The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns

By Kate Atherley

The book I wish I'd had when I started designing, obsessively scouring patterns trying to figure out what to include and the best way to word instructions.

There are several books and resources for designing garments, but this book fills the gap between a design and a pattern that’s ready to publish.

As a teacher and tech editor Atherley is perfectly positioned to combine her extensive experience working with both pattern users and creators into a clear guide to producing patterns that willkeep knitters knitting’.

This one-stop guide includes concrete guidelines with lots of examples on everything from pattern writing basics, to schematics and charts, to handling multiple sizes, establishing a personal style sheet, and more. The book addresses the details of how to create complete, clear and easy-to-use knitting patterns, for any type of design, and for any level of knitter. You'll also find details on:

  • Pattern structure and elements
  • Formatting and layout
  • How to go from test knitting to a final publication
  • Online platforms, processes, and good business practices
  • An introduction to important copyright laws

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