Motif Challenge

I love realistic motifs.  When I was a kid, I liked the fairy tale books with illustrations that looked like painted photographs – I really didn’t get stylized simplification until much later.  Even if it does remind people of 1980’s knitting.

So, taste aside, how do you develop motifs?

Choosing a source

Challenge 1, Twist stitches

Challenge 2, Tweaking

Challenge 3, More Tweaking

Challenge 4, Even More Tweaking

Challenge 5, Final-ish Version

There might be more: I originally wanted to add a cabled version (much simplified, so hard!) an intarsia version (I need to buy more yarn first) and a stranded colorwork version – that will take serious float control, we’ll see how it goes.

This series got some attention on Twitter when I posted the hey, I’ve blogged notification, but it doesn’t get many views here, so I’m not sure how much interest there is in this idea – what do you think, should I keep going on this?  My daughter wants a hoodie with an owl on the chest so it might become a pattern.

You can comment here for a few weeks, or email me at Christine at christineguestdesigns dot com  I could sure use your advise!