Designing knitwear is, in our opinion, one of the most rewarding and fun things you can do. Whether you are dreaming of a career in knitwear design, or simply want to try putting your ideas on to paper, it can feel a little overwhelming when you are starting and leave you wondering where to begin. To help, we decided to put together a list of resources to help.
Frenchie of Aroha Knits
Frenchie's website, Aroha Knits, is a treasure trove of information for new and established designers alike. Her site is dedicated to educating and empowering all makers, with a specific section dedicated to Yarn Alchemists; knitters who want to embark on design. Frenchie has two free signature challenges: 5 Shawls, 5 Days challenge and the Initiate Knit Design challenge, both giving participants invaluable skills to use in their design work. She also runs SWATCH Studio and the Yarn Alchemist Apprenticeship Program, both of which helps transform knitters into confident designers.
Claire Mountain of Sister Mountain
Grading knitting patterns is probably one of the most daunting aspects of designing a pattern and something a lot of new designers try to avoid for as long as possible. Claire Mountain's fantastic blog is full of tips and tricks to elevate your knitting, but her tutorial on grading patterns using a spreadsheet is gold.
The Craft Yarn Council
The Craft Yarn Council has a ton of information for new designers. Their sizing charts, in particular, are an extremely helpful starting point when grading patterns.
The Beginners Guide To Writing Patterns
Kate Atherley's book is a detailed account of how to write clear and thoughtful patterns that makers will love to knit. Not only does Kate share her expert knowledge, she includes advice and feedback from other people in the industry such as tech editors, magazine editors and, more importantly, knitters.
Submitting to a publication is a great way to get your work seen, but often a great design can be overlooked because of a less than great submission. ‘Knit Design Tips—9 Steps to Perfect Design Submissions’ by Kirsten Dyke breaks down all the elements needed for a clear and well thought-through submission.
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