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How to Say It

Thanks for spending the day with me at How to Say it: Technical Writing for Knitters and Crocheters.

Here are the resources we talked about in class, plus perhaps some other information you might find helpful. If you know of others than I have not mentioned here, please email me and tell me about them, so I can share the information with others!

The finished sample pattern for the knit version is here.

The finished sample pattern for the crochet version is here.

Please consider taking my Craftsy course of the same name, How to Say It.  In the class, I cover some of the same topics, yet I go into more detail about style sheet choices, and give you more hands-on practice with a different pattern template and pattern. The class is yours forever, so you can come back to it over and over again. I’ll also be available to answer your questions! To help you decide if it’s worth taking another class, check out my blog post on the subject.

The Craft Yarn Council website has a list of abbreviations, hook/needle sizes, and suggested body size guidelines.

Other sizing information can be found in a variety of places. Besides the Craft Yarn Council, try ready-to-wear clothing manufacturers and other sites.


Lands End

LL Bean

These resources are presented in no particular order, and without specific endorsement. In other words, your mileage may vary!








Online Design Classes

Updates coming soon-stay tuned for more!

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Stitch Charting & Design Software

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



Stitch Painter and Garment Designer


Knit Visualizer

Inkscape (an open-source vector-based drawing program)

Intwined Studio

Stitchin Crochet Font

Stitchin Knit Font

Stitch Works Software

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