Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Finding Design Inspiration

If you would've asked me a few months ago if I thought I could design a crochet pattern I would've told you no. It's amazing how things can change when you least expect them to.

About two weeks ago I was working on a project that didn't pan out very well for me. I frogged the attempt at a new cowl and rewound my yarn. The yarn promptly went back into my craft cabinet, but that yummy Malabrigo candy kept calling my name! Especially the red colorway.

I decided to go ahead and try to wing it and make a cowl anyway, without a pattern. My thinking was that I had this beautiful yarn and I wanted to quickly crochet a cowl so I could wear it as soon as the weather began to turn cooler.

Soon after beginning this project I realized how much I liked how it was coming together. The rounds were joining together practically seamlessly! Then I thought what a great project this would be for me to share, especially if there are any new crocheters out there who are looking for a simple project with almost instantaneous gratification! This is also a great project for experienced crocheters who are looking for an efficient project that will leave them with a classic cowl to wear for years to come.

[caption id="attachment_125" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Prima Classic Cowl"]Prima Classic Cowl[/caption]

I was shocked that I had come up with a pattern! It's a pattern that I'm proud of and I actually had a friend ask me to make one for her, too! That made my heart sing, I tell ya. It boosted my confidence, enabling me to think that I just might be able to come up with more designs in the future that other crocheters would like to try. Amazingly enough, this design and pattern came together by following the inspiration of a simple plan in my mind and using wonderful yarn.

I'm in the process of making my second Prima Classic Cowl as a way of testing my pattern notes to make sure they will be easy to follow. My plan is to release the free pattern within a week, so stay tuned! This may end up being your favorite crocheted cowl of the season, too!