At our May meeting, Yarn Club enjoyed a great discussion with Lori Law of Oceanwind Knits about the ins & outs of knitwear design and pattern publication. Here are the resources Lori shared with us after her talk:
Stitch pattern ‘dictionaries’ are the backbone of knitting design.
Books I use regularly :
- Ann Budd’s “Handy Books”
- Sock books by Cookie A have very good technical information for building sock designs.
- Shirley Paden’s “Knitwear Design Workshop” (although I have yet to actually publish a sweater pattern, I will one day. :))
Ravelry has some designer group forums which are always interesting to follow.
I keep multiple spreadsheets of general sizing information which I can transfer into designs. (I do not know where precisely I retrieved all of this sizing from, I gathered it via Google over many years).