My 30 Day Sweater Challenge Log: Design Mishaps Do Happen!




Hi, It's Donna again with an update on my 30 Day Sweater Challenge Progress.

I'm designing a sweater for the challenge which, when it's completed, will be available for purchase. I've been logging my progress not only for the challenge, but also so knitters can see the work that goes into designing a sweater.

A Sweater Update
I'm now to about 9 inches into my circular yoke. My plan is to have small scallops with larger scallops at the raglan seams. 
Using a piece of graph paper, I plot the number of stitches in my sweater. It really helps me to plan by laying out the number of stitches I have in each section. I'm also using it figure out how wide each of the scallops should be. Being a visual learner, it allows me look at the overall design. I also make notes of any adjustments I made as I knit this design or pitfalls along the way.
Okay, I can see that the design fits on each of the sections, but I have an extra stitch in the back. I'll note that stitch on the sheet to know where I will have to do a bit of finagling (which I hate by the way).
Helpful Sweater Planning Tip
This graph paper is really handy and I use it a lot. The folks at 30 Day Sweater Challenge recommend you get a binder with sheet protectors to stay organized. Insert your planning hard copy, a separate protector for your swatch. In my case, I'll insert this graph paper with my design and notes.


What Happened Since my Last Blog Post
MISADVENTURES IN DESIGN OR HOT MESS 101
Merrily knitting my first row, I added my main color to start to offset the petals - looking good!  Researching for this project, I also learned a new method of stranding that keeps me from long strands!  Woo Hoo!
On to the second row in seed stitch, oh no, I've run into a problem. I'm not sure that I can do Fair Isle knitting in a seed stitch pattern. The stranded color floats are showing through on seed stitch...not good. I obviously overlooked the fact that if I was going to do this I should have planned to steek. In hindsight, a gauge swatch of the colorwork in pattern would have saved me a lot of grief!  
Note to self: Gauge swatch the colorwork before beginning your project.
After taking several deep breaths, it's back to the drawing board to look at my graph!  Aha!  I can still continue my seed, but will do the main color offset in stockinette.  That makes sense, because the body will be in fisherman rib and that will make a nice transition!
Now I am several rows into the pattern!  The stranding is really easy and supposed to be invisible from the right side.  Oh no, it isn't............. What the.........??????  Ok, the seed is a little more open than stockinette and the transition from purling the knits and knitting the purls opens it up even more allowing the stranding to peek thru more than I think is attractive..........
Decision point...........continue on?   Recalibrate and redesign? 
Now if you have read this post you'll probably be getting the impression that I am new to knitting (not), have never designed (not) and am technically inept (well maybe.........the jury is still out on that one)!
There are several things to be learned here...
1.  Not every pattern stitch or motif, while technically correct will translate well for every project and every fiber.  If I redesign, I'll save the petal motif for another project with another yarn.
2. Every detour is an opportunity to learn.  I have learned more from what didn't work than from what did.  It's a continuous learning for me!
3. In considering whether to redesign, is my current design something that I would wear and wear often? 
4. Is this a joy to knit and would I want someone else to knit itor wear it?
5. Simple isn't stupid, over-thinking a design is...
Well, this is certainly a challenge..........oh, wait .........it IS the 30 Day CHALLENGE after all!!!!
Stay tuned for my next post where I'll show my decision!!!!
P.S.  While we're on the subject.........why not share some of your knitting challenges or dillemas and your 30 Day Challenge project pics too!