Garter Tunic Design, Part 1

Last time, I mentioned that I had frogged the original garter tunic. I decided that I wasn’t happy with the Drops pattern, but that I would swipe some of the design features of it.

I thought about the yarn I had: Noro Kureyon, color 150. I thought about the recipient: notch neck, tunic length. I thought about how I wanted to knit it: top-down.

The biggest issue really is the Noro. If the rounds are too large, the striping can look strange. I didn’t want to alternate balls every 2 rows to make a more defined striping scheme. I really wanted the tonal Noro striping. So a textured pattern — even one as simple as garter stitch — at the yoke where the rounds are longer made more sense.

I began knitting, starting at the yoke.

noro yoke
kureyon yoke [flickr]

I wasn’t 100% happy. The following day at work I was taking a mental break from some code and I suddenly drew this:

design process
a sketch [flickr]

Better, slightly more cohesive. I knit on…

[to be continued]

3 Comments so far

  1. stacey on September 8th, 2008

    that looks nice – the design is simple, but with nice little touches!

  2. Sara on September 8th, 2008

    your design looks intriguing. i love noro in garter stitch.

  3. E on September 8th, 2008

    Noro makes me happy and frustrated at the same time. Yay + Boo!