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?
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.