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Topic: First patternless project - help?  (Read 554 times)
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« on: October 12, 2009 07:56:59 PM »

How do you knit up original designs? Do you do all the proper math and charting first, or just cast on and knit away?

I took the 'cast on and knit away' approach to a pair of mittens for my roommate, but am finding it has become a lot of trial and error, and I've taken them apart and restarted so many times. This is the first time I've ever attempted to knit something (other than scarves) without a pattern. Am I approaching this wrong?

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2009 06:39:43 AM »

I cast on and start knitting, see what works and what doesn't. Though my 'original' designs are more like taking two different patterns and meshing (mashing?) them together. Trial and error and ripping and reknitting is a good part of design. I suppose it helps to have a few basics laid out first, in your head if nowhere else; you want to know how many sts, how many for the stitch pattern if it's not stockinette or garter. It helps that there's basic 'recipes' or patterns for most items, like hats, mittens, shawls and sweaters. You just build on those.

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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2009 08:29:09 AM »

I use a bit of math and a bit of trial and error... I start out with something likely looking, using the same needles and technique I plan to use for the project. (I knit in the round for socks, but I might cast on less stitches) I experiment with different stitch patterns and sometimes with different yarns, and when I'm bored with that I have a swatch to measure.

I have knitted from scratch too, it depends on what I'm knitting. I constructed a knitted glove from the fingers and down, but I've yet to tackte glove #2. And I started number one more than a year ago...

Whatever you do, try to take notes. I'll have a nightmare trying to figure out what I did when knitting the next glove.
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2009 10:46:09 AM »

Awesome, thank you. I'm happy I'm not doing this completely wrong.
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