• cathy

The Design Process - part 1

Updated: Oct 25, 2020

Have you ever wanted to design your own sweater or shawl? How would you get started? Would you select the yarn first and design around it, or would you select the design first, or the stitches you’d like to use?

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a knitwear design class with James Cox (a wonderful designer known for elegant knitwear) through Stitches at Home. One of the concepts he emphasized was that design is an iterative process of planning, exploring, experimenting and editing choices. I share his philosophy of design as a cyclical process. And by happy accident, I was wrapping up work on a feature for KnitWiz giving users the ability to begin designing with yarn, stitches or shape. To underscore this cyclical nature of the design process, the new user interface is a large circle. Click on any link in the circle to get started. Then, once the circle is completed - i.e. all the necessary elements are in place - you are taken to the design details view where you can continue to edit and refine your design.

View this short video to get started with your own design!

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