This is what I've been doing. I'm not even going to tell you how much time I've spent trying to get this idea into a workable thing. In my head, it is just the most genius idea. In reality, on paper ... well that's another story. Let's just say, its getting there. But has a ways to go.
I started with digital drawings of knitting, done with Photoshop and a stylus and Wacom tablet. Hand drawn knitting, one stitch at a time.
Experimented with scale, brush texture, how much "hand drawn-ness" there should be, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. until my brain exploded a little bit. (There are many more examples than what you see here. Many, many, many more.)
Then settled on one look, and figured out a repeat, and did some designs. (Again, this is one, of about 12 zillion examples.)
But something wasn't gelling for me, so I threw it all out the window and got loose. (At this stage I spent one whole day fantasizing about making really big abstract paintings of knitting, selling them in galleries for thousands of dollars.)
But I'm not really a "do big abstract paintings" kind of gal, not really. So after a little break (and some ice cream, and a decent night's sleep), the real, 'quieter' me came back, and I went back to my colored pencils and drawing table, and did some pieces the old fashioned way.
I like the look of the 'hand drawn' pieces so much better. That technique is not as versatile for what I want to do, and takes longer, but in the end, might be the way to go after all. I've done these with all colored pencils, but think I will have to do some with a combination of paint and pencil to get the 'look' I'm going for.
I do like this simple line drawing though. Wouldn't this be fun fabric? Hello Christmas!
OK, so you can see what I'm going through. My brain is fried. This is why artists go nuts.