a messy schematic in Word---not Marnie's fault
Often when I design a knitting pattern for publication, or even sometimes when I submit a design for consideration, I need to provide a schematic, or outline of the garment, roughly to scale, labeled with the dimensions for every size. Until recently I used Microsoft Word to draw my schematics. Less than desirable, but I thought I had to invest in a program like Adobe Illustrator to do better.
Mindy from Clotheshorse told me one important difference between Illustrator and Word is that Illustrator is vector-based. So I did some research and found several vector graphics programs that interested me, and one, Inkscape, that's available for free. But whereas Marnie MacLean has a wonderful tutorial for creating schematics in Word, I couldn't find one peep about creating them in Inkscape. Which meant me and my scarred brain had to figure it out by ourselves.
One thing I don't do well any more is read instructions. I used to be great at it, manic about it, in fact. I used to read a lot, and quickly (insert teary-eyed maiden's quietly pathetic sniff). Now my eyes glaze over, and---I kid you not---the words float off the page or screen or whatever and work themselves into a tangle I have no idea how to unravel.
So I found a tutorial on how to draw the Swedish Flag, and got my start in the world of Inkscape.
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