Way back in March of 2014, I wrote a post about my design goals. I had eight different styles of shawls that I wanted to experiment with and with my new release coming out next week, I will have accomplished all of them.
- Bottom up construction- this became my Spring Chill shawl (an old pattern now that doesn’t reflect my current style)
- Top down construction- my second shawl, Vefr, fulfilled this first (also an old pattern)
- Rectangular reversible- my third early pattern, the Ocean Waves Stole
- Center panel triangular- the Kerti Shawl, published in the book Joyful Lace
- Crescent shaped- the Tierra Shawl is a bottom up version and the Vedru Shawl is a top down crescent
- Rectangular with arms and symmetrical ends- one of my favorite things I’ve designed is the Gynnes Cardigan
- Cowl that also works as a poncho/shrug- this idea became the Lumi Capelet
- Shawl that alternates knit and crochet- and this idea became a new pattern coming out next week, a summer poncho with a crocheted border
So I think it’s time to set some new design goals. There are a lot of things I’m excited about working on, but my ideas are expanding beyond just lace shawls. Here are my new design goals:
- Create a series of eight learn to knit patterns that can be used by yarn shops, complete with student handouts and teacher notes.
- Develop several garments that incorporate lace and slipped stitch pattern work.
- Develop some accessories using Fair Isle techniques.
- Continue to explore lace shawls in all their many shapes.
These are a little more general than my previous goals, but reflect my current interests and goals. The first design goal is pretty clear cut– eight pattern kits and it’s done. The others I think I’ll call complete when I have 2-3 patterns in each category.
And if you are still wondering about that summer poncho that mixes knit and crochet, here’s a sneak peek!