Pattern Writing for Knit Designers

Pattern Writing for Knit Designers

£20.99

Kate Atherley

This book is the culmination of Kate Atherley's work as a a technical editor and her 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.
Kate provides 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!
The book discusses technical editing and test knitting – explains what they are how, why they’re important, and when they need to be done. She gives tips for designers who wish to self-publish, and for those preparing submissions to a publication.
In addition, the book includes two key resources: a master template – both in printed and digital form –and a master glossary and abbreviations list.
This is a must have resource for any knitwear designer new or otherwise. 
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