Like many knitters, most of the projects I knit are improvised. I love designing my own garments and accessories and its so rewarding to see something in a store and create a copy yourself. My habit of improvising my projects started out as a knitting crutch. When I first started knitting I had no idea how to read a pattern. There were so many abbreviations and terms I did not know. As I became more familiar with knitting I started to decipher some patterns.
I’ve now knit many projects from other people’s patterns and I have to say being able to do a quick internet search and find a pattern that’s already written is a huge time saver. Sure, I still need to knit a swatch but someone else has done all the math for me. Still, sometimes I want to make alterations to someone else’s pattern to customize the fit.
Being able to construct a garment exactly have I want it is part of what I love about knitting but remembering what I did, what I changed, or even my gauge/needle size can be a challenge. This is where Ravelry project pages come in.
It occurred to me the other day while I was writing notes in Ravelry for a project I had test knit that I am not using my project pages to the fullest. Sure, it’s nice to have a picture log of everything I’ve knit but if I’m not including things like gauge, needle size, the yarn I used or the alterations I’ve made the project is not repeatable. Maybe repeating a project is not important to you but if you’re designing a pattern then knowing how you constructed the original garment is pretty important.
Also, other people’s project pages are a great resource for picking out patterns, figuring out tricky or unclear bits of the patterns, or making alterations. Just yesterday I was trying to decipher some pattern directions and I was able to find several other people who had the same question. One especially helpful knitter detailed her solution in her project notes. While I’m sure I would have figured it out it was nice to have someone’s notes to reference.
So in the past couple days I’ve stepped up my notes on my Ravelry project pages so that my notebook is more than a collection of pretty pictures. I can go back and look at my notes and see what worked and what did not. It’s something I really want to keep up with but Ravelry has always been something I’ve had a hard time committing to. I hope you found this post helpful and will look at your Ravelry project pages as a potential resource.