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


Books

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

KnitwearDesignWorkshop
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
ATreasuryofKnittingPatterns
A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
ASecondTreasuryofKnittingPatterns
A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
ChartedKnittingDesigns
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker
AFourthTreasuryofKnittingPatterns
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
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida
400 Knitting Stitches
400 Knitting Stitches by Potter Craft
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
The Big Book of Knit Stitches
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
Learn How to Knit with 50 Square
Learn How to Knit With 50 Squares (Note that this is not a true stitch dictionary, a student brought it to class once, and it does function as one!)
750 Knitting Stitches
750 Knitting Stitches
Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches
Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches from Reader's Digest
Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters
Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters by Melissa Leapman
Continuous Crochet Motif 60
Continuous Crochet Motif 60

Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs
Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia
Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
Super Stitches Crochet
Super Stitches Crochet
The Crochet Stitch Bible
The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden
500 Crochet Stitches
500 Crochet Stitches


Stitch Charting & Design

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

Stitch Mastery logoStitch Maps logo
Stitch Maps
a terrific new way to visualize and chart knitting stitch patterns
Intwined Studio Logo
 Intwined Studio
Knitbird
Stitchin Knit Font
Stitch Works SoftwareStitchin Crochet Font
Inkscape Logo
Inkscape
 (an open-source vector-based drawing program)
Knit Foundry/Knit Visualizer logo Knit VisualizerPatternGenius
Stitch Painter and Garment Designer

 

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!

Anthropologie

Apparel Search

Asos

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.

Boden

Burda Style

Craft Yarn Council

Chico’s

Eddie Bauer

Fiber Gypsy

Free People

J. Crew

Jill Wolcott

Kate Atherley’s Foot Size Tables

Knit It Now

Knitty Blog sock sizing

Knotions

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

Loft

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