I have been noticing that certain someones on staff have a habit of repeating patterns. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. (No, really.) It just piqued my interest because I personally am not one to repeat patterns often. So, what inspires a repeat – or even a three-peat or more (coughTrudycough)? Here’s our conversation about it – and some inspiration for all our Ravelry queues, too.
I asked everyone, “What are your favorite go-to patterns? That is, what patterns do you find yourself making over and over again? If you don’t ever repeat a pattern, why not?”
“Oddly enough, my repeat patterns all seem to be crochet. It’s strange because I’m almost always knitting. I think for knitting, I really enjoy trying something new every time. That’s probably part of why I tend to knit for myself more frequently than for other people because I don’t always like to do the same pattern twice and definitely not immediately after the other.
“As for those crochet go-to’s I mentioned, I make a lot of Slouchy Beanies by Rachael Oglesby. It’s from the ‘Crochet Boutique’ book we have at the shop and it’s just perfect. I love the slouchiness, it doesn’t feel too heavy, and it’s mindless.”
“When in doubt, I look for hat patterns. Sweaters and other large items are inspiring, but I like the attainable goal of a good hat pattern. I’m with Trudy – I tend to make duplicates of a pattern for someone. There is no pattern so wonderful that I need four of them hanging out, especially when there are so many great patterns waiting to be knit. That said, I’ve made five We Call Them Pirates hats, a couple of Fjord hats, and now two Bandana Cowls.”
“I have a basic toe up sock pattern sorta in my head at this point. I use it for every pair of socks that I knit for myself.
“And here’s an odd one. Back before Ravelry, I knit Teva Durham’s Lace Leaf Pullover in a green angora-ish yarn. It was just too fuzzy for the leaf pattern to show up so I tossed it. I think it went to goodwill, honestly. Then a few years ago I knit the pattern again in NFC Chunky (this yarn doesn’t even exist anymore) but the color was too variegated and I’m still not happy with it. I LOVE this pattern so much that I am currently plotting a third one … out of Fiberstory ONE Bulky. The cost will be huge, but when the new shipment arrives, I think I just might have to do it because I love this sweater so much and just want one that I am happy with. It’s amazing that I am this obsessed with this pattern eight or more years later. It’s in the ‘Loop-d-Loop’ book, which was published in 2005! She was and still is one of my favorite designers.”