Process - How am I going to do this?
This is the first customized bag I ever did belonging to the Pixel Project. But first of all, what is the Pixel Project?
It's my first authentic pixel based goods that I'll be making. It's also the first theme I've officially created for myself. And though I base this on Molla Mills' crochet works, this is the technique that my grandma first taught me. I remember being the best way to learn the basic type of stitches: single, double, half-double and triple crochet. Just like the huge blankets and throws that my great grandmas did, all in white.
This bag was a special order for a special person.
Even so, I wanted to make something quick and simple (because I had a short deadline) and I wanted to create a pattern from which I wouldn't need to depend on a book or tutorial. And that's when I thought about Molla Mills Sketchbook - I promise to dedicate an entire post about the sketchbook and how helpful it is.
I had eyes on it for a while, giving it the hope that it would be a good help to understand the logic of counting stitches. Believe me, you don't get the first one right! And that's perfectly fine because that's how we learn.
And, as I was before, I finally started giving the importance I was ditching to square samples, because this little square does wonders. It's with this square of pattern that we will have the notion of size, how the pattern is going to look like and, of course, where you'll get all the calculations for the final results and how you want it to look like.
Oh! And how many chains you need to start with too.
Like a good Virgin (zodiac sign) I am, I have the habit of perfectionism and as such, I am able to count stitches two and three times until I get it right before I move on. In the same way, if I detect a flaw on a stitch, I'm cool enough to undo the work down to that point, just so that everything is perfect in the end. (That's how my grandma used to do and passed it on to me. To have a lot of patience and to do things well!)
Square Samples - an essential resource
Using the sketchbook correctly, I drew a zigzag on the grid and took all the notes I needed. I made the first row and everything seemed fine, so I continued until I got this result.
A sample is also our best guide for the entire project, starting witht he writing of the pattern. It’s helps you calculate the measurements you need, the lenght of yarn and so on. With ths little piece of crochet we have:
. amount of stitches for the main chain
. amount of rows for each zig-zag
. amount of empty and full pixels we’re having between each row of zig-zags
. stipulate a final size for the piece
I’ve been ignoring sample squares all this time, how stupid I was! They really help me a lot even for testing patterns you’re creating on your own.
In the meantime, here’s the final result.
One more for the portfolio. I hope you like it!