"Writing a knitting pattern is easy," she said. "Just jot down the steps and there you have it!" Well, it really wasn't as easy as that!
This Saturday, August 25th, I'll be at Frontier Day in Taylorsville from 10:00 - 3:00 pm. You should come, it'll be fun!
Not only will I have a booth of my knitted goodies, but I'll also be teaching knitting. The first knitting class starts at 10:00 am, with two other times throughout the day.
It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to teach people at this event. A scarf will take too long, a pot scrubber is. . .well. . .I don't know, too pot scrubbie.
I know, wrist warmers! Everyone's always asking for these, and I can write a simple pattern for people to follow!
My first attempt was, well, a first attempt. The pattern was boring and needed at least a photo!
My pattern wasn't very well written. I needed to provide some type of description of what we were going to do. And I needed to elaborate on the materials needed and instructions.
So I tried again.
My second attempt was a little better.
At least I had a photo but that took a while. I"ll show you in a moment.
I had a fuller description but there were still things on the pattern that didn't work. How do you cast on, how do you cast off, what size are the wrist warmers. Kind of important things!
I had to keep reminding myself that I need to write this pattern as if people don't know how to knit. Because, you know, they don't know how to knit!
I set out to take a photo of the finished product so I can include it on my pattern. A simple photo of the wrist warmer on my arm, holding a cup of coffee, with a business card. But the devil is in the details!
Who knew taking a photo of your hand could involve so much!
After taking something like 30 photos. . .
Finally. . .I finally had a photo where my wrist doesn't have a huge lump on it, my thumb doesn't have a death grip on the coffee mug, and you can actually read my business card!
Now back to the pattern.
Just a few more edits.
The description is good, filled with my super exciting text of the wrist warmers. Go on, read it, see, super exciting, right!
I added a section about the materials required. I knit three different wrist warmers, (small, medium, and large) and measured, then added sizing.
I've written out everything I can think of by way of instructions. And then I sat on the pattern for three days, reading it thru when I had a break in work, trying to be sure I included everything.
I think I've done it! I've finished writing my very first, super easy, knitting pattern.
Here's what happening in Taylorsville on Saturday!
I hope you can join me! I'll have knitting needles, yarn, and my brand spakin new wrist warmer knitting pattern available for you, if want to hang out and learn to knit!