, and a great look into it for the rest of us!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      LOL! Sometimes, compulsive behaviour can result in good things! (grinning from ear to ear)