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The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook


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Kristina McGrath is an expert knitting tech editor and business owner who has worked with over 75 designers as well as multiple yarn companies. She shares articles on her website about pattern writing, tech editing, and design for knitting designers and cohosts Tech Tip Talk with Sarah Walworth. Together they have edited over 1500 knitting patterns. She can be found online at www.kristinamcgrath.com. Sarah Walworth is the owner of the Tech Editor Hub (www.thetecheditorhub.com), which offers online courses for fiber designers and technical editors. Since 2016, she has worked with more than 80 independent knitwear designers and yarn companies. She is active in her local knitting guild in Dallas and teaches knitting classes at a local yarn shop, and cohosts Tech Tip Talk with Kristina McGrath. Together they have edited over 1,500 knitting patterns. She can be found online at www.sarahwalworth.com.


"The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook covers all aspects of writing a good pattern, from developing a style sheet or writing instructions in a consistent manner (in text, by the schematic, or through charts), to working with a tech editor and addressing sizing issues. Clearly written and comprehensive in scope, I wish I had had this book when I began to design."--Beth Brown-Reinsel, author of Knitting Ganseys

"I wish I had this as a resource when I first started designing knitwear. The checklists for consistency when writing patterns are a necessity, and the grading information for accurate sizing over multiple silhouettes is invaluable. I plan to keep a copy in my design library... and you should too!"--Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs

"If there's one thing I've learned, it's to always listen to my tech editors. It's easy when everything is so well explained! The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook should be required reading for all aspiring pattern designers; not just for the technical information about laying out your patterns with consistency and clarity, but for the included question and answer sessions in each chapter, where the authors dive into all the things you've wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)!"--Hannah Thiessen Howard, Author of Slow Knitting & Seasonal Slow Knitting

"In The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook, Kristina and Sarah take the mystery out of how to write a knitting pattern. They offer new designers wise, experienced advice on how to avoid the most common designer pitfalls. This is the book I want all my tech-edit clients to read. Save yourself time, money and headaches by reading The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook before you start your next knitting pattern!"--Edie Eckman, knit and crochet designer and author

"This much needed guide is filled with industry secrets and standards, making it invaluable to new and experienced knitwear designers alike. I cannot wait to share this book with my design students!"--Safiyyah Talley, author of Knit 2 Socks in 1

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