Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Rodeo Knits Design Process

If you follow me on Instagram -- and why not? it's lots of pictures of knitting and/or beer -- you'll Miss Bab's Killington, a sport weight wool/silk blend. I'm through the first couple steps in the pattern, a scarf, and settled into the long straight scarf section.
know that I'm working on a new design in a bright pink

I thought I'd bring you along on my design process for this scarf, which doesn't have a name yet. I've been tossing a few around. I'm not sure where the name Killington comes from, but it makes me think of a mountain, and since I name almost all of my patterns after places and features of West Virginia, it makes sense to me to go with a mountain name in West Virginia.

And now for a tangent about mountains. The tallest mountain in West Virginia is Spruce Knob but the last time I named a pattern with "knob," one of my knitter friends from England clued me in that "knob" is a slang word in British English. So maybe I'll stay away from that. Raven Rock and Mount Porte Crayon are a couple of the other taller mountains in West Virginia. I think Raven Rocks has a nice ring to it, but I worry that "raven" has enough of a color connotation that it would make it difficult to see it in any color other than black.

But that's the end of that detour and as I typed it out, I realized I'm leaning very much to Raven Rocks.

So this is going to be a short series of blog posts about the new Raven Rocks Scarf pattern -- I like the way that sounds -- and it will be different from some other series I've read featuring a pattern.

I do plan to eventually release this as a self-published pattern available for purchase from various online sources (you know, like my other patterns on Ravelry or LoveKnitting) but until then, I'll post it for free while I'm drafting through it.

I'll post charts and yarn suggestions, needles and gauge, pictures, suggestions, edits, etc. here on this series and you're welcome to follow along, make suggestions, ask questions, anything you like. I like the idea of collaborating with knitters who will be working from my patterns.

Don't be shy and let's connect!