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. ‚ÄòKnit Design Tips‚Äî9 Steps to Perfect Design Submissions' by Kirsten Tendyke breaks down all the elements needed for a clear and well thought-through submission.
Are there any other resources you think should be on this list? Share them in the comments below!
Happy Socktober, lovelies!! If you've been following us even for a little while, you've probably noticed that I absolutely love knitting socks.
They're the perfect portable project, great for trying out new techniques or stitch patterns, and just so, so rewarding. There's just nothing like the feeling of opening your sock drawer on a cold fall morning, picking out the pair of hand-knit socks that calls to you, and walking around with cozy, warm toes all day long.
I couldn't resist putting together a short, sweet list of 3 sock patterns I'm loving right now to kickstart this month – one makes for excellent TV-knitting, the second one is a bit more complex, and the last one is one that I've been wanting to knit for years!
One of my all-time favorite tasks when we get a new yarn in is to put together pattern and color combinations. And with Bérénice, De Rerum Natura's sustainably produced Mohair / Merino / Silk yarn (fluffy like a cloud!), the possibilities for patterns and colors are close to endless!
I'm thrilled to be back in this space, and with something really, really exciting at that! For the past year, I've been on the hunt for a sustainably-produced fluffy yarn - we used to carry Knitting for Olive's Soft Silk Mohair which is delightful, but also... everyone has it now? So I was looking for something that was a little out of the ordinary, but also responsibly sourced, and as it goes with anything that involves mohair and silk, that was really hard.
Cue De Rerum Natura, who secretly have been working behind the scenes at exactly that yarn I'd been looking for: An "as sustainably as it can get" fluff yarn that works perfectly for a broad range of projects, from whispers of lace shawls to holding it together with more substantial yarns.
We're a delightfully tiny team dedicated to all things sustainability in knitting. With our online shop filled with responsibly produced yarns, notions and patterns we're here to help you create a wardrobe filled with knits you'll love and wear for years to come.
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