What makes a good knitting pattern? Part 2

To see part 1 of this series please click here

So this part of the series is all about the information before the pattern even starts. The stuff that needs to be available for someone to make the item. There doesn’t seem to be any specific order in which you need to show these and I haven’t worked out what order I prefer it in which seems to be the best way. I would just make sure how you lay it out in one pattern is the same in all your patterns to make it consistent, but I believe all this information should be in some way in the pattern.

Yarn Information – This is one of the most important pieces of information. What yarn did you use for the sample, what quantity do I need in yardage and weight? Also what colourway was your sample done in (If I wanted to make an exact copy!). What is the yarn made of is it a cotton, a 100% merino yarn or is a blend? Why did you use this specific yarn, if you used cotton is it because you are making a summer item, or do you want a certain drape. Could any yarn work, or does it need to be a smooth yarn to give good stitch definition? Tell me how I should select my yarn.

Needles – Tell me what needles you used throughout. Do I need circulars, dpns, or straights? If I’m using circulars how long should my circulars be?

Gauge – This should always be a 4”/10cm swatch at the very least. You can and should knit a bigger swatch then the 4” swatch as you will be able to accurately measure your swatch. What stitch pattern should they use to make the swatch and which needles should they be using. Generally, it is a good idea to do this in the stitch pattern that you are going to use. Then they will be able to see what it looks like and see if they are happy with the finished fabric and also they will be able to test the stitch.

Notions – What notions and tools do you use in your pattern? How many of each do you need? If you include stitch markers in the notions do you mention them in your pattern? Are they an optional extra if so suggest how someone could use them.

Finished measurements of the piece – So the maker can measure the piece and see what size they should be blocking the item out too. This helps them decided which size that they need to be making (as you should be adding some information about suggested ease – even if you suggest what the ease was in the sample made that was photoed).

Finished body measurements – For any item that is worn you should include what size the item is for. This means that someone can choose easily what size they wish to make, alongside knowing the finished measurements of the piece they can decide if they want to make it more or less baggy than you had planned.

Pattern Notes – This where you should put any useful information. Do you make any suggestions that would be helpful to the maker? Do you suggest that they do a certain technique? How do they go about it, where should I find the information. Can you alter your pattern, how do you suggest I do it? Is there a best yarn choice? You could explain more here.

Schematic – I believe especially with garments that you should always include a schematic. This would mean that you can include all the measurements on the top. Like how big is the armhole, shoulders? How long is the garment? etc. Remember, people are different sizes and some people will use the schematic to change up the piece so that they can make it fit them better or how they prefer it to look. I offer to make schematics as a service as I want you to have something useful for your pattern. So, if you need a schematic send me a message and we can chat about what you need and how you want it to look.

If you feel that I could help you with checking your pattern please feel free to contact me and we can talk about what you would like and need.

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