I’ve got the gauge, I’ve got the stitch pattern, and I’ve got the design in my head. It’s time to start getting this pattern on paper.
I’ll start by measuring my teapot. 19″ around the fattest part, which, with some math, can give me my stitch count.
Then I’ll sketch out my design, adding in notes about all the details- where the increases will be, what stitch pattern to use, etc. I’m going to make this tea pot like a modified hat. So, I’ll start from the bottom and work up, but I’m going to knit flat (until I make it to the “crown”). That will make it easy to make the big hole for the handle; I’ll just sew up an inch or so at the hem, and voila! Tea cozy. (Or at least that’s the plan.)Then, starting with the cast on at the bottom, I write a first draft of the pattern, knowing that a bunch of it will be wrong. But that’s OK, that’s what first drafts are for!Then, I finalized the stitch pattern…
I totally used up most of the yarn I was planning on using (I got excited about another project and used up almost all the red and yellow and blue… oops!)Well, I’ve got lots of neutrals, so I guess this teapot will be more neutral than bright and colorful. Ooh! I can use neutrals for the stripes and colors for the dots. That should look cute!OK, now that everything’s set up and beautiful, it’s time to start knitting! (And time to start figuring out where all my mistakes are!)
This is fascinating!
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