The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns – Book Review

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Title: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns
Author: Kate Atherley
Published by: Interweave/F+W
ISBN: 978-1-63250-434-0
Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Published: April 11, 2016

 

The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley, published by Interweave/F+W, is a comprehensive guide to help you learn the ins and outs of writing knitting patterns for your own designs. This book will teach you how to create clear and concise knitting patterns for any design and skill level.  Kate begins with a brief introduction of what you can expect to get from The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting PatternsShe continues to discuss the elements needed in a knitting pattern as well as the type of structure the pattern should have. Kate also gives a few tips on how to name your patterns along with helpful resources. She discusses the use of gauge information, schematics, measurements and more to help make your patterns easy to read and successful.

Here is a list of the different sections/topics covered in The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns:

  • Chapter 1: Pattern Structure & Elements
  • Chapter 2: The Actual Knitting Instructions
  • Chapter 3: Charts
  • Chapter 4: Grading
  • Chapter 5: Formatting & Layout
  • Chapter 6: The Process
  • Chapter 7: Selling Online
  • Chapter 8: On Copyright
  • Appendix A: Basic Pattern Template
  • Appendix B: Abbreviations, Standard Terms & Glossary
  • Appendix C: Resources & Bibliography

Under each of the topics covered, there are individual sub-topics that go more in-depth. For example, the sub-topics under “The Process” discuss testing your design, tech editing and different kinds of publications. Scattered throughout the book, there is excellent advice from experts to help you along your way. There are also pop quizzes to help ensure that you understand the material in each section. There is a ton of useful information that can help any designer turn their ideas into written patterns that can be published in different forms of media. The information in The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns can give you a solid foundation to successfully produce your own knitting patterns.

Want to try your hand at pattern writing? You can get The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns from the Interweave Store for just $27.99!

The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley, published by Interweave/F+W; $27.99

 

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