How To Create a Knitting Pattern, Day 14: Checklist

How To Create Knitting Patterns, Day 14: Checklist

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.

How To Create Knitting Patterns, Day 14: Checklist


Implementing Processes

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. Does the yarn selection match the item? (e.g. no usage of bulky weight warm wool for summer items)
  2. Did you use yarns which are readily available? If not, did you provide alternatives?
  3. Did you knit a swatch?
  4. Does the swatch fabric match the intended use of the pattern?
  5. Do you like the yarn/pattern combination in your swatch?
  6. 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)
  7. Has your pattern been tested exhaustively?
  8. Does your pattern follow your style guide?
  9. Did you use your pattern template?
  10. Are your pattern pictures clear, in focus, and do they show all relevant details?
  11. Is all information needed to knit the item provided in your pattern?
  12. Is your name stated clearly on the pattern?
  13. Are your website/blog and your social network profiles (Twitter, …) stated on the pattern?
  14. Does your pattern provide any information on copyright?
  15. 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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