Here are some internet resources for knitting designers. This list is always being updated, so contact me if you don’t see something you need.
General Knitting Design Instruction and Tutorials
Marnie MacLean has extensive tutorials on using different software for designing.
Aroha Knits helps knitters realize their designing dreams: I’m a Yarn Alchemist!
Joeli Kelly offers an 6-week online course called Designer Bootcamp that guides you from ideas to published design.
L Knits has multiple resources on developing your business as a Knitwear Designer.
Aroha Knits has a Resource Collection for Knitwear Designers.
kerri knits studio has a Knit Design Worksheet that includes checklists for designing and launching.
Standard Measurements – Size Charts
Extensive knitting size charts for men, women, and children including standards for ease: www.KnitItNow.com
Children’s size charts for a variety of clothes and apparel: www.childrenssizechart.com
Eileen Casey’s tables of standard measurements: www.eileencaseycreations.com
Craft Yarn Council’s standard body measurements: www.craftyarncouncil.com
Jill Wolcott developed these sizing charts based on years of experience in the clothing industry.
WoollyWormhead on hat sizing: www.woollywormhead.com/sizing
Children’s hat sizing: www.tottoppers.com/sizing/
Ysolda Teague has published an extensive sizing chart for women.
Aroha Knits offers a free guide on pattern writing.
Slippedstitches has a series of articles on how to write good knitting patterns.
This Knitty article from 2004 explains the pitfalls of bad pattern writing.
Two ways to calculate yarn requirements by Kristen TenDyke.
Print your own knitting graph paper.
I really enjoy using Stitchmastery to generate charts, it is worth the cost and only takes a short amount of time to learn.
When I want to make a smallish chart on my tablet, I use Pattern Genius.
Don’t want to deal with building a chart at all? I can do that for you.
Marnie MacLean has a fabulous series of tutorials on how to use Excel to write multi-sized patterns.
Jill Wolcott runs a three-level grading course with certification options.
Frenchroastdesign.com has an Armscye Calculator.
Knitty has a series of articles about sleeves starting here.
Bygumbygolly.com wrote an excellent blog post on calculating a set-in sleeve.
Fantastic article on designing a set-in sleeve at Interweave.com
Woolly Wormhead has a Master Class on crown shaping.
Gimp is a free, open-source image editor and is highly rated.
I use Canva.com all the time for creating social media graphics and documents. It is free and fantastic.
Is your PDF size too large? Compress it with smallpdf.com, and while you are at it, you can lock it, merge it, or turn it into another type of file.
Need a free alternative to MS Publisher or InDesign? Try LucidPress.