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OK, I'm so new to knitting I don't even know how to ask this question...<br><br>
How do you knit designs in your project? Are there pattens out there that tell you how to do it, or do you design your own? If you design your own, how?<br><br>
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There are a couple methods for putting designs IN knitting, fair-isle and intarsia. A google search, or a knitting reference should give you good info on them. You can also put designs ON knitting, either by embroidery or by knitting/crocheting an embellishment and then sewing it to a garment.<br><br>
There are plenty of patterns out there, and yes, you can also do your own. As for making up your own, you just "see" what you want, and do it, or draw it on knitter's graph paper, which you can get here:<br><a href="http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html" target="_blank">http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html</a>
 

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Amy- When I was on bedrest I got a really neat antique knitting book out of the library which had lot's of texture patterns in it- some I had never seen before. What was nice- they just gave the method for the pattern- without any stuff about knitting a garment. it would just say "This pattern repeats every 16 stitches" or something like that... then- if you wanted to put the design in the round- you would just make sure you cast on a multiple of 16... or- if you wanted you could pick 16 stitches in the center of a garment- and just fancy up and knitting pattern on your own. I knit a "sample scarf" with 4 inches of each pattern they had- the end result was unusable- it was fat and skinny and curled up on itself etc... but it gave me a chance to try them all out and decide which ones I enjoyed doing and what wasn't worth the bother.<br><br>
Something I REALLY encourage you to try is a cable... all you need to know is a KNIT and the purl stitch- you will knit many rows where nothing happens except making vertical lines of knit and purl- then in one row- you "do the cable thing" and viola- you get the rope look...then you have many more stress free rows before you do it again. It's SOOOO much easier than it looks. Go for it!<br><br>
Also- Just in case you were asking about color designs, as opposed to textures- you do that by knitting with 2 or more colors of yarn at the same time- one color you knit with and the other gets carried behind. You have to be careful with the tension of the carried yarn or it will not make a nice flat material- and it won't be stretchy- you can make these designs easily yourself with graph paper.<br><br>
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