This book is the culmination of Kate Atherley's work as a a technical editor and her previous career as a product communications specialist in the technology industry.
The book is a guide to writing knitting patterns: how to translate your great knitting project into a set of instructions that any other knitter can follow.
- What information needs to be included in a knitting pattern
- How to properly and clearly communicate sizing and measurement information
- What schematics are, why you need them, and how to create them
- How to use charts and written instructions to express special pattern stitches like cables and lace
- Stitch nomenclature (especially related to cables), abbreviations, and glossaries -how to handle multiple sizes and versions
- Use of brackets and * to indicate repeats
- How to establish a personal style sheet
- Technical editing and test knitting - what they are, why they're important, and when they need to be done
- Tips for designers who wish to self-publish and those preparing submission to a publication
In addition, Kate provides two key resources: a master template – both in printed and digital form – and a master glossary and abbreviations list.