Designing your own knitwear starts with adding fancy stitches to basic patterns you can already knit. You can also find inspiration from an idea you see in your head but can't find anywhere, like this knit clock.


Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Stitch Patterns

Designing ribbing to fit cable design socks Cookie A square 1By Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts / March 25, 2011 / 9 Comments

Sock designer Cookie A.’s tips for modifying stitch patterns for your own designs. Especially helpful when adding a cable design to a sock or anything with ribbing. I can’t wait to try this tip on my next cable-design pattern!

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Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Adding Stitch-Patterns to Socks

Cabled socks by Cookie A square cropBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts, Lace, Socks, Top-Down Socks / April 1, 2011 / 4 Comments

Three professional tips for adding cables, lace, or other stitch-patterns to your socks, including combining multiple stitch patterns, checking to see if the socks will come out too big or too small, and heel-flap design tips.

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Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Intuitive Chart-Reading

Knit Symbols workshop with Cookie A squareBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Charts, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts / March 8, 2011 / No Comments

Guest blogger Alex Capshaw-Taylor attended world-famous sock-designer Cookie A.’s workshop, and, in a three-part guest blog series, shares with us her biggest takeaways. Here, what she learned about intuitively reading knitting charts.

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Recommended Book: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker

Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Barbara Walker is the most creative mind of the century when it comes to inventing stitch patterns and designs.

Any of her four Knitting Pattern Treasuries are a worthwhile investment for when you are designing something on your own.

Buy A Treasury of Knitting Patterns online


Recommended Book: Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl by Erika Knight (editor)

Interweave Press has put together a gorgeous stitch-pattern book that you can use to add pattern and texture to anything you are knitting.

You’ll get really good at reading a pattern and recognizing what your stitches look like if you experiment with the stitch-patterns in this book.

Buy Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl online


Recommended Book: Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets by Erika Knight (editor)

A beautifully-photographed masterpiece with 250 lace patterns to incorporate into your projects. You will learn so much and exercise your creativity when you add these lace patterns to your designs.

Buy Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets online


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