Today's the day! The Saturniid Cowl, my very first pattern release, is live on Ravelry.
I picked up knitting in 2016 as something to keep my hands busy while watching online university lectures, in awe of those with the seemingly mystical ability to put patterns together for the rest of us to enjoy. I never planned or imagined giving designing a try myself. When the pandemic hit in 2020, I was extremely fortunate to find myself with a lot more time on my hands, with my commute and other pressures of the outside world suddenly removed. I remember stumbling across Stitch Fiddle, playing around with pixels representing colorwork, and then having that hey, wait... moment.
Even then, I thought I'd only ever design things here and there for my own use. The Saturniid Cowl started out as a Strange Brew pullover with some tweaks to the sleeves. I posted my finished product on r/knitting and received an enormous-to-me response: tons of upvotes and a huge number of encouraging comments, with some asking me to please turn my design into a pattern to publish. No one even told me to die in a fire! On Reddit!
I have a tendency to get frustrated and quit things if I'm not perfect at them immediately. Thanks for that, gifted program. That in mind, I decided if I was going to try out publishing, I was going to take it slow and do it right: I enrolled in Aroha Knits' Swatch Studio program, read Kate Atherley's The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns, and decided to avoid overwhelming myself with grading a pullover for my first pattern. Thus, the Saturniid Cowl was born: a much simpler form of my original design that's still fun to wear and gets the same mothy moony energy across. Just as it was easier for me to design, I'm hoping it's more accessible to beginner knitters, those new to colorwork, and anyone in need of a smaller-scale project.
I do still have plans to release a pullover version of the same moth-and-moon motif, but I've got a couple of other ideas in the pipeline first: a short-sleeved snake pullover that's in test knitting now, some scaly gloves I'm just starting to knit, and another cowl with all-over colorwork I've sketched out. Too many ideas, not enough daylight!
Oh, and why moths? I just like 'em. Fluffy bumbly nightbois. Butterflies but make it goth. Ridiculous antennae that could probably pick up satellite signals. Amazing.