This month I was more excited than usual when my copy of Knit Now magazine dropped through my letterbox.
Allow me to introduce the first pattern that I have had printed in a magazine - the Compton Bay Hat and Mitts.
Another benefit of making this submission is that it really taught me how the process of getting an idea into print works and all the stages that have to be gone through. Waiting for yarn for the sample, knitting to a tight deadline, writing to a strict format, last minute queries about details in the pattern were all new to me.
As a relatively new designer my ideas often go through a number of trial runs before I am happy with them. I thought you might like to see a couple of the versions of the mitts that I made while I was developing the pattern. The set above are made in the Uncommon Thread Bluefaced Leicester DK in the Into Dust shade. The pair below are made in Quince & Co's Tern in the Kelp shade.
Clearly I am going to have to work a little bit more efficiently in the future as when I get an idea I'm really excited about I am sorely tempted to knit it up in all kinds of colours and yarns. I'm fighting the temptation to cast on another hat as we speak but the next Knit Now submission deadline is almost upon us and I need to focus!