Thinking powerfully about knitting and crochet from a design perspective is a sure step towards unleashing a more enjoyable experience. Follow along with my step-by-step process that is meant to infuse a fresh outlook into your own design work.
One - Dream. Let your imagination soar as you contemplate the options of your raw materials: your skill set, your yarn and notions, your library of patterns, etc. Have a pen and paper at hand to jot down ideas and sketches as you consider your unique possibilities. Let your dreaming settle down to a theme. Consider a current trend, a specific color or technique, a design shape or architectural impression to name a few. There are no right or wrong ideas - this part of the process looks inward, and the resulting theme is yours alone.
Two - Uncover. There is a wealth of inspiration at your fingertips to explore. This step takes you outside of yourself to learn. As you explore your personal theme will develop complexity. Surf the net, (try pinterest and style.com), examine your library, take photos outdoors, visit a museum or review colorful magazines. Center your attention on finding visual links that relate to your theme and gathering them in one place. Create a mood board or file folder containing pictures, fabrics, yarn or other tokens for your theme.
Three - Unlock. One secret to pushing the limits of your design repertoire is contemplation. Spend some relaxing moments in an environment that allows you to be calm and settle there until you are able to engage in deep thought. Review your dream theme, absorb the imagery you uncovered and sit back and let your mind work. Reflecting is a secret to unlocking the road map for your design outcome. This is the step that taps into your subconscious. Sometimes it helps to "sleep on it" for day or two and repeat this step. Take notes to chart your design course in a concrete, concise manner.
Four - Detail & Accomplish. Consider those broad strokes you charted to achieve your end game. Break them down further into the steps you’ll need to follow for your design, from charting to gauge swatches. Set goals for each step and don’t overlook challenges that may arise. Consider a plan for meeting them.
Imagination and organization go hand-in-hand when stretching yourself to try new design techniques. Do not be afraid to challenge yourself. Break it down into manageable steps and you will be amazed at what you can achieve!