Beyond the Basics

Alright, how many of you designers are going “SERIOUSLY!?” after last weeks post?

Yeah, me too.

The basics of design really are THAT simple. Most of it will rely on your creativity and what you can dream up. But there are some more tips in this post that can get you started and as this blog goes on, we’ll get into other projects that are more complicated like copying a favorite picture or logo (DO NOT SELL WORK THAT HAS LOGOS OR COPYRIGHTED CHARACTERS ON IT).  For today, we start a little simpler, and pick up from where we left off.

You should have your grid set and ready to go, looking something like this: guage-lines

Today I’m working digitally, so I’ve re-created the grid digitally to look like this:

This grid may seem a little small, but you can always make yours bigger if needed. Like I mentioned above, we’ll go into the details of re-creating things in another entry, but if you are looking for some simple inspiration, I would suggest googling “Pixel Art” or looking it up on Pinterest (I put a board together to get you started).

Since the Holiday Season is upon us, I thought it might be fun to do a tree for my design. I really do encourage you to get out there and find something of your own, but I know that when you’re learning, creativity does not always come easy.

Now I did warn you earlier that my drawings aren’t going to be the best (if you didn’t get the warning, now you know), which is part of the reason I’ve gone digital today. A simple tree is easy enough to make, just make stacking layers of two rows and shave one off each side as you go up. Then add a stump. It comes out something like this:


Keep in mind as you look at these drawings, the brown boarder is not space we will be working. It is only there to help keep the whites from blending on the page.

Crocheters, there are a couple ways to go about a pattern like this. One would be to use colors and use single crochets for every stitch, switching colors as indicated by the grid. Another would be to do fillet crochet following the grid and leaving the green spaces as the mesh. Or you could do a bobble stitch or something similarly textured to differentiate a same color.

Knitters, there are also a couple ways to go about a pattern like this. You could knit the white and purl the green (RS), use a lace stitch to leave the green as the mesh portion and stockinette the white (or just knit the white), or you could use a textured stitch like seed stitch for the green and stockinette the white. You could also go into color work on this one, but knitting color isn’t quite as simple as crocheting color, so if you have never done color work, make sure you have a good tutorial first.

For those of you who are brave or already do color work, you could get fancy and do something like this instead:


For a colorful pattern like this one, just follow what the color chart says (again, ignoring the lighter brown outline and guidelines) and make sure not to tangle your strings. I highly recommend these bins or something similar to help keep yarns separate. You can run the strand through the holes and it works like a yarn bowl to keep organized without spending the 60+ dollars for an ACTUAL yarn bowl.

Hopefully now you’ve gotten a start and your first place to find inspiration for your dishcloth masterpiece. As we go on, the pictures get more complicated, and we’ll start actually writing out the instructions for the patterns that we’ve created. For now, focus on getting something on paper that you’re happy with.


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