Category Archives: Pattern Construction

Schematics, Design & the Bell Curve

Many of knitters and crocheters – and I include myself – get rather annoyed when we pay for and download a pattern to find that it contains no schematic.  In this post I decided to discuss sketching one’s own. Due … Continue reading

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Three Examples of Excellent Narrative Pattern Writing

I love the reductionist-style knitting patterns from Continental Europe.  Drawing from the Norwegian knitting patterns of my youth and the reductionist-style German knitting patterns, I created my Neo-Norsk pattern construction method.  (See my blog posts The Reductionist Pattern, A Very … Continue reading

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Poncho Pattern Problems

Thinking of the ponchos so in vogue in the late ’60s and early ’70s (what my parents called “hippie garb”), I wasn’t particularly excited to learn that ponchos were again “in.”  (This picture [source] may bring back memories for some … Continue reading

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Strengthen Your Pattern: Schematics

Recently I received the newsletter of a knitting organization that focuses on knitting and crochet patterns (some rather pricey – up to US $12).   I skimmed the patterns but only two caught my attention.  I gave them a closer look.  … Continue reading

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“It’s Too Short!”

Sometimes you find that a child or grandchild grew taller without growing much wider!  The long sleeves of the sweater you lovingly knit that once fit perfectly now end several inches or centimeters above the wrist.  Or maybe even the … Continue reading

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Transforming Plain to Stylish for Valentine’s Day

Every Valentine’s Day I give Thor something I’ve designed and knit with him in mind.  I felt I had to make up for his birthday sweater out of yarn that quickly pilled miserably.  So last month I raided my stash … Continue reading

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Pattern Monstrosity

I saw on The Purl Bee’s blog site a sweater she knit from a pattern titled, “The Wonderful Wallaby: A Hooded Sweater for All Ages” (1984, Carol Anderson and Kirsti Williams).  The sweater was cute (a hooded pullover with a … Continue reading

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