Every designer has her/his own way of approaching a new project. I like to figure out all the numbers and sizes before I settle down to knit my first sample. I even write up the instructions. I get the fiddly stuff out of the way and then I have the pleasure of the knitting. After I knit then I get to fiddle again with numbers and editing before I move on to photography and formatting the document.
Naturally before I start with my spreadsheets and calculations, I do some swatching to figure out what gauge I’m working with and any particularities with the stitch pattern. For one of my current projects I’ve been exploring triangles.
I started with Nicky Epstein’s edging books for inspiration. There were several nice ideas that would probably be just fine for my design, but I thought I could push the idea a bit further. Then I thought a sawtooth edging on the bias might work but that seemed too obvious.
Finally I remembered the triangular earflaps on South American hats. Hmm, I think there’s potential there. Browsing through Andean Folk Knitting, I found what I was looking for, but it needed some tweaking. The top side of the triangle’s curving too much.
With a few extra decreases here and there … perfection.
The perfect triangles for the hem.
Now that I’ve finished the calculations, written the instructions and I’m knitting the sample, I’ve discovered that the smaller triangles I wanted to use on the sleeve just look a little whimpy. Back to the drawing board!