For my next project after the slax – I remembered a wonderful pattern in an old Brother book that most of us have, The Rowan/Brother Designer Machine Knitting Book by Stephen Sheard. There are 25 patterns from at that time, from top British designers – I have used several of the sweater designs in this book and I particularly love the different necklines and sleeves that the various sweaters and coats offer.
The design I had in mind was a sweater designed by Alison Taylor – The Heraldic Sweater that was a complex single motif design with cables. I wanted to knit this for my husband but the graphs were way too small for me to see and besides which you have the laziest knitter on the planet here. Anyway now I have DesignaKnit 8, I thought I wonder if I can get this sweater into the software then knit it.
Funny thing is – the original pattern would not have been so complex if it was not for that chart – that I was unable to see clearly. I expect it would have been so much easier to knit but to read a full piece chart from a single book page ain't no fun.
There are charts but they are so difficult to see. First I had to draft in the 2 heraldic patterns – the lion and the eagle. The easiest way that I could see was to scan the 2 pics – tidy them up and then take them into DesignaKnit via the DesignaKnit Graphic Studio. As they were grayscale pics this was relatively easy – much easier to my mind than entering in the designs stitch by stitch in stitch designer. (Perhaps I should say it was quicker than easier.) Once this had been achieved successfully, the next step was the shape and what a shape. Seriously complex with the motif and cable set up, one point though at least the motif and cables helped me to count the rows and stitches rather than trying unsuccessfully peering at the stitches and rows. This job required a serious magnifying glass if I could be bothered!