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Dusty pink lace sweater with a measuring tape laid across it
Lace baby sweater

I have a new appreciation for knitting patterns. I really had no idea how much work goes into them. I have been working daily on my first pattern for over a month and am still in testing, but I'm also just about ready to submit it to a magazine for publication. I can't self publish until I find out if it's accepted - but the exposure would be so amazing. 


I think the biggest surprise - and biggest don't - don't choose a yarn without really doing your research. Like a lot of research. 


The first yarn I chose for my Sand Dollar Sweater had a couple of unpleasant surprises in store for me. The first, which my tech editor found, was that the yarn is actually discontinued. I didn't really see why that should be a big deal, but it does matter. Knitters like to use the recommended yarn. If they can't, they might not be comfortable picking out a substitute, and if they do, they might pick something that won't easily give them proper gauge, which means they won't be able to knit the pattern to the size they intended. I am as guilty as the next person of not swatching before starting a project, so recommending a yarn that is readily available is the best way I can help my knitters be successful in knitting my pattern. Ok, lesson learned. 


Tonight I learned another