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Modifications

November 10, 2009

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I’ve been working on a modified version of one of my soon to be released patterns, because I thought it might be fun to show it in a slightly different style. This got me thinking about how much I love to see the ways that people modify my patterns, while I’m designing something I always end up thinking of so many different possible directions for the design and of course it’s only ever realistic for me to actually follow one or two of those. I also love how eager people are to share their pattern modifications and how easy Ravelry makes that. Sometimes people worry that I won’t like people changing my patterns, that I’ll feel precious about my vision, but that couldn’t be further from the truth – if I didn’t want people to make them their own I probably wouldn’t be publishing patterns! So here are a few of my favourite pattern mod projects, at least of the one’s I’ve actually seen – you’ve been busy, there are 500 pages to go through on Ravelry and I sadly haven’t yet had time to look through them all.
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I get a lot of inspiration from children’s clothing, and have a rather childish style at times myself, so it’s hardly surprising that some of my sweaters look wonderful downsized – like this adorable toddler Coraline.


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Two of the most popular modifications to Vivian are a collar and buttonbands.

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Sometimes something as simple as changing the arrangement of colours slightly can add a lot to a design, I love the little stripe of the contrast colour on the edging of this Little Birds, alongwith the subtly alternating bird shades.

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Here’s a cute Elijah with some contrast colour added with fabric, I love his tusks!

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http://www.ravelry.com/projects/geniphyre/coraline
I quite often see cardiganized versions of pullovers, but it doesn’t seem quite so common to go in the other direction. I love these two different
ways of turning Coraline into a pullover though.
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An extra special Damson with pretty lace panels incorporated into the existing edging pattern, Jill who made this even kindly shared the chart she made.


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Another adorable mini Ysolda pattern mod, the chart from Little Birds is easy to insert into a basic pattern like this little boy’s vest.

Those were just a few of the many, many creative things that knitters have made from my patterns, if you’ve changed things up a little (or a lot!) in your project I’d love to see. Or maybe your inspired by what someone else has done to try making a similarly modified version of a pattern – if so, the Ravelry project notes are your friend. I love how helpful people are with their notes and here’s a tip – you can find projects with particularly helpful notes by choosing “helpful notes” in the dropdown box on the projects page for a particular pattern.

Ravelry_ Project Gallery for Coraline by Ysolda Teague-2

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