I'm designing a shrug, my very first design attempt. I never thought I'd try it this early in the game, but it just sort of.... happened. I found the yummiest pattern for a poncho. I bought some yarn, knit up a gauge swatch and practiced the pattern stitch.
First I decided I didn't like that stitch, so I inserted a different cable. Then once I was done swatching/practicing THAT, I got out the muslin. I wanted to see how much larger I would have to make it to fit around my, um, ampleness, tee hee. As I stood there, swaddled in muslin, feeling quite constrained and bulky, I realized, I don't WANT a poncho! lol
But, by this point, I was in love with my cable design, so I looked and my long rectangle of muslin, and thought, this would look MUCH better, like so, and if I knit in the round HERE, and do thus and so, and before you know it, I was sketching away and muttering numbers under my breath.
So, this shrug design has become my latest obsession (just one in a long, LONG line).
Thanks for your help!