My advice for anyone wanting to design.
Don’t wait until you are better or more experienced.
Play with your knitting.
- Let yourself have the freedom and room to make mistakes.
- Challenge yourself to learn new stitch patterns, find yourself a stitch dictionary, or three and see what stirs you.
- There is so much knowledge and tradition out there, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Just lend your own spirit to it.
- Explore construction methods. Top down, bottom up, raglan, saddle, yoke, set-in sleeve, flat, circular.
- Make sweaters in all these different ways and see how they each shine. Consider the strength and limitations of each design method.
- Embrace trial and error. Rip out your knitting.
- Make swatches.
- Knit from patterns that are well written, think about the designer’s goals and intentions.
Start where you are comfortable.
- Take a hat pattern and insert a new texture.
- Investigate how the shape changes when you alter your approach to decreasing.
- Swatch for projects.
- Swatch just to see what kind of fabric your yarn knits up as on a size 4,5,6.
- Take a class online. Go to a knitting workshop. Have a knitting retreat with your friends.
Don’t be afraid of math.
- Ask for help.
- Hire a tech editor.
Let yourself be a beginner and learn as you go.
- Find inspiration…in your closet, on pinterest, on Ravelry, in the woods.
- Meet your need, scratch your itch.