You may recall that I posted last motnh about a Leg Warmer pattern that I worked up when I knit our Band Directors' daughter some leg warmers to help her stay warm after leg-lengthening surgery?
Yeah. So, it all started with a simple pattern -- 1 child leg warmer using Aran Weight Yarn.
It grew into one basic pattern, in four sizes. For three different yarn weights. Which means it's now one it's way to being a booklet (three different patterns, purchasable individually for $1.00, or as part of a booklet for more.) But I still couldn't leave well enough alone.
First I added some variations -- simple textured knit/purl patterns that one could use to liven things up a bit. Then, I decided to use up some nice leftovers from other projects, and added color-work to the mix.
This means that I'll have a color-work variation to add to the booklet. It takes a bit more fussing on sizing, and thus may not have all four sizes in all three yarn weights, but it's still going in. And, because you know me and leaving things alone .... I'm likely to add some variations there too.
So, I've now worked up an open ankled variation to suit the whims of my daughter Kitty (it did start with her band director...). I'm calling this one Central Style unless I hear a better idea.
And that reminded me that last year, I knit up some cabled leg warmers for Book Worm. And she's also in that band.
So now, my little one pattern fund rasier has four essential designs-- each in multiple sizes, going into a booklet. Each design will also be in multiple patterns -- since too many variables makes a pattern impossible to read, I'm not trying to work in both multiple weights of yarn and multiple sizes into a single pattern.
I feel like I need an army of testers!! I've been doing well on the original set. Of the twelve different leg warmers I need actually knit to fully test it, I've got testers for 6. Of course, I can knit them all... but I really like having people who didn't WRITE the darned thing check it out to make sure it works. I'm likely to just fix a glithch without noticing.
Now I'll need to find another dozen for the color-work, and another dozen for the open-ankle, and another dozen for the cabled design. Egads! Who could imagine I'd want three dozen testers for LEG WARMERS???