Guest Post: Kathy Owens

Today we have a guest post from Kathy Owens, the designer of Kenya from Louet North America Fall 2014.

Kenya is my first published sweater design and you can just imagine how ecstatic I was after being notified by Louet that my design had been chosen for the Fall 2014 catalog. Here are a few pictures from my design submission for the pullover, Kenya, as it is now known.

Louet Kenya sweater sketch

Louet Kenya gauge swatchLouet Kenya swatch

Finding the inspiration, whether it be the yarn, a stitch pattern or something seen that sparks an idea is the most exciting part of the design process. However, beyond the fun of creating the design is the work of conveying that design in a written format that is understandable to the wider world of knitters, and in more than one size.

As a new designer I had to learn how to write a pattern in order to convey my ideas. Early on while thinking about designing, I had not given much thought to the writing of a pattern. My concentration was on designing and enjoying the creative process. I had the incorrect idea that the technical editors do the pattern writing. It did not take long for me to discover that pattern writing was absolutely essential to the process. If I wanted to submit designs for publishing, it was vital that I do it well. The editor does not review your design but edits the written interpretation of your design. As is the case with Kenya, I had to write a pattern that accurately reflected the finished product in six sizes. Then, from start to finish, the knitted language and all my numbers were checked to match standards, gauge and finished measurements.

Kenya Louet

The editing process is very tedious, but absolutely worth it to Louet, the designer, and ultimately for you so you have a more pleasurable knitting experience.  Louet’s technical editor was exacting but patient with me. Therefore I am truly thankful that Louet takes such great care in their editing process. As a result of their attention to detail I am very proud to have been able to work with them to share this design with you. I hope that in the near future I will be able to design again for Louet. Enjoy my pattern or any one of Louet’s Fall designs. Happy knitting!

There’s still time to enter to win a Matterhorn kit! Read the previous post to learn more.

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the stops on the blog tour!

Aug 13: Kathy Owens, guest post on the Louet Blog
Aug 15: Laura Patterson, Fiber Dreams
Aug 18: Mari Chiba, Mari Knits 
Aug 20: Rohn Strong, Rohn Strong Designs
Aug 25: Ruth Gargia-Alcantud, Rock+Purl 
Aug 27: Varian Brandon, Brandon Knitting Designs
September 1: Handmade by Stefanie
Sept 3: Susanna IC, guest post on the Louet Blog