Although I have been knitting and crocheting for many many years, I always tend to follow a pattern, or at least adjust a pattern to suit my needs.
But recently I had taken the step towards knitting totally without a pattern, and actually create my own knitted items. My first item is a pair of socks, for a swap partner. I loved the knitted stitch pattern that I discovered, and wanted to knit something in it, but to find a sock pattern in it and suitable for the yarn I had bought for my swap partner, was a huge task. So I took the time, wrote down the pattern, stitches, worked my swatch, did all my calculations, wrote down some more notes, knit another test sample and got the gauge I needed. Then I cast on for the sock, toe up, as I love knitting toe up socks, and started. I knitted and wrote the pattern as I made progress. I knitted a heel flap, as it is most wearable for most. Then onto the leg, and it still fits every time I try it for size.
Then I also tried my knitting skills at a fingerless mitt. I wanted something that was not fussy and complicated, but included some pretty bits of colour. So keeping in mind my previous preparations for the sock, I followed the same. Lots of writing, drawing, swatching and gauging until I was confident that I had it right. Once I cast on and started, it just flowed so effortlessly. I did little colourwork in the mitt, and adjustments in the amount of stitches to keep the fit comfortable, not to loose or tight.
It does not look bad, but I think I will be working on some adjustments on future mittens, I need to work on some areas of the mitten that I do think I could do better.
And that is what I have been up to lately. I have other projects on the needles that is going fairly, like my Manos wrap. But first I need to finish the other sock Then back to my current WIP’s.