There has been a number of knitters who are thinking about creating their own sweater designs. Over the past few months I've recommended the SWEATER WIZARD
It has occurred to me that folks might be hazy about what it does for you, and also, how to use it, and the advantages of using it. Also, there are some things it does not do for you!
First, here is a big advantage
in the form of a question:
Ever had a bunch of yarn in your stash...and ya just can't seem to find a pattern that will fit the gauge of the yarn? Tearing your hair out rummaging around in your leaflets and printouts? Are your fingers sore from keyboarding through every online pattern place?
Well, suffer no more!
Here's all ya have to do:
1) assemble your intended yarn
2) get out your knitting stitch bible
3) cast on a gauge swatch using your yarn and the pattern stitch
you'd like to use for the body of your sweater-to-be
1) open up SWEATER WIZARD
2) he will walk you through a number of choices you will have to make for him, such as A)
cardigan? pullover? B)
cropped length? tunic length? C)
round neckline? v-neckline? D)
for child? woman? man? E)
top down? bottom up? cuff-to-cuff? F)
flat? in-the-round? G)
raglan sleeves? set-in sleeves? drop shoulders? etc etc etc.
3) he will ask you about the needle size you used
for your swatch and the gauge
that you got
4) he will ask you about the size you want to knit
Then, you ask the Wizard to give you a pattern!
Voila! The pattern will include the yardage you need for this sweater using the yarn and pattern stitch that you worked up as your first step. The pattern will INCLUDE schematics. The pattern will tell you to create an edging such as ribbing, but that is all up to you about the type of edging for the bottom of the garment, and for the cuffs.
This is where you can interject your ARTISTIC taste! You can decide how you want to style other elements of the sweater such as colors, stripes, buttonbands, trims, collars, etc.
Here are some garments that I made this year, using the Sweater Wizard as my 'architect'! I also used Nicky Epstein's KNITTING ON THE EDGE book for some of the ruffle embellishments!
These 4 sweaters are not particularly FANCY designs. All of them are pretty straight forward plain designs, but sometimes the best sweaters are plain to start with, and then depending on the yarn, the pattern stitch, etc...you make them into something special!
Meant to add what the SWEATER WIZARD does not do for you:
it doesn't create unconventional sweater patterns, such as an 'asymmetrical sideways upside down' cardigan!
All 4 of the projects above are in my Ravelry Projects folder
, if you are interested in how they were developed. I don't have any official 'written out' patterns for any of them. Just a notebook with lots of notes, sketches, and of course, my Sweater Wizard 'blueprint' printouts! Not a Ravlery member yet? Right now, Ravelry is giving memberships to folks on the SAME DAY that they apply. No more waiting around for weeks or months.
Feel free to ask any questions about how the SWEATER WIZARD works! I will answer all questions as best I can!