In 2013 I had given myself the task to write up one knitting pattern, no matter what. My intention was not to become a famous knitting designer or anything wildly ambitious as that. I just wanted to experience the process of pattern writing, see what skills one needs to do it, learn something new.
And learn I did. It’s amazing how much writing even such a teeny tiny super simple pattern can teach you! Even though I was already highly confident with all the skills required to execute the pattern in question, the process of writing it led me to think carefully and deliberately about every single step we do in knitting.
All of a sudden gauge couldn’t be aaah-well-this’ll-do anymore – other people would depend on my exactness for their project to come out to the right dimensions. All of a sudden I was questioning which bind off is just the right one for this – because test knitters were asking whether they could change it to something else and I had to consider whether it would affect the overall design. All of a sudden I had to think about what information people would really need and what would be just crowding the instructions too much. All of a sudden I had a million modification ideas dancing around in my head, me, who is normally an I-prefer-to-knit-patterns-exactly-as-written girl.
It was illuminating. And in the end, rather than making me a famous designer, it made me a better knitter. Exactly what I wanted in the first place!
At the moment I’m thinking of putting another simple free pattern out there. It would be interesting to see how different the process is this time.
And you? Have you ever written a pattern? Do you want to? Do you think it would change how you approach your knitting?
(This post is illustrated with photos of the Kindle cozy I made while testing my own pattern.)