I think all of you will agree with me, that knitting your own clothes is slow, but only a few will actually know how long it really takes from an idea to become a published pattern. When I wrote my first patterns all I did was knit the sample and then write the pattern, take some photos and voilà, a new pattern was added to Ravelry. Then I started to ask people to test knit for me, and the process of releasing a pattern started to take longer as I had to wait for my test knitters to finish their work.
The Kiuru pullover was actually only my second submission for a publication and I count myself lucky to have been selected to contribute to the third issue of Laine magazine. Submitting your work is nerve cracking and quite raw, it’s like you bare your soul and either get picked or snubbed, and I’m quite sure I’m not the only one who takes the rejection quite personally. (And yes, I have faced rejections even after that, and even though it does get easier, it still hurts. But I guess that’s just a sign about how passionate I am about this.)
The Kiuru pullover was my first ever magazine published pattern. (My Herati mittens were actually the first ones to come out in a magazine, but Kiuru’s journey started before them.) I sent the submission in February last year, and after it got selected for issue 3, started to write the pattern. It was my first time ever writing a pattern for a publication, and all the while I was sure I had forgotten something important, such as sleeves or a neck band.
Then the pattern went to tech editing, and later in the summer to test knitting. In the end of the July my pullover traveled to Scotland to be photographed and finally the Laine Magazine issue 3 came out in the end of September. It has all been a bit nerve cracking and very exciting. I actually didn’t tell anyone except from my husband about my pattern having been selected, because I was sure something would happen and that at the last minute someone would decide that it wouldn’t fit in the issue. But it’s there and it has all been very real and more than I had ever imagined when I first decided to publish a pattern.
I knitted the original sample for the Kiuru pullover in Januray one year ago, sent it on it’s way last March and now, one year later it’s finally back with me and I’m able to wear it for the first time. Thinking about the journey this little pullover has already had feels pretty unbelievable to me.
Now I have finally been able to add the pattern to Ravelry as a individual download so that you can purchase it without buying the whole magazine.