Design Your Own Knitting Patterns
Designing Knitting Patterns
Knitters spend hours searching for the perfect pattern, and often they cannot find one that matches the vision they have in their head. Before you know it, people who knit as a hobby turn into knitting designers as they strive to create the perfect knit item.
I started designing my own knitting projects by accident. I was knitting a bunch of small little patterns, when suddenly I had an idea how I could modify shapes to create something completely new. These first few "accidental" design projects led me to the library where I searched for all of the books on knitting design that I could lay my hands on. I hope that these recommendations will help you as you start designing your own knitting patterns!
Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design: Working from a Master Pattern to Fashion Your Own Knits
This books is a must have for anyone seriously interested in knitwear design. As I have previously said, this book contains essential tips on how to adjust the number of stitches in your pattern to the gauge of yarn that you are using. The basics of knitwear construction give you a jumping off point to start designing your own knitting patterns.
Sweater Design in Plain English
Knitting design books can work for you even if you aren't ready to start designing your own patterns yet. These are excelled resources for adapting existing knitting to fit your needs, or even just adjusting the pattern so you can get a better fit.
The fear of knitting sweaters comes from the fear of spending hours on a project, only to have it not fit correctly. This fear is multiplied when it comes to designing your own sweater knitting patterns!
According to the official product description: "n clear, straightforward terms, Maggie Righettie shares her knitting know-how and good fashion sense so that, no matter what your knitting level, you can overcome the fear of failure, avoid costly mistakes, adapt already-existing patterns, and plan and create sweaters that really fit and look terrific-sweaters that will be worn for many years to come. " I cannot say it better than that!
Knitwear Design Workshop: The Comprehensive Guide to Handknits
I love knitting books that are spiral bound, it makes it so much easier to refer to them as you are working. This book explores the mathematics of designing knit sweaters by looking at commercially available sweaters. The discussion proceeds into how fiber selection will effect the outcome of your project.
According to the official product description, "Here Newton systematizes her approach to designing handknit garments and, in the process, shares information she searched for in vain when she was a fledgling designer." There is something wonderful about a knitwear designer sharing the process from idea to garment. There is no one better to share design tips than someone who struggled to learn it themselves.
ChemKnits Discusses Knitting Design
When blogging about knitting, I try to share the process with my readers. The same can be said for my design process, especially when the design in question is complex.
- The Design of the 14 Cable Hat
In the title image, I show the taping together of a number of cables that I used when I was trying to design the order of these cables for my favorite hat.
- 10 Hour Remnant Afghan Time Log
This pattern itself was simple, but as I knit I learned how much yarn I would need to complete the project.
The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Desig
This book calls itself the first knitting book to ever provide help to knitwear designers at all experience levels. Whether or not that is the case, it never hurts to read about knitting design from multiple perspectives!
Design Your Own Knits in 5 Easy Steps
Step into the shoes of one of the most read knitting designers of our time as she takes you through the process of designing your own colorful knitting projects.
Design your own knitting charts - A tutorial by ChemKnits
The following links will bring you to a tutorial I made on how to use Microsoft Excel to create your own knitting charts. (Alternatively, you can use paper graph paper and colored pencils!)
- How to Make a Knitting Chart in Excel Part 1: Setting up the Chart
Part 1 of this tutorial tells you how you can turn an excel spreadsheet into graph paper you can use to design digital knitting charts.
- How to Make a Knitting Chart in Excel Part 2: Drawing Your Chart
Now that you have the graph paper, you are ready to start designing the chart.
- How to Make a Knitting Chart in Excel Part 3: How to save and share your chart
Want to post your newly made knitting chart on your blog? Find out how here!
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Stitch dictionaries are essential for all knitting designers. Being able to view samples of different stitch patterns is an incredible source of inspiration when you start designing your own knit garments. Sometimes just looking at a knit stitch will make a patterns start unfolding inside of you.
How to Use, Adapt, and Design Knitting Patterns: How to knit exactly what you want, every time—with confidence!
When you are creating knit garments, you will often find yourself adapting the patterns to fit your needs. Maybe you need to adjust the size of a sweater so it will fit you, or you modify a hat pattern to add a brim. The steps from adapting knitting patterns to creating your own from scratch are small, so the more tweaking you do the sooner you will find yourself coming up with the pattern to fit the exact garment you have always wanted to knit.
Knitting Design Software
My laptop is an essential component to my knitting design process. I need to type my patterns up so I can share them online, but it also helps me keep track of my ideas and progress through the pattern. There is some software available that can help you organize your design ideas, or you can download some free knitting fonts to use in the word processing software that you already own.