Note From the Editor
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
-- Author Unknown
Sometimes we just need to do something to fully understand it. I would say this concept is especially meaningful in regards to the technical aspects of a knitting pattern.
The designer is the architect of a beautiful garment, and she has been given the ability to envision the design from start to finish. How would we know where to start if we did not have these clear directions?
Patterns are part of a bigger story. The words tell us how to stitch this, work this or that, but why?
What is the story behind a decrease? When we read a lace pattern and feel confused about the next step, how do we make sense of what we're about to make?
To fully understand a concept, we must own it. Confusion can be a bigger message, telling us to boldly pick up our needles even if we feel trepidation.
We can learn only by doing. Taking chances and trusting intuition help us to cross bridges to a new level of understanding. If we don't cross them on our own, then gaining an understanding of what's on the other side may not be possible.
The words of encouragement from others help and guide, but true wisdom can come only from our own experience.
Let your needles and intuition lead the way!
Kara Gott Warner
Executive Editor, Creative Knitting magazine
Kara is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. Her specialty, technical illustrations for knitting, crochet and other craft books for major publishers. In 2002, Kara began designing patterns for her independent collection of knitting patterns, sold under the igottknits label.
Kara joined the Annieís team in 2008 as knitting book editor and produced a variety of hardcover knitting books. In June 2010, Kara joined the company full time as executive editor of Creative Knitting magazine and knit publications.
Kara's knitwear designs have been published in Creative Knitting, Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Family Circle Easy Knitting. She is also the author of The Divine Drop Stitch and instructor of the Mix & Match Sampler Annie's video class.
You can follow Kara on her blogging adventures on the Creative Knitting editor's blog, SplendidSticks.