The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns
This book is the culmination of my work as a a technical editor and my previous career as a product communications specialist in the technology industry.
The book is a guide to writing knitting patterns: how to translate your great knitting project into a set of instructions that any other knitter can follow.
I provide concrete guidelines, with lots of examples, on topics including :
- what information needs to be included in a knitting pattern
- how to properly and clearly communicate sizing and measurement information
- what schematics are, why you need them, and how to create them
- how to use charts and written instructions to express special pattern stitches like cables and lace
- stitch nomenclature (especially related to cables), abbreviations, and glossaries -how to handle multiple sizes and versions
- use of brackets and * to indicate repeats
- how to establish a personal style sheet And much, much more. So much more!
I discuss technical editing and test knitting – explain what they are how, why they’re important, and when they need to be done. I give tips for designers who wish to self-publish, and for those preparing submissions to a publication.
In addition, I provide two key resources: a master template – both in printed and digital form –and a master glossary and abbreviations list.
People have said great things about it.
This book is AWESOME. Even if you’re an experienced pattern writer with a successful career, this book will help you catch up with the current trends in writing patterns for today’s younger knitters. – Donna Druchunas
Kate Atherley’s marvelous book is essential reading for any designer looking to create patterns that work well and sell well; and intriguing reading for any curious knitter who has ever wondered what goes into the creation of pattern. – Franklin Habit
If you are considering pattern writing, or want to become a knitter who understands how to read patterns more deeply, this book is for you. I certainly wish I had it when I was starting out! – Laura Nelkin