- When you're making a sample, count the stitches. This is particularly useful in the joining row and the smallest/largest diameter of any shaping. It is really, REALLY hard to count those stitches once the sample is done.
- Unless your stitch pattern is specifically designed to take advantage of pattered yarn, get a solid (or semi solid, at most). Even tonal yarns can pool unexpectedly.
- Save your ball bands, especially on big projects. By the time you're done, you may or may not remember how many you had to start with.
- Don't try to design something using a technique you're not super familiar with. It doesn't matter if you can do the math and design aspects if the stitching makes you want to scream.
- The job is a lot of fun... unless you over schedule yourself. Have fun! :)
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Things I've Learned as a Designer
I haven't been doing this very long, but have already learned some significant (and mostly painful) lessons, which I thought I would share for everyone's edification. Or for everyone to laugh at me. You know, whatever. So, in whatever order they occurred to me: