I have been knitting for ever (nearly) but only started devising patterns a few years ago. It is not quite the same, it requires different sets of skills - being clear and understandable for one!
My first ever pattern was this cowl: Tour de Monte Rosa cowl. I wanted to make a joke around the word col in French - it can mean cowl or pass (in mountain terms). And of course, you know I always link my creations to mountains, I am THAT obsessed!!
I wanted to take the knitter on a journey with this cowl. When I walk in the Alps, it takes time and efforts. A bit like knitting (without the blisters). So this cowl journey starts at the bottom of the mountain, and climbs between the trees, along a meadow, then in the mineral world until you have gone all around the Monte Rosa and admired the view and the different landscapes.
I took time to make the details interesting, using different stitches in order to give texture to the cowl.
Here is an example:
I am especially proud of this sample, because I knitted it with the eponimous 4ply yarn, dyed by me.
Of course, the Tour de Monte Rosa is a beautiful trek to walk in the summer. Why not go there and try it for yourself? Alternatively, you can live vicariously and travel in your armchair, knitting the cowl 😉.