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
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.
Knitwear Design Workshop: The Comprehensive Guide to Handknits
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
Design Your Own Knits in 5 Easy Steps
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
How to Use, Adapt, and Design Knitting Patterns: How to knit exactly what you want, every time—with confidence!
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.