A guest post by Susan Santos.Knitting patterns and recipes have a lot in common. They both generally have a list of required ingredients–yarn, needles; butter, flour, etc. This is usually followed by steps of execution–CO 100 sts, knit two rows; preheat the oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9″ cake pan, and so forth. Maybe you decide to use a square pan instead of round, olive oil instead of butter, but the thought of changing a knitting pattern makes you break out in a cold sweat. It doesn’t have to be that way! Next time you’re perusing sweaters from a pattern book or online, what if you decide to get all badass on that sweater and not follow the instructions? What if you work a swatch in some yarn you already have in your stash, pick some stitch patterns you like better than what the designer chose, change the neckline and ribbing, get all Frank Sinatra on that sweater and do it YOUR way? And what if it turns out to fit just the way you want and becomes the sweater you’ve always dreamed of knitting? It can happen, and it’s easier than you might think. Stories in Stitches 6 has a great “recipe” for customizing a Gansey, with your choice of stitch patterns, sleeve length, necklines, and ribbing, along with helpful tips on choosing yarn for children’s, women’s and men’s Ganseys. It also contains four patterns you can use as inspiration. More info about Stories in Stitches Book 6: Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose by Donna Druchunas & Ava Coleman.
Susan is is living the dream in Colorado—knitting, designing, and working as Donna Druchunas’ assistant. Find her on Ravelry as JelliDonut, and on her Facebook page, The JelliDonut Shoppe. Susan will be stepping up to a leadership role on the Stories In Stitches team beginning this fall as we begin a major reboot to expand Stories In Stitches in 2017! So keep your eye out for new online courses, single patterns, ebooks, and more.