Artwork Spotlight

Artwork Spotlight: Unravelling the Crownlet

In the Artwork Spotlight series of blog posts, the Layered Onion highlights a specific work by an artist in the community. These works could range from short stories to visual art to music and more!

Today, Eva is sharing her the process behind creating her knitting pattern “Crownlet.”

I’ve been knitting for over a decade now. I like to define my knitting career in terms of milestones (first scarf, first time knitting in the round, first project with cabling, etc.). One such milestone was designing my own pattern. I was new to pattern design, so I first started this project with a lot of research. And I mean a lot. I think I still have a huge folder of bookmarks in my browser that originate from this project.

Eventually, I decided to center my design around the S2KPO decrease. For those familiar with knitting, this involves slipping two stitches together knitwise, knitting one, and then passing the two slipped stitches over the knit stitch. This results in a centered double decrease. I decided to use this decrease to create a cute little crown pattern.

Due to a math snafu, this first iteration of the pattern did not turn out as I hoped. But that’s OK. I needed to keep reminding myself that commercial patterns are test knit by dozens of folks before being published. In the meantime, I’ll unravel and start again.

Here, this image shows the crownlet (iteration 1 in orange) as modeled by a stuffed animal. I took the opportunity to try designing the front page of the digital pattern. I added some fun text to encourage folks to try it out.