We have a number of classes at Knit Fit! this year for knitters interested in moving into pattern design. We have a set of classes that work especially well together and arranged the schedule so that an aspiring designer would have time to get a great start all in one go!
The Knit Fit! Designing-and-Publishing 101 weekend looks like this:
Saturday morning: Elements of Hand Knitting Design with Andrea Rangel
A crash course in designing your own projects with attention to stitch patterns, fiber, yarn and the basics of putting it all together to plan a garment. This is a two part class for advanced knitters that continues Sunday afternoon, with homework in between.
Satuday afternoon: Self-Publishing Your Own Knitting Patterns with Lee Meredith
Learn all the basics of self-publishing knitting patterns, from how to create a PDF file to how to go about selling your patterns and promoting yourself to the knitting community. The class will focus mainly on digital self-publishing (selling PDF patterns online).
Saturday evening: Face the age-old student dilemma–homework or beer, pizza, and Game Knitting with Lee Meredith?
Sunday morning: Beginner Pattern Writing with Jen Hagan
For knitters beginning to design on their own, the challenge of writing clear, standardized patterns worthy of indie sale or freelance work can be daunting. This class brings the beginner pattern writer up to speed and instills the confidence a new designer needs to be able to write patterns that will sell and that will keep customers coming back. We’ll cover topics such as what makes a complete pattern, how to make patterns easy to read, and to how to keep patterns concise.
Sunday afternoon: Part 2 of Elements of Hand Knitting Design (see above)
Prefer a la Carte? Check out other options of particular interest to designers:
Color Theory and the Albers Cowl with Ann Weaver
Fashion Forecasting with Cirilia Rose
Inspired Seamless Garments with Kristeen Griffin Grimes
The “OH!” of Math with Shannon and Jason Mullet-Bowlsby (The Shibaguyz)
Sideways Edge Cast-On and Bind-Off with Lee Meredith
Start to Finish: Planning Ahead for Happy Endings with Mary Scott Huff