Based on a True Sweater

Jan. 9, 2008

My First Patterns of 2008

For Christmas this year, for my friends Susie and Rachael, I came up with a plan that would result both in gifts I would be excited to give, and patterns I could sell.

It started like this: Rachael and I tend to spend ridiculous amounts of time on the phone looking at Etsy, and she kept showing me neckwarmers that knitters and crocheters were selling. I really enjoyed looking at the different ways people have of constructing them, and I told Rachael I'd knit her one for Christmas (she doesn't knit).

Rachael Neckwarmer

I started thinking about designing a neckwarmer for Rachael that would suit her tastes and personality. It was a really fun exercise. And then, because Susie and Rachael were both among the friends I'd be spending Christmas with, and because they are both close friends of mine who inspire me a lot, I decided to do the same exercise for Susie.

Susie Neckwarmer

I'm really happy with how they both turned out, and I think they're fairly different from anything I've seen around. I'm currently knitting a version of each for myself, to test my patterns (and because I want them!). When they're complete (they almost are), I'll photograph them on me (or another willing human) and prepare the patterns for sale. I expect everything to be ready late next week.

I want to do a lot more design work this year than I have in the past, and plan to regularly release patterns for sale here. I have a couple of sweater projects in various stages of completion which will be on their way soon, including the revised version of this lacy summer sweater, which I was supposed to release last summer. (Erm... sorry about that.)

If you think you might be interested in purchasing the patterns for the Rachael or Susie neckwarmers, can you please let me know which you'd prefer: buying them separately, or buying them together (at a lower cost than buying both separately)? They will each be offered in 3 sizes.

Thanks for reading. I hope your 2008 is off to a great start!