As humans we generally try to do our best. We try NOT to fail. But here, for all of us, is one place where we can be brave, be bold and if we fail: no one gets hurt!
If you are a knitter who always needs a pattern, NO PROBLEM! There are bazillions of pattern out there. If you search on Ravelry.com for “hat,” for example, you get 28,845 choices. We even have some here on Adele’s Legacy you can download for free. If you add “free” to your search for hats on Ravelry the number of patterns goes all the way down to 10,647! Clearly not enough for ANYONE, so it’s good that we added a few more…
But for those of us who want to be BRAVE and BOLD and try something new there is a way to have fun with our knitted or crocheted items and learn at the same time! When you knit for Adele’s Legacy you experience the luxury of knowing that what you create will be loved and cherished, WITHOUT having to deal with the constraints of personal preference.
Meaning that you get the fun of knitting ANYTHING you want, all the while knowing that it will be worn and loved as the PERFECT hat or sweater or scarf. That is so freeing!
It’s also pretty exciting! It means that any stitch pattern you see that you believe is pretty, or interesting, or might be fun to do is the PERFECT stitch pattern to use on your next hat. Or sweater. Or scarf! You can be brave and bold!!
Now, you have to be a bit sensible! Consider the number of stitches, the number of rows, etc. Obviously if you are considering a 200 stitch pattern that is 300 rows long for a hat…it might be wise to reconsider. But generally you can try out many stitch patterns that might be new to you on the items you knit for the children.
Here is an example. Let’s say you hear someone mention linen stitch. You have never used it so you look it up and learn that the pattern works like this:
This might be great for a scarf! Give it a try! It might be great! If not you can always rip it out and start again!!
Children’s scarves, hats, and even sweaters are a great place to experiment with new stitch patterns. If you try out a new stitch pattern in a small item like a hat or a scarf, then you will learn the stitch backwards and forwards, and you will be comfortable with it, but you don’t have to commit to working a full adult sweater.
Maybe you find a pattern like this in a book. You decide that it would be pretty in a hat. If you have a pattern you always follow for a basic stockinette hat, go ahead and follow it. BUT after you finish your ribbing, instead of working simple stockinette for the body of the hat, use this pattern instead. Work for as many inches as the pattern says, then do the decrease for the top of the head. If you decided along the way that the hat needed some color so you changed to red at the end..you would get a hat that looks something like this.
Hats and scarves, and even kid’s sweaters are great places to practice a new stitch someone told you about, or try out a new cast on you just learned. Obviously, if you don’t like what you create, you can always rip it out and start again, but don’t be afraid! This is a great place to be brave, bold and adventurous.
Have you tried something new in one of your creations? Tell us about it or send a picture and we will share it!