|is there a lace pattern in all that?|
178,711 patterns in Ravelry - countless more hidden away in books, pamphelts and magazines that have never been openly posted.
64,608 Different Yarns - and so many more that are in stash Purgatory from collected by our friends, grandmothers, and who know how many more are local purveyors who sell at local venues and events uncatalogued.
|ugh...christmas daybreak shawl|
With this many choices, it's no mystery so many projects go wrong. How can you make the perfect match?
1) Get to know your yarn - how will it behave? will it be warm? is it next to the skin soft? is it thick or thin or both, will it drape, will it pill? is it workhorse or hot house flower? how long have you had it - has it seen its day? is it fuzzy-like or smooth operator?
2) Get to know your pattern - is it simple or complex? Does it flatter or flop? does it want your yarn choice? is it the right season to knit this? does it need order and discipline of a smooth yarn or is it free and easy- perfect for fuzziness?
3) Is the color right for you and the project? is it a next to your face color?Is it too busy, variegated, simple, or loud for the pattern? Will the color mask the pattern, will it get lost? Is the pattern and yarn so simple that you will have to sleep knit to complete?
3) Arrange the date - swatching! The only way to know if they might get along is to swatch. I know, I know - the S word. But swatch does not have to mean the 4" by 4" square of boredom. Try casting on the smallest piece of the pattern - the sleeve or a front. If they hit it off, you keep going, if it's flop you move on. I can't tell you how many times I have been possessed by the idea of a pattern and certain yarn together only to try them out and know it's over before it began. Sometimes its enough to just try it on the needles and know. The fascination ends and I move on.
When you consider the odds...it is a wonder 50% of all projects don't end in divorce.