I’m procrastinating just a little because it’s hard going back to scribble notes after 6 months — not recommended!!
I decided to only have the centre panel test knit for this design since there is no body shaping to the top itself.
For now, I publish all of my own patterns.
It’s hard to know which is better — booklet or full page format. Some people love the booklet format because its very transportable; others keep all of their patterns in plastic page protectors so really like full page patterns best.
The first 5 PurpleSage patterns were published using MS Publisher using a half-page booklet format.
Certainly there are pros and cons to the Publisher program itself, but since I don’t create drafts in that program and there are some issues when I copy from Word and Excel into Publisher, I thought I would use a full-page, 2-column Word format for the Celtic Jenna Rose sleeveless top pattern.
The pattern writing is actually taking way more time than the designing / knitting. One of the reasons, of course, is that the presentation of the pattern is so important — it’s not only the accuracy of the numbers and directions and clarity of same, it’s also the format
- booklet vs full-page
- columns vs full-width
- picture placement
- fonts and styles
- which techniques to include
and then there’s the photography! I spent most of yesterday afternoon with “Kes” .
She’s a little worse for wear — little chip off the nose and a “birthmark” on the cheek and hairless — but she’s been a wonderful help! Much easier taking pictures of her than of me through the looking glass!
Irish toddler Sweater (August 12 post)
I started the sample knit for this design and decided that, as much as I like seamless garments, this one would have to have underarm seams — with the cable patterns and centrepiece design it became too complicated to write the directions for all 5 sizes.
I did consider charting it exclusively, but reading charts is not an easy knit for some people.
So, a frogging I went and I will start anew on straight needles and see how it progresses.
Okay, back to work for me!