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Have you ever designed a pattern using the Elizabeth Zimmermann Percentage System? Your method will help you to design a sweater from the ground up that suits you perfectly. If you have never tried to design something, there is no better time than it is now. Why? Because the 9th of August 2010 is 100 years ago. I design an Aran sweater to celebrate this knitter's birthday. Warning: Designing is a chaotic process.
First step: Measure a favorite pullover with a similar weight to the one you design.
This shows you how much freedom of movement you like in your sweater, no matter if much or little. Without the right amount of room to move, you'll never be happy in your sweater, no matter how well you knit each stitch.
Second step: Find the yarn that you love.
Buy a cone of it for an economical opportunity to buy large quantities of yarn. I made wool yarn on eBay a couple of years ago and did not know what to do with it because it was a top weight. At that time I did not know the peak weight of a shoe lace. I just found it in my stock and realized a hundred ways how to use it.
Third step: Make a color field.
At first I thought I was going to make a top-of-the-range Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi Are Square scarf. It's a design that makes it "memorable" and that is open at the front so the scarf stays effortless on your shoulders. Cool! But until I could find the book with this pattern, I switched.
I liked the top weight when knitted on size four needles, it better doubled and loved it tripled. After washing the pattern, the three-stranded plain stocking and the garter stitched stitched 5 stitches per inch, had excellent stitch definition and softness. That was the idea of knitting an Aran pullover.
Fourth step: Select the desired stitch patterns.
In honor of Elizabeth's 100th birthday party, I searched for Aran stitch patterns using numbers in her birthday. August 9, 1910, returns the numbers 8, 9, and 10. After I selected the stitch patterns with those numbers, I knitted a pattern, noted how much the cable patterns had pulled into the fabric, and knew I needed more patterns to wrap my chest.
I wanted a big diamond pattern, but that did not match their numbers. Then I realized that I could use the 19 of 1910 for a nice big one. I do not care that I can not find a diamond pattern with 19 stitches. I'll invent, whoops, "unvent".
Step Five: Knit an experimental hat.
Coincidentally, a hat uses half the stitches as a sweater. How can you better see how your stitch patterns look knitted? Knitting in the round can change your strength. As you figure out what size your cable patterns ultimately measure, or whether you should add or omit some stitches, or if you prefer a different arrangement, you will produce a hat that you or a lucky loved one can wear.
I knit another pattern instead of the hat as I worked out my pattern layout and what my big diamond might look like.
Step Six: Knit the sweater!
I'm not there yet, but close by. Let me recreate my patterns with my big diamond in the middle and find out which patterns fit best on my sleeves. Then I knit my cap as proof that it works. Hey, I lost my favorite hat this winter, so I need a new one.
Then I can knit my sweater with the percentage system of EZ based on the number of stitches that fit around the chest, as well as the number of stitches with which the hem, the armholes, the neck, the cuffs and the sleeves fit. I know that my finished sweater suits me perfectly. Congratulations, Elizabeth Zimmermann, and thank you for helping me design a knit pattern in your honor.