Friday Freebies: Strausserl Stockings Knitting Pattern

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Every Thursday, the upcoming free pattern of the week is posted on my Instagram (@jriedeknits) and Twitter (@jriedeknits) – feel free to follow me for previews!

Welcome to this week’s Friday Freebies here on jriede.com! The free pattern poll this week had a clear winner – thanks to all who voted! We all love #fridayfreebies so I’ll not let you wait any longer.

Today’s free knitting pattern is Strausserl, a knitting pattern for a pair of Alpine lace stockings.

 

Friday Freebies Strausserl stockings

You can download the free shawl knitting pattern in the shop for the next 24 hours.

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Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely pair of socks, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free sock knitting pattern!

Happy knitting! Feel free to share & spread the word :)

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Friday Freebies Pattern Poll: Free Knitting Patterns For Socks

Which free sock knitting pattern do you want to see in this week’s Friday Freebies? There are three lovely free knitting patterns for socks to choose from this week. Shown from top to bottom: Strausserl, Johanna and Little Aliens.

Strausserl Friday Freebies
Strausserl Stockings
Johanna Free Sock Pattern
Johanna Stockings
Little Aliens Friday Freebies
Little Aliens Knitting Pattern

Vote here for your preferred free knitting patterns for socks to be featured in this week’s Friday Freebie!

Which pattern should be the next Friday Freebie?

  • Strausserl (41%, 39 Votes)
  • Johanna (34%, 33 Votes)
  • Little Aliens (25%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 96

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Happy voting :)

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How To Create a Knitting Pattern, Day 12: Knitting Pattern Templates

How To Create a Knitting Pattern: Knitting Pattern Templates

Are you a knitter dying to create your own knitting patterns but don’t have a clue where to start? Make yourself comfortable: let’s get you started on my tutorial series on how to create a knitting pattern. Feeling lost? Find the article series overview here!


Welcome to Day 12 of the Knitting Pattern How To series! Today, we are going to talk about knitting pattern templates for your new pattern.

 

How To Create a Knitting Pattern: Knitting Pattern Templates

Why Use Knitting Pattern Templates?

If you intend to publish more than just a single knitting pattern, you should consider creating your own knitting pattern template. You and your customers will benefit from it for the following reasons:

  • It helps with branding: using knitting pattern templates creates a consistent look & feel in your pattern library.
  • Reusing proven templates makes your patterns less prone to errors and prevents missing elements in your patterns.

You can use the knitting pattern templates provided below as a guide. Feel free to adapt them to your needs!

Free Knitting Pattern Templates For You

Feel free to use my free knitting pattern templates as a basis for your own! Download them below as PDF, Word or InDesign format.

Knitting Pattern Template (PDF)

Knitting Pattern Template (DOCX)

Knitting Pattern Template (InDesign)

Exercise: Create Your Own Knitting Pattern Template

Go and create your own knitting pattern template now! Post your knitting pattern template on my Facebook page (have you like it yet? If not, please do so!) until Sunday, August 16 to enter the contest to win one of my knitting patterns of your choice!

Go and get some practice now! Creating knitting patterns in easier than you think. You can do it, too!

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How To Create a Knitting Pattern, Day 11: Pattern Photography That Rocks

How To Create A Knitting Pattern: Photography

Are you a knitter dying to create your own knitting patterns but don’t have a clue where to start? Make yourself comfortable: let’s get you started on my tutorial series on how to create a knitting pattern. Feeling lost? Find the article series overview here!


Welcome to Day 11 of the Knitting Pattern How To series! Today, we are going to talk about the importance of good photography for your new knitting pattern.

How To Create A Knitting Pattern: Photography

 

Why Is Good Photography So Important?

Imagine you’re looking for a knitting pattern for a dog sweater online and you’re ready to purchase a pattern from somebody else. You come across the following two pattern pictures. Which one would you click on?

Bad Knitting Pattern Photography
An example for really bad pattern photography (sorry, mate!). Source: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-two-color-dog-sweater
An example for good pattern photography. Source: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/turtleneck-dog-sweater

There’s not much to add here I guess. Your pattern pictures determine if people click on your pattern (and buy it!) or not. It’s simple as that. Take the best pictures you can!

If you’re using a phone camera, websites like iphonephotographyschool.com can be of help eventually. There’s lots of tutorials on phone camera photography out there, just feed the search engine of your choice!

How To Take Pictures That Rock Your Knitting Pattern

If you know a decent DLSR camera and know how to use it: awesome! This will get you the best pictures probably. But it’s possible to take awesome pictures with a phone camera, too – it’s just a little more effort. Just a few tips:

  • Take pictures in natural light unless you own professional flash equipment.
  • Make sure you include an overview of the finished item and detail shots of each pattern feature (stitch patterns, key construction elements).
  • Always edit your pictures!

Picture Editing

Always edit your pictures after taking them. I’m doing a lot of photography, but I didn’t yet manage to take a picture that is perfect as is! Editing may include exposure, contrast, vibrance, white balance and cropping your picture.

  • Reframe (crop) your pictures to get a balanced composition. Your item should be the focus of the image, not the background behind. (Who’s interested in the wallpaper of your apartment?)
  • Adjust exposure, white balance, contrast and clarity. Make your picture stand out of the crowd!
  • Make sure your pictures are clear and in focus. Do not use blurry images! A little bit of blur can be eliminated eventually by picture editing.

Tools For Picture Editing

I’m using Photoshop since version 3, so do not ask me for advice on image editing software if you don’t want to hear “Photoshop, what else” as an answer. A good, free and open source alternative is Gimp.

Exercise: Fine Tune Your Pattern

Go and take some pictures now! Post your pictures on my Facebook page (have you like it yet? If not, please do so!) until Sunday, August 16 to enter the contest to win one of my knitting patterns of your choice!

Go and get some practice now! Creating knitting patterns in easier than you think. You can do it, too!

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How To Create a Knitting Pattern, Day 10: Fine Tuning: Revise & Refine Your Pattern Draft

How To Create a Knitting Pattern: Fine Tuning

Are you a knitter dying to create your own knitting patterns but don’t have a clue where to start? Make yourself comfortable: let’s get you started on my tutorial series on how to create a knitting pattern. Feeling lost? Find the article series overview here!


Welcome to Day 10 of the Knitting Pattern How To series! Today, we are going to talk about fine tuning your new knitting pattern.

How To Create a Knitting Pattern: Fine Tuning

 

What Is Fine Tuning?

Fine tuning is implementing final changes into your pattern. Take all notes and suggestions you got in the process of test knitting and alter your knitting pattern accordingly.

  • Eliminate all pattern errors that have been found in the testing stage.
  • Update your charts and legend, if applicable.
  • Double check if you included all elements needed.
  • Add pictures of the finished item. (We’re going to talk about pattern photography in the next post.)
  • Create a PDF of your pattern. (We talked about tools earlier.)

Exercise: Fine Tune Your Pattern

Go and do fine tuning on your knitting pattern now! Post a comment with your fine tuning story on my Facebook page (have you like it yet? If not, please do so!) until Sunday, August 16 to enter the contest to win one of my knitting patterns of your choice!

Go and get some practice now! Creating knitting patterns in easier than you think. You can do it, too!

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