… to create your own intarsia chart? From scratch? Using only a book as a reference and a demo copy of designer’s software?
A capital letter “H” with a circle around it. I wondered often, “How hard can this be?” It was hard for a few reasons:
- Having never charted anything before, it was hard to figure out how big to make said design. This is for a sweater for my 3-year old – the design shouldn’t overwhelm an already small sweater, but it had to be large enough to be seen clearly.
- Placement of said design on the sweater was a challenge. I want it centered towards the top, but not so that part of the design is hidden beneath the rollneck. This part will probably be my undoing – if nothing else, the design must be centered. Must… be… CENTERED!!!
- There is no way – NO WAY – that anyone can freehand a perfect circle. You need a compass. Or a drinking glass/soup can/can of bug spray. I opted for the free demo of Cochenille Stitch Painter software.
So once I created the circle on my demo software, I was able to freehand a respectable block-letter “H” inside it. But once this was done, I couldn’t save the thing (demo software – no Save button), I couldn’t print the thing (demo software – no Print option), I couldn’t copy and paste the thing (demo software… you get the picture). So I copied every single block onto some knitter’s graph paper, and voila… finis.
Granted, this whole process took about 3 hours. But I think it just… might… work. I promise, I’ll post pictures of it when I get to the intarsia part of the project. Right now all I have are dark blue pieces of knitted fabric, which simply don’t photograph well. And I should be there soon – Husband and I are taking off on Thursday for a mini-getaway to one of our favorite places. We hear it’s supposed to rain and sleet all weekend. Ahhhhhh… knitting bliss.