Little Cabin//Design Process

After months of work, my Little Cabin sweater pattern is finally available on Ravelry, hooray! This sweater is a design that I started dreaming about last spring and I have been working on perfecting since then. I wanted to share a peek into my creative process and how this sweater came into being. For me, the design process is a circular path. I usually start with a spark of an idea, and then begin to source the yarn that feels right for the project. Once I find the yarn and begin swatching, new ideas are born and the original idea begins to evolve and take shape. 

Everything I need for a perfect fall day. Just add coffee.

Everything I need for a perfect fall day. Just add coffee.

The initial inspiration for the Little Cabin sweater came from an image of a tiny log cabin, deep in the woods that I came across on Pinterest while dreaming of the one I would like to build someday. I wanted to create a sweater that conveyed the feeling of that cabin- cozy, rustic, warm, simple and naturally beautiful.

The next step after the initial idea was to find the perfect yarn. I wanted something soft and rustic, with a nice halo. I had heard of O-wool Local, but hadn't had an opportunity to use it yet, and I was eager to try it. I am drawn to the small business and sustainable principles that owner Jocelyn Tunney embraces (read her story here), so I ordered a color card from her and was bowled over by the gorgeous rich colors. When they arrived I knew this was the exact yarn needed to bring my design to life. I chose the Red Squirrel color for my sample, the perfect warm, reddish brown that was exactly the color that I had dreamed of for this project. 

Swatching is one of the most fun parts of designing. 

Swatching is one of the most fun parts of designing. 

Just a bit of swatching made the design pieces click into place, and I knew exactly what this sweater wanted to be. Sometimes the design will evolve during the knitting process, but that wasn't the case with this design. The final product is pretty much exactly like the original sketch.

Original sketch in my Fashionary Sketchbook.

Original sketch in my Fashionary Sketchbook.

I am really pleased with how this sweater came out. It perfectly embodies the vision I had for it, and I plan on wearing mine allllll fall and winter long.

The pattern is available for purchase as a pdf download in my Ravelry store, and is available in sizes XS-4XL! You can buy it here.

I want to say a huge thank you to those who helped me to bring this design to life- the amazing test knitters who ensured that it would fit perfectly in a range of sizes, my incredible tech editor Amy (bobble math genius, you are!!), and O-Wool, for embracing sustainable business practices while creating gorgeous yarn. I couldn't do my work without the help of these talented people, THANK YOU!!!