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On Naming Knitting Patterns

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On Naming Knitting Patterns

I love the stories behind names - whether it’s a new baby, a novel-in-progress or a knitting pattern, I’m always down with hearing what went into the choice.It’s not easy, coming up with creative, catchy and memorable names for 12-14 patterns a year. There’s always a moment in the design process (usually the ‘miles of stockinette’ or ‘make second sleeve’ section) when I look down at the project in my hands and think “What am I going to call this?”My first drafts are usually not terribly good. La Peregrina was called Lacy Heart Thing for awhile. Dorsett had several names,...

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Knitwear Design as Problem Solving

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Knitwear Design as Problem Solving

I was a teaching a knitting class last month and while we were working away on some short rows, one of the women in class asked me what inspires my designs. Truthfully, when I started submitting designs to magazines years ago, I was trying to come up with things I hadn't seen before. I thought that was my only way into the market. The results were... interesting, but lacked universal appeal. I'm still proud of those designs, but not many people opted to knit them.Now, I tend to approach design from a problem solving point of view - as much...

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