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.

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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 Online Classes


These books are available at your local yarn store, independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. Some of them may be out of print, but if you can find them at a used bookstore or online for a reasonable price, it’s worth getting them.

Stitch Charting & Design

How to Draw Crochet Charts in Adobe Illustrator

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

Multisize Me article Part 1 on Knitty, Part 2

Hat Crown Calculator

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!


Apparel Search


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.


Burda Style

Craft Yarn Council


Eddie Bauer

Fiber Gypsy

Free People

J. Crew

Kate Atherley’s Foot Size Tables

Knit It Now

Knitty Blog sock sizing


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.

Lands’ End


McCall’s patterns

Simplicity Complete Measurement Guide – a very useful PDF download

Tot Toppers – for hat sizing

Wikipedia US Standard Clothing Sizes

Woolly Wormhead – for hat sizing

Ysolda Teague