I’ve been designing quite a bit lately, because I want to re-stock my shop. I prefer to do that with completely original products rather than just using other people’s patterns. That leads to a very time consuming process.
I usually start with yarn – I pick something from my yarn stash and then I think of different ways I could use it. What is the weight sufficient for a pair of gloves, a sweater or just a hat? I also notice the quality of the yarn and what kind of fiber it is. Is the yarn chunky? That’s probably not gonna work for smaller projects. Chunky yarn has a very defining quality, it usually stands out more when you do simple stitches or you have to adjust the size of them substantially. For example a chunky yarn blanket with big cables looks just wonderful. When you do a chunky yarn neck warmer, a garter stitch will do. Another thing to consider is the character of the fiber – is it shiny, furry or is it speckled, contains more than one color? As much as I like yarn with multiply colors, it’s not the best if you want to create for example a delicate lace.
I usually go for sport-weight one-color-only yarn. But it is a question of taste. For my fingerless gloves project I chose Drops Baby Alpaca Silk. It was lying in my yarn stash for a long time, waiting for a suitable project. I think the silk shine looks pretty, but the cable stitch might have stood out more with a standard wool or alpaca yarn. This yarn is very very soft and looks kind of glamorous, but also romantic. I also love the “old pink” color.
After I chose the yarn, I drew a simple design with the cable stitch on top. Because of the character of the fiber, I decided I should use the knit stitch for most of the glove. It also makes the other stitches stand out more. I have re-done some parts of the glove several times before I was completely satisfied with the result.
So, what do you think? Would you do something differently? What is your creative process if / when you design?
You can find the pattern on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/555524352/pattern-louise-fingerless-cable-gloves
You can also let me know if you would like to test the pattern for me. I would really welcome that. Any sport-weight yarn would do.