A couple months ago I received an email telling me my Stars and Stares Eye Pillow pattern had been accepted to Knitty. I was thrilled! I love these eye pillows and they were fun to knit.
The eyes on black and white one look like women's eyes, while those on the other pillow have a slightly anime feel to them. I don't know which I like more: the muted look of the variegated hand painted yarn, or the stark contrast of the black and white. Each has its own appeal.
One thing I like about Knitty's process is that they allow you to look over the final tech-edited version before publication. This was especially good in my case because my pattern contains several charts.
Knitty has a chart editing program they use. They don't require designers to submit charts created with that program, but every accepted chart has to be entered in that program by hand. Stitch by stitch.
Most of my charts were relatively large with no repeating patterns. Tech editor Kate Atherley did heroic work on them, but there were a few mistakes the first time around. I was happy to have the chance to check them before they went live. They are now error-free!
Stars and Stares uses some interesting techniques: Judy's Magic Cast On, Grafting, Catching Strands, and Weaving in Ends from the Right Side. An eye pillow is a small project and reasonably quick knit. Why don't you give it a try?
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