I have always been the type of person who has to have a pretty solid understanding of how to do something before I am willing to try it. Maybe it is a fear of failure or embarrassment that holds me back, but I don't typically dive in head first. The thing about pattern designing is that there isn't necessarily a step-by-step guide book or recipe for success. That's likely why it took me so long to start.
I understand patterns. I know how to knit. I have ideas about garments I would like to create. All of these things are essential to designing. Don't get me wrong, it's more complicated than that but these are some basics that can get you going. My biggest issue was figuring out on my own how to fit these pieces together.
Sometimes, designing for me looks like this...
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