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Create It

What do I do when I can’t find a pattern to match what I have pictured in my mind?

Make it myself.

Now, I haven’t done this much. I’ve modified patterns, changed them, based them from something and worked it out myself. But my own? Hardly.

But it’s time. Oh, it’s time. In my mind I have the perfect pattern for my Noro Kureyon yarn that I got in a swap. It’s a raglan style hoodie with a pocket in the front. I want a simple, basic pattern for something like this and I can’t seem to find one after a ton of Google searching. I wanted it to be somewhere between the Under the Hoodie pattern in Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitters Handbook and Janda from Knitty and Rogue (minus the cables). Easy right? (hahahaaa)

I like the bottom of Rogue and how it’s folded under – I’m not a fan of the ribbing at my waist. I like the way the pocket is constructed on Rogue – how you knit it as you’re going and don’t sew it on after. I like the hood construction of Under the Hoodie and how it crosses a bit in the front. I don’t like the way you knit two big squares and there’s NO shaping to the shoulders/arm area. I don’t know why I threw Janda in the mix because there’s nothing particular I love about it other than it has shaping in the shoulder/arm area and the hood is okay, too.

None of these patterns I love so completely that I want to use all my lovely Noro Kureyon yarn for it. So, I must create my own pattern.

I’m sort of using this tutorial from Knitty: Knit by Numbers. There’s also this one from Glampyre: Striped Raglan from the Bottom Up. I have the same gauge as Janda, so I’m loosely using the cast on amounts. I’m going to start at the bottom, with smaller needles and do the hem as per Rogue (well, sort of… mostly I’m winging it). I’ll do the pocket a lot like Rogue as well. The rest will be pretty basic and mostly winging it, but I think I’ll do okay.

I’m really quite excited about this! I think I’ll be doing it for the Stash-a-long.

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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