Annette Petavy Design – Newsletter August 2009 – Changing a stitch pattern

Changing a stitch pattern

There are (a few) crochet designers who invent complicated new stitch patterns from scratch. I admire them a lot, but I’m not one of them. I generally use an existing stitch pattern as my starting point. Sometimes I’m inspired by a stitch pattern, and use it as a part of my design. Other times I have a more general idea of what I want to make, and I search for a stitch pattern that would work in the design. I may find something that fits the bill perfectly, but very often, I modify the stitch pattern to make it suit the design (and my personal taste!).

In this month’s newsletter, I want to share an example of the process with you.

I was randomly leafing through stitch dictionaries (I won’t tell you how often I do this!) when I stopped at a specific pattern in a Japanese book. I had already noticed it, but this time I decided to work it up in the lace-weight yarn I wanted to use, to see how it would turn out.

Not bad. I still liked it, and what attracted me the most were the crescent-shaped… waves. I wanted waves. I decided that these « waves » were going to be the focal point. Therefore, I didn’t need all the dc rows in between. I only needed one, and I wanted that one as simple as possible – like the row right under the waves in my first swatch. I also wanted the waves to stand out a little more, to be a little more prominent. In the original stitch pattern, the highest stitch in each wave was a dc – but I already intended to put a dc row between the waves, with the same height. So I decided to use trebles in my waves.

I also thought that each wave could have a couple more stitches in it. There was enough room in the chain-space to put in two more stitches without modifying anything else.To remember all my thoughts and ideas, I plotted out a diagram (I use specific software for this, but pencil and paper work fine, too). I then proceeded to work a second swatch.

Almost there! But, well… I’m sometimes a bit detail-oriented. And the detail that bugged me here was that the waves looked more like arrows than like waves. They were too pointy. To create a more rounded shape, I increased the number of trebles in each wave from three to five.

Hard to see the difference? Perhaps, but I’m happier with this. It reflects my vision more precisely. I can see the waves ripple over the water…

So, take a hard, long look at your favourite stitch patterns. Perhaps you can change something in them, to create something new and uniquely yours!

See you soon!


Posts created 2336

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse e-mail ne sera pas publiée. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec *

Ce site utilise Akismet pour réduire les indésirables. En savoir plus sur comment les données de vos commentaires sont utilisées.

Articles similaires

Commencez à saisir votre recherche ci-dessus et pressez Entrée pour rechercher. ESC pour annuler.

Retour en haut