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!

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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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Test Knitters Wanted: Gradient Vortex Shawl

test knitters wanted for the gradient vortex

Test Knitters Wanted: The Gradient Vortex Shawl is up for test knitting!

The testing will be done in the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry. In case you’d like to test this pattern, please sign up in this thread:

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/free-pattern-testers/topics/3246906

Introductory Note(s): Gradient Vortex is an adjustable shawl worked bottom up, starting with a few body stitches only and increasing width as you knit. The vortex shape is achieved by asymmetrical increases.

Other craft(s) required, if any: none.
Target Number of Testers: 5
Approximate Hours to Complete: 8
Deadline: August 15th, 2015
Is the deadline flexible? (Yes/No)
 Yes
Tools: US 2 1/2 (3.5mm) circular needles, 60 cm (24 inches) or longer; 2 stitch markers, darning needle
Materials: Any fingering weight yarn, approximately 500 meters. Gradient yarns preferred but not mandatory. Yarn used in the sample shawl: Schachenmayr Tahiti
Difficulty: Intermediate. Used stitches: k, p, YO, YO (3x), k2tog.
Pattern format(s): (.doc, .pdf. Ravelry library, etc.)
 PDF
Pattern Style: (Chart, abbreviated, full) written instructions (full), no charts

Inexperienced testers accepted? (Yes/No) Yes
Inexperienced crafters accepted? (Yes/No) No
Digital photo of FO required? (Yes/No) No

Testing needs: Pattern needs to be tested for errors and clarity of the written instructions. I would rate the pattern as intermediate and would like to know if testers agree on this or find it more difficult, or even easier.

test knitters wanted: gradient vortex

Thank you!

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