Design Week, day 1: sketches

Welcome to Knit and Crochet Design Week!

If you haven’t read the details of knit and design week, read this post to get caught up to speed. Basically, we’re dedicating a little time each day this week to design and sharing our progress.

There are no requirements: I just want to encourage you to have fun and be creative! And, if you’ve written a blog post about your progress, please post the link in the comments section below… so we can all have a look!

My Sketch

Okay, now onto my designing! (yes… I’m designing along with you!)

I’ve had a platypus on my ‘ideas of animals to design’ list for a while now… and this seems like the week to do it!

The first thing I do when I’m designing an animal is to do a bit of research about what the animal looks like. This usually includes looking around on Pinterest, clip art files and a Google Image search:

After I’ve had a look around, I do a sketch, including all of the features that are ‘must haves’. For the platypus, that means a brown body, a tail, a beak and webbed feet.

For the platypus, I’m feeling torn. Should he be a big oval-ball shape? Here’s my ‘oval sketch’:

Or should he have a more separate head? Here’s the ‘with a head’ sketch:

What do you think? I’m leaning towards the platypus with the distinct head shape… Also, in real-life, a platypus has a black beak and feet, but I’m wondering if the tan won’t look better in yarn.

Opinions welcome!

What are you designing?

I’m excited to see what you’re up to! Leave a link to your design week post in the comment section below!

Tomorrow’s theme is ‘techniques’: chatting about the techniques that will be helpful when designing and making your creation. You don’t have to stick with the theme, but it’s there to help if you’re drawing a blank.

Read all the Design Week posts here.

See you again, tomorrow!




  1. Erin SAYS...

    I agree with the distinct head shape – was just more appealing to me 🙂

    look forward to seeing him in crochet!!!

  2. Here is my Design week day 1 post: . I’m looking forward to the rest of the week! ^_^

  3. Fatima Rosales Naya SAYS...

    I think you should use any colours you feel would look nice. I like bright colours and I’d go for orange or yellow feet and beak. Let me know what you decide.

  4. I’m working for a shawl that I’m hoping will get published soon. *grins* It’s taking longer than I was hoping, mostly because I’ve had to move in the last few weeks.

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  6. I instantly thought of Perry the platypus….from one of my kids favorite cartoons…Phineas and Ferb! in this case the one without the distinct head would fit best but of course you would have to change his body to a dark teal and his beak and feet to yellow!

  7. I don’t know why my url didn’t post. It’s . I hope it works this time. ^_^

  8. Is it working and i just can’t see it? If not, then you can view the post by checking out blog on blogger.

  9. I totally thought Phineas and Ferb too! except Perry’s feet are teal like his body and his beak and tail are orange. ^_^

  10. I like the separate head picture too. But the oval platypus looks more cuddly 🙂