I’ve had several people ask me the differences between the class I’m teaching at Stitches Midwest (How to Say It: Technical Writing for Knitters & Crocheters) and my Craftsy course. (How to Say It: Pattern Writing for Knitters).

The Stitches and Craftsy classes are the same, but different. At Stitches I talk about the need for a style sheet and some of the things you might need to think about in terms of who your audience is. We discuss different wording options and why you might choose one or another. I provide a pattern template and in the afternoon, you get a chance to work through the process of writing a pattern for a simple pullover. Crocheters are not forgotten in this class, as I use specific examples of crochet language and offer crochet designers the opportunity to write a crochet pattern. We also spend time talking about how to approach publishers, preparing design proposals, and aspects of self-publishing.

Crochet is not specifically part of the Craftsy class, nor do I cover design submissions there, although crocheters would benefit from the Craftsy course. The in-person class gives students an opportunity to throw ideas around in “real time” and feed off each other, as students ask questions and discuss their concerns.

Craftsy also offers a platform for discussion, and I’m available to answer questions on a daily basis. On Craftsy, I go into detail on how to develop a style sheet and pattern template for your audience, and we go step-by-step through the process of writing a more complex pattern. Because there are fewer time constraints (you can watch at your pace, and you have assignments to do between lessons), the level of technical detail is greater. You have a chance to do more practical hands-on work. While I do say some of the same things in both classes, they are not exactly the same, and I really think students will benefit from both venues.

About Edie Eckman

Many years ago, Edie Eckman co-owned a yarn shop. No one told her that yarn shop owners don't actually get time to crochet or knit, so after a few years she closed the shop and turned to designing. Now she has her fingers in many aspects of the fiber arts, as teacher, writer, designer, editor, and technical editor. She considers herself fully bi-textural, and likes to serve as a Knit-Crochet Diplomat, easing the schism that can exist between the two disciplines. Edie travels extensively to teach both knitting and crochet. Her articles and designs have appeared in many yarn company publications and magazines, including Interweave Crochet, Knitters and Knit 'N Style. Edie is the author of Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, Socks to Knit for Those You Love, Fresh Vests to Knit, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, How to Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy, The Crochet Answer Book, and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs.

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