Knit & Crochet Design Resources

In your quest for learning more about designing with yarn, drafting patterns, and writing clear and concise instructions, it pays to study. I’ve gathered resources that will help you along your way. Some of these may include affiliate links, which help support me in my quest to make a living teaching and designing, but don’t cost you anything extra.

If you are interested in taking an in-person class from me, check out my most up-to-date workshop schedule, or consider having me teach in your local area. I’m also available for consulting on a one-on-one basis.

These are in no particular order and will be added to as I come across additional resources. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to find everything!

Design Related Classes on Craftsy


These books are available at your local yarn store, independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden
Beginners Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns
The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley
Designing Knitwear
Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton
Good Measure
Good Measure by Deborah Newton
Knitting Plus
Knitting Plus by Lisa Shroyer
Knitting Pattern Essentials
Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville
A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
Japanese stitch dictionary 1000 patterns
1000 Knitting Patterns
Japanese stitch dictionary 500 patterns
500 Knitting Patterns
Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook
The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook by Melissa Leapman
Up Down All Around
Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard
Super Stitches Knitting
Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway
Knitting Stitches Visual Encyclopedia
Knitting Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia by Sharon Turner
Knit Stitch Dictionary
Knit Stitch Dictionary by Debbie Tomkies
Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary
The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard

Stitch Charting & Design

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator
(not stitch charting software, per se, but a powerful graphics program and industry standard)

Inkscape Logo
 (an open-source vector-based drawing program)
Intwined Studio Logo
 Intwined Studio
Knit Foundry/Knit Visualizer logo Knit VisualizerPatternGenius
Stitch Painter and Garment Designer
Stitch Works SoftwareStitchin Crochet Font
Stitchin Knit Font


CYC logo

Information on body sizing, yarn weights, hook and needle sizes

Article: 6 Armholes and How to Make them Work for Your Body


LoveKnitting’s Designer Academy-a series of blog articles on knitwear design