I Love to Knit Ahead.
It’s the sense of satisfaction which really appeals to me. The knowledge that even though a sweater may take me two weeks or three months or a couple years to finish, it is done before I need it to be.
With this in mind, I often start knitting gifts and projects well in advance of the official due date. For example, a sweater dress for the birthday of a friend’s daughter in six months was started a month ago.
Difficulties do crop up. Sizing is one issue–children grow quickly in erratic spurts, so I consult various size charts and usually knit a size larger than what I think will be expected. Also, beyond the usual dye lot caveats about purchasing yarn, yarn colors go in and out of fashion just like everything else.
I expect difficulties when trying to match the yarn colors from British 1970’s knitting patterns. What is more aggravating is realizing the purple yarn I bought last spring no longer matches anything in the stores, because season trends have taken us away from “Grape” and left us with “Plum.”
To combat this, I consult Pantone. Arguably the Fashion World’s color dictators, if a color appears on the Pantone chart, you can bet it will appear on the store shelf; on dishes, pillows, shoes, purses, dresses, and eventually yarn.
Pantone released the Spring 2013 Color Chart about a month ago to coincide with the New York Fashion Week. I gobbled up a copy, and immediately set about matching yarn available now with what will be in the stores next summer.
If you are interested in knitting that far ahead, I suggest you take a look at what colors will be fashionable in the near future, and plan accordingly. Or you can enjoy the fruits of my labor, and just keep reading.