I’m very happy to announce the (re-)launch of my guide to writing knitting patterns.
Driven by my work as a technical editor, I self-published this book in 2014, under the title “Pattern Writing for Knit Designers” expecting to sell a handful of copies to professional knit designers. I was very pleasantly surprised by the demand from designers of all levels, and the feedback on the book was wonderful. I have chosen to work with Interweave Press to distribute the book further beyond the limits of what my local post office can help with…
The book gathers my ten years’ of experience as a technical editor into a guide for designers to help them write instructions that any knitter can follow.
Official shipping date is April 11th, and it’s available in both physical and digital forms from all the usual online sources. We encourage you to support your local yarn shop!
This book is the culmination of my work as a a technical editor and my previous career as a product communications specialist in the technology industry.
The book is a guide to writing knitting patterns: how to translate your great knitting project into a set of instructions that any other knitter can follow.
I provide concrete guidelines, with lots of examples, on topics including:
- what information needs to be included in a knitting pattern
- how to properly and clearly communicate sizing and measurement information
- what schematics are, why you need them, and how to create them
- how to use charts and written instructions to express special pattern stitches like cables and lace
- stitch nomenclature (especially related to cables), abbreviations, and glossaries -how to handle multiple sizes and versions
- use of brackets and * to indicate repeats
- how to establish a personal style sheet And much, much more. So much more!
I discuss technical editing and test knitting – explain what they are how, why they’re important, and when they need to be done. I give tips for designers who wish to self-publish, and for those preparing submissions to a publication. And although it’s not a guide to layout or photography or grading or design, I give lots of guidance and references to help you.
And I’ve heard from knitters that it’s helped them understand how patterns are written and created, even if they’re not planning to write a pattern themselves. If you’re interested in being a designer, a test knitter, or a technical editor, this book is for you.
And people have said some very nice things about it…
Kay Gardiner of Mason Dixon Knitting reviewed the new version and declared it a “godsend”.
This book is AWESOME. Even if you’re an experienced pattern writer with a successful career, this book will help you catch up with the current trends in writing patterns for today’s younger knitters. – Donna Druchunas
Kate Atherley’s marvelous book is essential reading for any designer looking to create patterns that work well and sell well; and intriguing reading for any curious knitter who has ever wondered what goes into the creation of pattern. – Franklin Habit
If you are considering pattern writing, or want to become a knitter who understands how to read patterns more deeply, this book is for you. I certainly wish I had it when I was starting out! – Laura Nelkin
We have two copies to give away. The usual rules apply: leave a comment below, by midnight EDT Sunday April 10th. If you’ve won something from us in the last year, we ask that you give someone else a chance. Winners will be chosen randomly, and a skill-testing question will apply.