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
The Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherley
Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton
Good Measure by Deborah Newton
Knitting Plus by Lisa Shroyer
Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville
Stitch Charting & Design
Adobe Illustrator (not stitch charting software, per se, but a powerful graphics program and industry standard)
Stitch Maps a terrific new way to visualize and chart knitting stitch patterns
|Stitchin Knit Font|
|Stitch Works Software||Stitchin Crochet Font|
Inkscape (an open-source vector-based drawing program)
|Stitch Painter and Garment Designer|
LoveKnitting’s Designer Academy-a series of blog articles on knitwear design
Links to Sizing Guides
Different vendors and clothing lines have different customers in terms of age and body type. As a designer, you have to come up with your own idea of who your customer is and what body types they may have. Comparing size charts from a number of different sources is an excellent way to come up with your own sizing system. Here are some links that you might find helpful in your quest to develop your own set of base measurements. But watch out for vanity sizing from clothing lines when you are comparing these numbers!
ASTM Standards for Body Measurements – The ASTM has many specialized body measurement charts for different body types; some are available free and some for a fee. Poke around on the site for more information.
L.L. Bean – a size chart is given for each separate item. Find a garment that is similar to the one you are designing, and click on the size chart for that item.
Simplicity Complete Measurement Guide – a very useful PDF download
Tot Toppers – for hat sizing
Woolly Wormhead – for hat sizing