To help keep myself calm these last few weeks, gentle, non-taxing knitting has been called for. Trouble is, I've programmed myself so well that just knitting for the sake of it doesn't work. Each time I cast-on it's going to be a pattern yet my brain didn't need this kind of thinking.
This is Aran modelling for test knitting shots - Silvia is the intended model but it's green and Aran can handle it ;)
I felt happier revisiting this pattern, having learnt a few things. Firstly - I read the chapter on Medallion Knitting from Mary Thomas's Book of Knitting Patterns. It reassured me that the methods I'd worked out ("unvented") for various types of crown shaping, including this one, have been around for many years. This particular type of shaping may not be so common in Hats but it's nothing new and I feel more comfortable using it.
It may come as a surprise to some that not everyone reads about these methods of construction first before trying them - I grew up in the knitting equivalent of the dark ages - very few books and little help at hand. No internet and no helpful LYS. Working things out comes naturally, and as we all know little is new in knitting. It still amazes me at times that many of the little workarounds or tricks I've developed for myself have worked for others too, and that I got things right!
And that's the second thing - little is very new. It happens all the time, designs that bear similarities are being published from completely different angles and thought processes. So even although I was concerned at the time of writing this pattern that it might look too much like another, having knit it I'm much more content with publishing it.
I've spent a lot of time thinking about this pattern, it's construction and it's potential uses, and want to be completely happy in my head before I publish it. And I think I am. It needs test knitting and tech editing so it has some way to go, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.