Now that I have

– successfully knitted one garment following a pattern (Acer cardigan)
– knitted a second garment following a basic design and modifying it (popcorn sweater),

what is the logical next step? Starting making up my own designs, of course!
I may be overestimating my skills just a little, but hey! That´s the beauty of knitting: If you f*ck it up royally, you can always rip it out and start anew.

So here it goes: My first attempt at garment knitting design, working title:

The Corn cardigan.

I bought three cones of colourmart´s fingering weight yarn in electric blue recently. I fell in love with the colour and, in my rush to win the ebay auction for this yarn, did not read the description properly. I thought it was one of their extra fine merino yarns, but it is a cotton/linen/silk combination…. which means it comes with mental tags normally not part of my knitting program:
DRAPE. SUMMER KNITWEAR. DRAAAAAAPE!
Corn cardigan back bottom-upHowever, now it is in my stash and I am going to knit it!
The plan is for a longish summer cardigan with a subtle lace pattern and little to no waist shaping. I have yet to decide between long sleeves and 1/2 sleeves with sleeve tabs (love those!) I took a simple lace pattern I saw on a sweater pattern and tried to reproduce it from the picture on the ravelry project site. Then, using the yarn doubled, I cast on 80 stitches for the bottom of the back, knit 12 rows in 1×1 ribbing and figured out the way I wanted to space out the small lace elements.

So far, I rather like it!