For my birthday this past November my sister sent me enough Malabrigo to knit a sweater and I've been on the search for the perfect pattern ever since. The trouble is, I'm no longer convinced that the perfect sweater pattern exists. There are tons of great ones, many sweaters that I love and want to knit for myself, but not with this malabrigo. I think the problem is that I went into this search with a pattern in mind and have ruled everything out because, well... because it's not the sweater in my head and that means it's not perfect.
So I decided last week that I was just going to have to design this sweater myself.
That's how far I've gotten. I'm not even going to tell you how long it took to draw something that even resembled the shape of a sweater (I've never pretended to be an artist. Well, except with music. You know what I mean.), but this is where I'm stuck. Here's what I know about my sweater:
- It's knit at a really dense gauge because it's going to be a coat
- It's going to have cables
- It's going to have twisted stitches (this then rules out it having cables, I think)
- It's going to be knit in pieces
- It's going to have set-in sleeves
- It's going to have a zipper up the front
- It's also going to have a front flap that buttons closed with toggles
- The band around the bottom is going to be a sideways cable knit separately as a strip
- It's going to have a collar, I just don't know what kind yet
So I'm back to where I was when I drew that picture. A blank sweater-shaped canvas that needs to be filled with some sort of pattern and this is where I realize, for the tenth time, that I'm not a designer and may be a bit over my head. How do they do it?