Design Process: from idea to pattern (the chaotic version)

Sometimes when I talk to Sarah and Katharina about their design process, I feel really bad… They tend to think things through and actually do the math on it beforehand. I on the other hand mostly just swing it…

When I start there are mostly pictures in my head (no math anywhere to be seen). So when I started on my corner to corner shrug I didn’t know what exactly it would be just that I wanted some kind of shrug and that I really wanted to try it out. I will take you along for the ride and tell you how I started getting to the pattern in the end.

The first things is quite straightforward: I bought yarn and was sitting down with Katharina talking about what to do with it. I did know that I wanted to do a rectangle with holes in it for the arms so I can wrap it around me.

Because I bought two different coloured skeins, I didn’t want to do normal stripes. I wanted to make it a bit less normal and do stripes that start in the corner. So my only challenge was how to get the holes in straight when the stripes aren’t.

As I am the trial and error person, I first wanted to make a small version where I could try it out and see how the things in my head would work out and then go on from there. After a little box of crochet (if you don’t know them, check them out, really cute subscription boxes I started buying – and yes, ad but unpaid! – years ago) arrived with a corner to corner crochet project my problem was solved. So the idea in my head formed even more and I thought: Just go for it, what is the worst that could happen?

Katharina was talking about measuring and doing the math on how big my stripes need to be and so on… I can tell you (and I am honest here, it is just you and me…) the only thing I actually measured was the width of my back…

And then I started…

As you can see with corner to corner crochet it was no problem at all to get the stripes right. And I decided on the width of the stripes on a whim. Because I liked how it looked. (Typical me…)

But then I actually had to think about where to put the arm holes. So I thought about how broad the front part needed to be to make me feel comfortable and I went for it. (By feeling I meant that I was holding the triangle in front of means tried to see at what point it would overlap in front.)

I think you can see it here: I used the width (bear with me I am not a native speaker and breath and width are confusing me right now… so if it is wrong insert the right word) of the first two stripes to start on the arm hole. Plus I took the start of the new colour to make a clean line.

At first I wanted to make the hole even bigger but keeping with the clean lines I put it back together with the coming colour change – which was more than enough space for my arm.

I did the same with the back and reduced the size a bit down to the width of two stripes and there I went. In the finished picture you can see it kind of looks like my plan… I could have done the back part a big wider but it still fits well. So without much of a plan or much measuring I actually got to where I wanted to go.

I am really glad how it turned out and like the way it looks when I am wearing it.

I admit that it could have worked out completely different, some of my projects definitely do. But I still love to work as I go with just a picture in my mind of where I want to go.

Can you relate to that or are you rather a planner?

So if you want to try this one out, this none-pattern, than I have a tip for you: measure the width of your back and decide how wide your stripes should be (easiest would be to have 2 but depending on your yarn and what you want, you can change it of course). For this here let’s keep going with 2 stripes (one stripe is half the width of your back). When you know that you can just start crocheting and while you are at it measure and check how wide you need to go with each stripe.

It is the same with the height, you decide where you want to put in the arm holes and how far down you want to go. Keep in mind that because it is a square (and we women tend to have hips) it will not close like a cardigan but flare out to the sides (what I really love).

If you have any questions give me a shout!

Take care, Christina

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