Design Tips for Baby And Children’s Knits

For many knitters, nothing is more enjoyable than knitting baby or children’s garments. They are smaller and much faster to make than adult knits. It’s wrong to think that kid’s designs are simply mini versions of adult styles. Baby and children’s sweaters are not only smaller, but the proportions are different from an adult’s. Motifs…

Be a Designer and Design Your Own Sweater – The Planning Process

Some knitters are quite content with making garments from pattern instructions. Even from the beginning of their knitting journey, others have the desire to knit up their own creations. Once you’ve mastered the basics of knitting, can understand pattern instructions, and have made a few sweaters, it’s time to up your game and design your…

Designing a Simple Collar

An interesting knit collar provides the finishing touch to any garment. Most collar styles can be worked from picked up stitches around the neckline, or worked separately and sewn in place. The most simple of collars is worked from a round neckline. The majority of collars are knit with non-curling and reversible stitch patterns. The…

Altering Published Knitting Patterns

I’ve wanted to make myself an oversized wrap cardigan for awhile. I looked through back issues of Vogue Knitting Magazine and found a design I wanted to alter, a cardigan from Vogue’s Spring/Summer 1987 issue. What I like about it is the broken rib stitch pattern, and the raglan sleeves, but I wanted to alter…

Design Tips For Knit Hats

Hats are among the oldest garments worn by humans. Early knitted hats appeared as caps just prior to the Renaissance, with knit caps and stockings the most common knitted items during this time period. Hand knit hats come in a range of shapes and styles. There are styles that are part of traditional costume for…

Writing a Useable Knitting Pattern

Did you just finish designing a hand knit sweater, and now you want to show it off to the world? You want other knitters to enjoy making and wearing this creation. Achieving this requires you to write knitting instructions that other knitters can follow. Whether you want to create pattern instructions for friends to make…

So You Want to Knit a Hood

Have you ever thought that a hood would look better on the bulky cardigan you’re making, rather than the collar style used in the pattern instructions. A hood is simply an extension of the neck band from a round neckline or an unshaped neckline. If you’re not sure how to add a hood to your…

Designing Knit Hand Accessories – Part 2

In my last post, I introduced you to designing hand accessories – gloves, mittens, and fingerless styles. All three styles have many of the same components: cuff, wrist, hand, thumb, and fingers. The design process begins with taking hand measurements, with the most crucial measurement being the circumference of the hand above the thumb. The…

Designing Knit Hand Accessories

Have you ever wanted to knit a pair of gloves, but were unsure of how to design such a project? In the next two posts, I’ll give you the basics to designing hand accessories –  gloves, mittens or fingerless mitts. This post begins with their anatomy, followed by taking the necessary measurements to create your…

Designing a Tie

The man in my life loves wearing ties, and has a large collection of them from his travels. He asked me if I could make him a hand knit tie. The following is the process I went through to designing a tie that he would be proud to wear. Finding the right idea The design…