Whidbey Design Contest Inspiration!

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Hello Makers!

Have you heard about our Whidbey Pullover Design Contest in collaboration with Bellish? 

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We are so excited for this contest that we wanted to share an example of one we made in-house to help get those creative juices flowing! Below are the details on how we generated the pattern initially, and then customized it.

Initial Bellish Pattern Details

To start, we created a pattern in Bellish with the following criteria:

Pattern Section
Body: Cropped
Neck: Crew
Sleeves: Full Length

Embellish
Body: Wild Oats stitch
Sleeve: Plain

Yarn
‘Worsted Weight’ for Whidbey 
47% Bamboo, 37% Superwash Merino, 16% Nylon

Size
32 in/81 cm – Knowing 2-4 inches of positive ease will be built-in

Color
Navy was the closest color to #05 – Puget (optional)

Here’s how the pattern looks in the mock-up at this point:

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Next, it’s time to click Generate Pattern Instructions and begin your journey into customization!

Pattern Customization Details

After preparing the pattern through the app, these are the changes we made to make it our own:

Wild Oats Stitch Pattern

The pattern outlined using the stitch pattern for most of the body section. However, we decided to pair down how much was used on the body to just two repeats before starting the ribbing.

For added visual interest, the stitch pattern was also used on the sleeves. Placement for  the stitch pattern was carefully considered. Ultimately, we decided to line it up so that, when your arms are down, the pattern lines up on the body and sleeves in the same place!

The trick to doing this on the sleeve was waiting until the stitch count was a multiple of 4 which was the stitch pattern repeat. We then followed the same directions for knitting the stitch pattern on the body to apply to the sleeves.

Contrasting Color

Another fun way to spice things up is by adding a contrasting color. We wanted just a hint of contrast in this design, so we opted to bind off everything with the CC. This used a very small amount of yarn, so we have plenty leftover to make a matching hat with inverse colors (i.e. white hat with blue trim!)

NOTE: We are aware that mixing a dark blue and white yarn in the same project may lead to the dark blue tinting the white over time and washing. We’ve swatched and tested this and are totally OK with the results! Always be sure to test your yarn for colorfastness on a swatch before blocking or laundering a project for the first time. 

Custom Length

We decided to alter the length of the body as well. While the pattern recommended a ‘cropped’ length, we found it to still be pretty long, so we nixed a couple inches off.

Reveal Time!

Now that we’ve shared our design process, it’s time to reveal the finished object!

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Ta-da! Thanks to the Bellish app providing the ‘grunt work’ of creating the pattern template, it was easy to customize from there!

We hope our pullover has inspired you to cast on and try one for yourself!

Remember, there are four prize opportunities for the Whidbey Pullover Design Contest, and in the end, you’ll also have a custom pullover! What’s not to love?

Ready to download the app and give it a try?

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CLICK HERE to download the Bellish app for iOS

Use the hashtag #MakersBellish to show us your progress on social media!

Q&A with Bellish!

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Hello Makers!

If you haven’t already heard, there’s a new app for iOS that generates sweater patterns for free called Bellish!

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This revolutionary app allows the user to feel like a designer by offering multiple points for customization! Choose from different necklines, sleeve lengths, body lengths, and textures – all available in a variety of gauges with new options added regularly!

Ready to learn more? Check out our Q&A with Bellish Knitting below!

Makers’ Q&A: Bellish!


Q)
 How did the idea for Bellish come to be? 

A) Bellish began with the idea of creating digital tools for knitters. These days we use our smartphones and tablets for so many of our daily tasks, and it was a natural next step for us to ask if there might be a way to make those devices more useful for knitting. As knitters, ourselves, we wanted to create a dynamic, personalized knitting experience that went beyond what was possible with a PDF. 

 

Q) We love knitting sweaters, which is why Bellish is so appealing! Are there plans to eventually expand the offerings beyond the realm of sweaters?

A) For the time being, the focus is on enhancing the sweater knitting experience to the fullest. We’re building a robust library of options, with new sweater styles, yarn weights and embellishments underway (we add new features almost every week).  It’s certainly a possibility that we’ll add other kinds of knitting projects down the road as Bellish grows and evolves with the feedback of our users. 

 

Q) What is your favorite feature that’s included with the Bellish app?

A) There’s a real sense of immediate gratification when you’re able to customize your design in real time and see the textures and colors transform right before your eyes. Of course, we love the digital tools in the app: the row highlighter, stitch/row counters and clickable stitch checkpoints, but we think the absolute best thing about Bellish is that it makes it easy for any knitter to bring their sweater ideas to life. We’ve loved watching knitters use Bellish as a starting point and then add their own creativity to the mix.


Q)
We love how the Bellish app can allow knitters to fall in love with a yarn, then make a pattern around it. Based on your testers, what’s been the most exciting pairing of yarn and pattern you’ve seen so far? 

A) Knitters loved having the ability to create their sweaters based on the yarn they already wanted to use (rather than trying to find the perfect pattern, and then looking for the right yarn to go with it). One of our testers said that she had yarn in her stash from a friend of a friend’s mom, and it had been sitting dormant since the 1980s. The Bellish app made it possible to finally turn that yarn into the exact sweater she wanted it to be – she said that her friends were very impressed that she finally found a use for it.

One of the other things our testers have really liked about Bellish is being able to open the app while they’re at the yarn shop. They can stand right there in front of the yarn they fell in love with, and – with a few clicks – design a sweater to go with it, and know exactly how much they’re going to need.

 

Q) With any idea that blooms into reality, there’s always something to discover along the way. What’s been the most surprising feedback you’ve received from the beta testers and users so far?

A) Two things really stood out for us. First, we wondered how knitters would feel about seeing an illustration of their pattern rather than a finished photo. But when you think of each knitter as an individual designer of their own project, it makes sense that they would start with an illustration and then bring the sweater to life on their needles – our beta testers loved that process. Second, we were very curious about the skill level of the knitters who would find Bellish most useful. Would it resonate more with beginners? Experienced knitters? We had thousands of beta testers and the feedback was so interesting: it was almost exactly a 50/50 split between those who felt Bellish was perfect for beginners, and those who felt it was designed especially for experienced knitters. We were thrilled to see that Bellish is providing an inspiring and worthwhile experience for knitters, regardless of their skill level. It’s a fun, creative resource for any knitter!

 

Ready to download the app and give it a try?

CLICK HERE to download Bellish

Use the hashtag #MakersBellish to show us your progress on social media!