Has all this talk of designing made your brain feel itchy with ideas but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? These three resources have proven really, really helpful to me in the past year since I started publishing designs:
- Lace Shawl Design – a Craftsy class by Miriam Felton. This is a fantastic resource. So thorough. I love that I can watch and rewatch these lessons. I think I first bought it 3 years ago and I’ve watched it 3 or 4 times as I wanted to get certain ideas set in my head.
- “Forming Shawls and their Charts” by Frenchie of Aroha Knits. This eBook is a really useful resource. There are 15 shawls shapes. The basic formula for creating each shape is explained and you also get a chart that helps you visualize the shape of the work, and that you can use to set your designs into. As well, Frenchie gives really good tips for how to integrate stitch patterns into your shawl and work some of the math.
- I also can’t say enough about Kate Atherley’s book “A Beginner’s Guide to Pattern Writing” on how to write patterns. It is such a clear, thorough, and thoughtful book on how to write clear, useful patterns that knitters will be happy to knit.