Choosing a Project: Yarn Vs. Pattern

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One of the many things I love about knitting is the fact that there are so many ways to go about it. I can find an irresistible yarn, and then start dreaming about all the things I can possibly make. Or maybe I’ll fall in love with a sweater on Ravelry, and then spend weeks finding the perfect yarn to match. How I start a project really depends on my mood. How I chose the two projects I am working on now is a perfect example of my process (or lack thereof!).

© Tin Can Knits

One of the projects I am working on right now is a baby sweater called Playdate. For this project, the yarn called to me first. I kept eyeing the Scarlet color of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock every time I passed by it in the store. Even though I usually work with non-superwash yarn these days, the bright red color really attracted me. After a while, I couldn’t deny it any longer. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I would figure it out. 

I purchased the yarn, and spent some time considering what I could make with it. I decided that wanted a baby sweater, and the sweater had to use up just that one skein. I sifted through my Ravelry favorites, and looked at all the projects that would be a good match. I found Playdate, and it just so happened that we had a copy of the Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe book in the store. The gauge worked out well, and it was a perfect match!



© Shibui Knits

The other project I am working on is the Multigrain Scarf from Shibui Knits. With this project, the pattern called to me first. I loved the fact that it was a simple stitch pattern made engaging with gently shifting types of yarn. It helped that we have a lovely sample of it in the store. When I worked on the sales floor, I wore the sample so often that I thought it might be a good idea to make one. Then I got to work picking out the yarn. I used Silk Cloud, Cima, and Pebble as directed, but I chose different colors of yarn (Fjord, Graphite, and Abyss) for more of a gradient effect. I'm really pleased with how it's turning out so far!

So for me, there's no right or wrong way to pick out a project. It really does depend on the situation at hand! Both methods have resulted in some really satisfying projects. How do you choose a project?



August 29, 2016 by Oleya Pearsall
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Ann Eichenberger said:

I love the Multigrain scarf. Could you suggest combinations of brighter blues as well as the gray shades.

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