Since my Habu pullover is officially ripped (yes, I bit the bullet and did it. Also, yes, I am going to have to buy more yarn), I’ve decided to test a new design process that’s been bumping around in my head:
Writing the pattern BEFORE knitting the piece. Or at least, crunching the majority of the numbers pre-starting (thus the laptop with spreadsheet open in the background). The major advantages I’m hoping to get out of this method are:
1. Most of the hard work is done up front, so writing the final pattern post-knitting is less of a daunting task.
2. Designs will be better planned to work for a range of sizes.
#1 is really the big motivator for me. I have a tendency to just jump in and start knitting. And although I *do* take notes of everything I do, getting that into a pattern and then multi-sizing….yech. It’s tedious and I just want to get onto knitting the next thing! This way I get that out of the way and then get onto the fun part. I think I’ll probably also finish more things this way, since one of my frequent problems is that I get hung up on details at the end. More forward planning ought to fix that, no?