Swatching and Math

Today’s confession is that I’m not good at following through. As such, that will likely be my last Sunday Confession.

Onto new business, I haven’t been posting as much as I had been because I’m finding myself very busy lately. With A being back in school 3 days a week, the 1.5 hours I get to myself is overshadowed by the 2.5 hours of getting him ready and walking him to and from school. I also signed myself up for swimming lessons, which I love, but they are taking up two evenings a week.

When I have been getting some free time lately I’ve been planning my new girl’s sweater/jacket design. This one is going to be fairly complex again so I’m having to learn some new techniques along the way. The idea for the sweater came while looking for a fall jacket for P last week. I didn’t like anything I saw but I did like the looks of some chunky, fair isle cardigans. After seeing those I couldn’t get them out f my head and I’ve been preoccupied with designing my own ever since.

I spent some time trying to come up with my own fair isle motif. It didn’t take me long to figure out that not only is a good motif extremely complex, it’s just not the type of designing I’m good at. Instead I hit the book store and found 200 Fair Isle Motifs, which is an incredible directory of all things Fair Isle.

Then I dug through my yarn stash and found a bunch of Cascade 220 in lots of different colours. I wanted the sweater to be nice and dense so I picked a US 5 needle and started swatching. Happy with how the swatch turned out I began all the math. I’ve now got the measurements worked out for 5 different sizes and converted them to stitch and row counts. I’ve started writing what I know of the pattern so far and will make the rest up as I go.

I cast on this morning for my sample, which will eventually be P’s fall jacket. Hopefully I will finish it and the pattern before we’re fully into winter coat season. Stay tuned for more updates on the pattern writing and progress on the sweater. I figure posting about it will keep me motivated to finish!

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