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|Style||Retro / Vintage, Casual, Cute, Hipster, Classic, Traditional, Funky|
What was your source for this knitting project?
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Name of website or photo Sock Monkey Hat & Sweater Patterns
What are you most proud of? I'm proud that my hat pattern has become so popular on Ravelry and a couple other knitting forums. I'm proud of the sweater because it's the first sweater pattern I've published (and therefore had to do a lot of learning before I was ready to write it.) I'm also proud that it offers 3 different variations on the pattern - a plain raglan in "sock monkey colors", a design that uses duplicate stitch (shown on the baby) and a design that uses an intarsia square (shown on the little boy.)
What advice would you give someone starting this project? Even if a project looks difficult, just take it one line at a time. Don't worry about how hard the pattern looks, just get through line 1, then you can figure out line 2. My "Knitting Guru" gave me this advice when I first mentioned that I'd like to try a pattern but thought I probably didn't know enough yet to be successful. She was right. I only learned to knit in 2007, and I started publishing my own designs in 2010. (For the record, people often comment on how easy my patterns are to understand and I think that's because I still remember feeling frustrated when things weren't explained well. Also, I'm a teacher by profession, so if anything, I probably over-explain things! If you don't understand something in my pattern, I will always help you through it if you e-mail me.)