Our Design ProcessEvery member of our company helps with the inspiration process; we have a wall dedicated to ideas. When anyone in the company sees something fun, whether it be in a magazine, at a store, their own creation, they are encouraged to write it down and pin it on our board. When the design team meets, all of these ideas are literally put out on the table, and we look at what new yarns will be coming in and decide which ideas would work best for our customers and for our yarns. From there, we take ideas from one place and some from another and with a little inspiration from our favourite yarns, we develop incredible and unique pieces for you. Once ideas for designs are chosen, the team gets to work on the development of the patterns. The design starts with deciding which stitch pattern would best achieve our vision. Then expert fibre artists develop a gauge swatch if it works, then we move forward. If not, we try another stitch and start over. Next, we draw a diagram of the shape that we want for the piece, and using the gauge swatch to figure out the number of stitches they should have at each point; we draw "map" out of the pattern. Depending on the complexity of the pattern, at this point, it may go to one of our home knitters or crocheters with the "rough draft" of the pattern, and they work the piece up, making notes of any problems they are having. Then they bring it in the office along the way so the team can look at it to see if it is coming out as they expected. Every single project gets a worksheet where we can verify the exact yardage of yarn that went into it, and we always add 10% to be sure customers have enough yarn.
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Overall, Mary Maxim tries to cater to the customer when coming up with designs. We encourage you to keep sending feedback and design ideas to help aid in the process of creating projects that you would like to make. Our goal is to make you happy, along with a quality project that will last for decades. We hope that you enjoyed learning about how our design process develops your favorite projects.