Perhaps the greatest thing about knitting is that you are only limited by your own imagination and skills. The good news is that your skills can be constantly improved which means your limitations are continuously getting smaller. As a knitter, I love to knit (good thing or I would need to find a different hobby). Unfortunately while I have a great deal of creative spark, I’m not very good at visualizing a finished project and making the mental leap from point A to point B. In other words, I couldn’t make a baby sailor suit knitting pattern if my very soul depended on it.
Fortunately for me, there are countless software programs that can assist me in this pursuit. The Sweater Wizard version 3 can be found for around $90 at http://www.software4knitting.com/. This software allows you to design your very own sweater pattern according to your personal size and gauge specifications, complete with text instructions. This software is especially interesting for those who need to make patterns fit different sized people within a family.
More software that would work well for those of us who don’t really wish to make our own knitting patterns can be found at: http://www.cochenille.com/gs.html. This software, called Garment Styler allows you to create your own knitting patterns in addition to patterns for sewing garments as well. It is a nice feature to have if you are going to spend a lot of time designing patterns for knitting and sewing. The price tag is $85 for the regular version and an upgrade is available for $90 if you have the regular version.
Even if a baby sailor suit knitting pattern isn’t on the immediate horizon for projects you would like to do, you have to admit that the idea you could even do that with knitting is amazing. For those of you who are interested in learning how to make your own knitting patterns, I suggest getting involved in a local knitting circle. These circles can be very educational as far as pattern sources, pattern sharing, and helping members learn new knitting techniques as well as how to write their own patterns.