I have some pattern design questions. Recently I got a large stash of one kind of yarn, about 4000 yards. I would like to make an afghan with it and really would like it to have a celtic/cabled theme. I’ve found several patterns that I kind of like, but nothing exactly like what I am envisioning.
My goal with this is twofold. First, my 95 (almost 96) y/o gran has been asking for a blanket. I would love to do this as a gift for her. Second, I really want to learn a variety of cable stitches. An afghan would give me lots of practice.
Someone has suggested that I design my own pattern, but this would be completely new territory for me. So here are my questions:
— How would I even go about starting something like that?
— Would it be better to buy a couple of patters and combine them?
— Someone has suggested a stitch dictionary. Is this necessary? If so, what would you recommend?
— I haven’t been knitting long, and I’ve mostly done lace. Is this going to be a bad idea for someone at my level?
Any other thoughts/advice would be very welcome. If it would be helpful, I could post up a couple of the patterns I’ve looked at as well.
Risa : )