Make It Your Own
Using Ravelry projects for HeartStrings patterns as an inspirational resource.
An underlying principle of my HeartStrings patterns has always been to offer "Yarn-generic patterns for creative freedom using yarns you like".
Of course, for the sample model(s) pictured in the patterns, you might initially be swayed into envisioning the project in only that yarn. But please don't feel locked into that -- I whole-heartedly give you my permission to use something other than the specific sample yarn I show. In fact I ENCOURAGE you to make the look your own in the yarn YOU like.
Thanks to the many knitters who take the time to share their project information and information on Ravelry, you can use these as inspirational resources for ideas of making HeartStrings patterns your own, in your own way, with the yarns and colors you like, and more!
Here's an example to demonstrate a few of the many features offered by Ravelry to help you.
Below is a snippet of an example pattern page at Ravelry. This one happens to be for the Scotch Thistle Lace Stole.
Note: One way to pull up any HeartStrings pattern page at Ravelry is to go to the Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer Designs/HeartStrings FiberArts store on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/stores/jackie-erickson-schweitzer-designs.
The "Suggested yarn" field is usually the yarn that was used to knit the sample model pictured in the pattern. By no means does this limit you to using only that particular yarn in the color shown though!
Click on the "yarn ideas" tab to see all the yarns used for this pattern by Ravelry members who have posted their projects.
Click on the "projects" tab
to see the actual projects for this pattern that Ravelry members have knitted or are knitting. Note: If you are not a Ravelry member, you might need to join (it's free) to view other members' projects.
Most members post pictures so you can see the colors they used and other insights to knitting the project, or how the article can be used or worn.
If you use the Stash feature of Ravelry, the "In my stash" field even identifies possible yarns for this pattern that are in your stash!
Ann F. wrote: "Thank you so much! The Ravelry site gave me ideas, showing me that I have some latitude in the yarn I choose. I'm heading now into the basement to check out my cabinet of stash. ;-)"