The design thus far...

I'm not sure how every other designer out there works up a pattern. I'd really love to know right now. I can see this design in my head (except for the end panels/corners; not sure what to do there yet...) but I'm having a heck of a time trying to translate from my head into knit and purl stitches.

First of all, there's so many choices. I could do a stockinette stitch background with my designs in purl stitch. Or, I could do a stockinette stitch background and use YOs to create my designs. Hmm....

I've got an idea for a leaf border (from Knitted Embellishments) combined with Columns and Twists, surrounding a 6/8 cable. Since those are worked width-wise (increasing the length of the stole as I go), I need to either (a) plan the designs in the remainder to be knitted in the same direction or (b) figure out a knit order and plan to change knit directions at least once.

In my last post regarding this stole, I showed off some line drawings to explain the areas I was "defining". I still haven't decided whether to bring the leaf-and-complex-cable border all the way down both edges, or to make the end panels full-width. And, if I do go "full-width", do I keep the leaf-edging still? Even more worrisome: what do I put in the end panels?

Well, how about another "line drawing" sample of what I intend to put in the main panel, down the length of the stole?

The row of rings will flip over and repeat in the other direction, past the Borromean Rings. (click on the image to see it larger.)

Thanks to my Barnes & Noble book spree on Friday night (oh! I didn't blog about that yet!!!!), I now have A Gathering of Lace, in which Ingrid's Bridal Knot Shawl was very inspirational in my continued design process.