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Join Me for a Pattern-In-Progress? December 12, 2013

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My Zinnia blanket is garnering so many likes and passionate requests to knit it  that I’ve started to think of releasing the pattern-in-progress whilst the blanket is still being created. I’ve never done this before, I don’t even know if it’s a good idea.
It will be months before Zinnia is finished, washed, blocked and photographed. But RIGHT NOW is of course the ideal time to start one (for Northern hemisphere knitters). It would get bigger, and cozier on your lap throughout the winter months!
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My Zinna is several weeks old now. Its speedy growth has been aided by several long waits in the hospital Emergency department and a couple of road trips. As the rounds get longer, the visible growth of the blanket will slow down. (I hope too, to be spending less time in Emergency, but I am keeping extra yarn, future colours and needles in a bag ready to grab at a moment’s notice.)

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I love having this project always on hand without any imminent decisions to make. Once the first few fiddly rounds are done, it’s a very intuitive knit.
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After having finished the Sunburst Blanket, I missed its constant companionship and its always-there-when-you-need-it-ness.
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I held out for a full 6 weeks, during which I knit a couple of fleeting items, but the hankering remained for another big project. In desperate need of some travel knitting, I cast on another Sunburst as I flew to Cornwall Yarns in New York. Naturally, I couldn’t resist making a few changes, based on some of my smaller circular experiments, to see how the design would grow.   Zinnia happened!
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With so much interest in the blanket, I started thinking of ways to make the pattern accessible to other knitters sooner.  Here is what I’ve come up with:
We could offer the pattern and tutorial videos to customers who are registered users on our website. Interested customers would contact us ( at info@lucyneatby.com), and we would organize payment.  We would then place the current PIP (pattern-in-progress) into your Notebook, to be updated as the PIP is further refined. Eventually, it will evolve into the ‘real’ finished pattern complete with photos. It wouldn’t be available as a ‘regular’ pattern on the website until its completion. It would be an ultimate knitalong! We could even start a Ravelry thread together –  I can hardly wait to see other people’s blankets growing.  Ultimate gardening!
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Pros:
You can start knitting right away!
We can form a knit-along group to share progress reports.
You’ll get to see the growth and progress of a pattern from the designer’s perspective and hear about the stages of its development.
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Cons:
The pattern won’t have many/any pretty pics just yet.
You may knit faster than me and have to wait a bit.
Let me know your thoughts! Would you like to join my  Zinnia PIP experiment?
PIP has now gone live visit the Club page for information.
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22 Responses to “Join Me for a Pattern-In-Progress?”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I’m in! Love it!

    • I’m delighted by your response – please email me via LucyNeatby.com expressing your interest and I’ll be in touch next week! I’d better get busy finishing off the chart!

  2. Linda Says:

    I consider this to be a perfectly good idea.

  3. Gail Poulos Says:

    I would like to join you in this knit along.

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  4. Ruby Says:

    I am in. I think it would be a great knit along project with your groupies.

  5. Gail Poulos Says:

    I would love to do this

  6. Arna Caplan Says:

    This is an intriguing idea and certainly a very special look into a designer’s process! I am in need of a project to take with me when waiting, listening, travelling, etc. I could do another pair of socks but this looks like fun!

  7. Janine Says:

    I think this is a fabulous idea, Lucy!

  8. Vickie Says:

    It’s beautiful and I would love to try a large project.

  9. Debra Lea Says:

    Hi, Lucy- I haven’t yet taken the Craftsy class – Only the DVD’s I got when you were here. Will I have enough info to make this? Should I take the Craftsy class first? Either way – I am in for the blanket – It is beautiful!!

  10. I’m delighted by the enthusiasm of your responses! Please e mail via my website and I’ll be in touch!

  11. Lee gant Says:

    I’m in, Lucy…what an honor to be in on the progress! Will e mail you. Thanks!

  12. Linda N Says:

    This really sounds like a lot of fun. Plus so far the Zinnia blanket looks fantastic!

  13. I love making blankets, afghans during the winter to keep me warm. I’m very interested, love the colors.

  14. Susan Says:

    I would love to knit this beauty, please! However I have a small (OK large) stash problem. Is this a good project to start DK with? are you using just 2 colourways?

    • Hello, I’ve used a series of colour ways – you can make it up as you go along really. It’s a bit fiddly at the beginning, but otherwise an excellent choice. My sister is doing very well with her Sunburst blanket and she’s new to DK too.

  15. Susan Says:

    and so, of course, I spent several delicious hours pondering my stash and much as I would love to acquire some more kauni, it occurred to me that this project might be perfect for handspun. I have enough to start and there is much more to come!

  16. We’ve decided to set up up the PIP as a Club. It’s now live and ready for you. Visit http://lucyneatby.com/index.php?department=Knitting+Clubs
    Please do send pics of your projects in progress and I’ll assemble a guest page. Don’t forget to include info about your yarn ans needle choices please!

  17. cynthia Says:

    how can we get on the list for the tanock camp where you are going to teach this blanket?


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