Do you have ideas for patterns but find it difficult to write instructions? Have you published patterns online and spend a lot of time explaining your instructions? Or maybe you have tried submitting your ideas to magazines and found the process really tough? This is the class for you.
Bring your own pattern drafts or self-published patterns to the class where experienced technical editor and published designer Karie Westermann will guide you. Together you will go through the creative process of writing down your ideas, formatting it to industry standard and getting it published. You will learn about style sheets, how to work together with technical editors and test knitters (and what the difference is!), and how to write concise, well-written patterns. Karie will also offer personal advice on how to pitch your pattern ideas to editors and how to build a design portfolio.
Please note this is not a class for aesthetic discussions but a practical guide to writing patterns that knitters will love to knit!
Skills focus: General technical writing skills
How to build and use a style sheet
How to identify and then write for an audience
How to work with other people as part of the writing process
Skills needed: Basic understanding of knitting terms in English (UK or US)
Knowing how to follow a knitting pattern
Materials to bring: One pattern draft or self-published pattern (this must be your own work!)
The swatch or object your pattern is based upon.
Pen and paper
- This class is sold out. We have a general waiting list which you can join: we'll email you whenever any places open up in a previously-full class. You only need to sign up once. JOIN WAITING LIST