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 14 of the Knitting Pattern How To series! Today, we are creating a knitting pattern checklist and walk through it step by step.
In the last post in this series, I talked about proven processes in the creation, testing and publication stages of knitting pattern creation and the importance to define and follow these processes. The ultimate goal are error-free knitting patterns, and implementing processes helps us achieving it. So what we are going to do is creating a checklist to follow during the creation of knitting patterns as an implementation of these processes.
The check lists are actually two: one general one to implement before you create the first pattern, and one applicable for each single knitting pattern you create.
Checklist I: The General Checklist
- Create your own knitting pattern template.
- Using the post on Knitting Pattern Templates (day 12 of this series) as a basis, implement your own knitting pattern template.
- You might want to create one template for each item category. A pattern template for a shawl has different sections than one for a sweater, for instance.
- Create an empty template with your favorite software and use it for each and every pattern from now on.
- Don’t limit yourself to a static template: in case your template turns out to be incomplete or otherwise not ideal, improve it as necessary. Listen to your customers and their suggestions.
- Create a style guide.
- Decide which font(s) and font sizes to be used.
- Define a set of colors (also called a color scheme, or palette) to be used in your patterns. Colored section headers are a good way to a clearly structured pattern, for instance.
- Agree on abbreviations to be used.
- Define common knitting pattern elements (e.g., listing of yarns to be used) to include.
Checklist II: Knitting Pattern Creation
- Does the yarn selection match the item? (e.g. no usage of bulky weight warm wool for summer items)
- Did you use yarns which are readily available? If not, did you provide alternatives?
- Did you knit a swatch?
- Does the swatch fabric match the intended use of the pattern?
- Do you like the yarn/pattern combination in your swatch?
- Did you knit a swatch big enough to make sure you get your math right? (If your swatch is too small, rounding errors might pile up)
- Has your pattern been tested exhaustively?
- Does your pattern follow your style guide?
- Did you use your pattern template?
- Are your pattern pictures clear, in focus, and do they show all relevant details?
- Is all information needed to knit the item provided in your pattern?
- Is your name stated clearly on the pattern?
- Are your website/blog and your social network profiles (Twitter, …) stated on the pattern?
- Does your pattern provide any information on copyright?
- Did you provide a short bio and eventually a picture of yourself?
I’m sure there is more – I always keep forgetting important bits and pieces. Tell me if you find something or have a suggestion!
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