The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook

How to Write Great Patterns that Knitters Will Love to Make
by Kristina McGrath, Sarah Walworth, Francoise Danoy

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Take your knitting knowledge to the next level with this helpful guidebook from two professional knitting tech editors that sets much-needed standards for writing clear, accurate instructions—perfect for those interested in writing and selling original patterns.

Knitting patterns are notorious for inaccuracies in measurements and confusing directions—but no more! The Knitting...
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Published By Storey Publishing, LLC

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 176

Publication Date 10/31/2023

ISBN 9781635866247

Dimensions 6.35 inches x 8.3 inches

"If there's one thing I've learned, it's to always listen to my tech editors. It's easy when everything is so well explained! The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook should be required reading for all aspiring pattern designers; not just for the technical information about laying out your patterns with consistency and clarity, but for the included question and answer sessions in each chapter, where the authors dive into all the things you've wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)!"
— Hannah Thiessen Howard, Author of Slow Knitting & Seasonal Slow Knitting

"The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook covers all aspects of writing a good pattern, from developing a style sheet or writing instructions in a consistent manner (in text, by the schematic, or through charts), to working with a tech editor and addressing sizing issues. Clearly written and comprehensive in scope, I wish I had had this book when I began to design."
— Beth Brown-Reinsel, author of Knitting Ganseys

“I wish I had this as a resource when I first started designing knitwear. The checklists for consistency when writing patterns are a necessity, and the grading information for accurate sizing over multiple silhouettes is invaluable. I plan to keep a copy in my design library... and you should too!”
— Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs

"This much needed guide is filled with industry secrets and standards, making it invaluable to new and experienced knitwear designers alike.  I cannot wait to share this book with my design students!”
— Safiyyah Talley, author of Knit 2 Socks in 1

“In The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook, Kristina and Sarah take the mystery out of how to write a knitting pattern. They offer new designers wise, experienced advice on how to avoid the most common designer pitfalls. This is the book I want all my tech-edit clients to read. Save yourself time, money and headaches by reading The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook before you start your next knitting pattern!”
— Edie Eckman, knit and crochet designer and author

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