The result is a bespoke knitting yarn called Wooli, which is a mix of rainbow of factory remnant fibres of wool, alpaca, cashmere, silk and possum. Knitting is a rewarding hobby. Sustainability Finding a sustainable solution to the knitting yarn product was difficult, in that yarn is a heavily industrialised process and requires large volume production. Cecelia began experimenting with new ways to create fabric when flying on business trips. Utilising her knowledge of the characteristics of a knitted textile, she offers adventurous solutions to constructing a garment, working with the pliability and drape of the knitted fabric. The further originality to this design exercise is the modular building activity in the project. She now divides her time between Sweden and America, giving workshops and lectures at trade shows and retreats and marketing her yarn line, Heaven's Hand.
As you work, update the pattern regularly when you spot any errors or notice instructions that need more clarity. You are essentially your first test knitter! Once you have completed the sample, take a few simple photos and add them to your pattern. Whilst they are not the final photos, you can show them to your test knitters as a guide.
You can download and read online Publish Knitting Patterns in Print and Online file PDF Book only if you are registered here. And also you can download or. How many of you have wanted to design your own knitting patterns, but when you sat What I discovered is that there are very few resources online to help new designers who want to publish knitting patterns in multiple sizes. one of my knitting patterns in print - on the cover of Laine magazine, no less!
For many designers, test knitting and tech editing are interchangeable. Some do the test knitting first; some do the tech editing first. I have learnt from experience that it is sensible to have two test knitters per size for every pattern. One of your test knitters might have to drop out for some reason, so having two per size is a great backup.
And of course, the more lovely FOs on your Ravelry pattern page, the more patterns you are likely to sell when you publish it! Most of the time, I can find everyone I need on there or through Instagram.
I love to hold my test knits on Google Docs. All of my test knitters are given a link to the live document and the ability to leave comments on any part of the pattern.
This means that everyone has immediate access to the most up-to-date version of the pattern and can see if someone else has already commented on an error they have spotted too. I also use Slack for test knits. This is where we can chat amongst ourselves about the pattern and share progress photos. It helps to build a community around your test knit and is a lot less confusing than email threads.
I have heard that some designers used Facebook groups for the same purpose. It is a good idea to give your test knitters a firm deadline to ensure that everyone completes their project on time. I tend to give approximately 4 weeks for accessories and 6 weeks for garments, depending on how time-consuming they are to knit. Towards the end of the test knit, send your knitters a survey to get their final feedback on the pattern. As I mentioned earlier, tech editing can come before test knitting, but whenever I self-publish patterns, I prefer to have them tech edited after test knitting.
When you submit patterns to magazines, they will provide you with a tech editor that knows their style guidelines back-to-front. However, when you self-publish, you will need to find your own. I was lucky enough to find my tech editor, Nathalie, by chance.
We were friends on Instagram and she offered to test knit my first pattern. It turns out that she works as an editor by day and she has tech edited all of my self-published patterns ever since! When my pattern is ready for editing, I share the Google Doc link with Nathalie and she leaves comments on any errors or areas of confusion for me to clear up. The pattern is now ready for release! Next month, I will be sharing an overview of the final steps in this process: releasing and publicising your new knitting pattern! This stage is just as important as any of the other stages.
As wonderful as it is to create a beautiful knitting pattern, knitters have to know about it in order to buy it! In the comments section, let me know: What do you struggle with most when it comes to the technical side of designing knitting patterns? Is there anything holding you back?
Be as specific as you can. I plan to go DEEP into the nuts and bolts of technical design in blog posts throughout , so there is a big chance that I will write a blog post helping you to solve that problem.
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We take knitting seriously and want articles that do the same. You can email these submissions to the magazine editor, and you can also contact her with any submission-related questions. A proposal. For shorter submissions, such as a one-page story on fashion trends, a brief description will do.
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Editors often rename projects too. Neither you nor your sample knitter should post pictures on Ravelry or other social media until the magazine comes out. Initially, just the magazine editor. Once editors have selected content for a given issue, they and other people schedule, select, or otherwise arrange for:. Now you can see why it takes so long to produce a magazine from submission call to press day.
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