Have you ever designed a knitting pattern using Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System? Her method helps you create a sweater from the beginning, the one that suits you exactly. If you never tried to design before, there is no better time than now. Why? Since August 9, 2010, she was 100 years old since she was born. I am designing an arantine jersey in the celebration of this master's birthday. Warning: design is a messy process.
First step: measure a favorite shirt of the same weight as the one you are going to design.
This tells you how much good room you like in your shirt, whether it is a lot or a little. Without the right amount of wiggle room you will never be fond of your shirt, no matter how good you knit each stitch.
Second step: find yarn you love.
For an economical way to buy large amounts of yarn, buy a cow of it. I did some wool yarns on eBay a few years ago and didn't know what to do with it, because it was tip weight and then I didn't know the tip weight of a shoe tip. I discovered just that in my stash and recognized a hundred possible ways I could use it.
Third step: Make a trial.
At first I thought I would make an Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi Are Square shawl with the tip weight. It is a design that she "unforeseen" who is open down the front so that the shawl will stay on your shoulders without problems. Cool! But until I could find the book with that pattern I changed.
I liked the tip weight when it was knitted on the size of four needles, thought it was better doubled and loved the triple. After washing the sample, the triple-string stocking and back stitch were measured 5 stitches per inch, had great stitch definition and pleasant softness. Thus, the idea was born of knitting an aunty sweater.
Four steps: choose which stitch patterns you want.
In honor of Elisabeth's 100th anniversary, I watched Aran's seam pattern with the numbers on her birthday. August 9, 1910 gives the numbers 8, 9 and 10. After selecting stitch patterns with these numbers, I knit a dot, discovered how much the cable pattern pulled in the fabric and knew that I needed more patterns to go around my chest.
I had wanted a large diamond pattern, but it didn't fit her number. Then it started on me that I could use 19 from 1910 for a nice big. Keep in mind that I cannot find a 19-stitch diamond pattern. I'll invent, whoops, "unvent" one.
Fifth step: Knit a test cover.
When it happens, a hat uses half the amount of stitches that your shirt has. What better way to see how your stitch patterns look? Knitting in the round can change your meter. While you find out what size your amounts of cable patterns stop measuring, or whether to add or drop any stitches or you might prefer another arrangement, you produce a hat you or some happy loved one can wear.
I knitted another sample instead of the hat while I performed my pattern arrangement and how my big diamond could look.
Sixth Step: Knit the sweater!
I'm not there yet, but close. Let me reconsider my patterns with my big diamond slip in the middle and find out which patterns fit best on my sleeves. Then I'll stick my hat as proof it works. Hi, I've lost my favorite hat this winter, so I need a new one.
Then I can knit my shirt by using the EZ's percentage system, which tells us, based on how many stitches fit us around the chest, how many stitches make the bottom, armholes, neck, cuffs and sleeves also suitable. I know my finished shirt will suit me just right. Happy birthday, Elizabeth Zimmermann, and thank you for helping me design a knitting pattern for your honor.