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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.

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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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