What’s in a pattern?

At the end of last year there was some chatter online about what information would be most helpful in a knitting patterns; in this case it was including the yardage needed to make each size. This wasn’t something that I had included in the past, but as someone who encourages people to use what they have, or what they can afford, then I could see how this information would be of great benefit when substituting yarn.

So, over the past few weeks I have been going through all my patterns and including, where possible, the amount of yarn needed to make that item. I think there are now only two patterns (Close to Home and Spring Dawn) that don’t include this information as I have given the items away as gifts and, of course, I didn’t write down the information I needed before giving them away! But the number of skeins/ balls needed is still there to guide you. All future patterns will now include this information as standard.

All my patterns now include the following information:

  • The name of the yarn I used for the sample
  • How much of that yarn it should take to knit each size
  • The gauge needed to get the right fit
  • The range of sizes
  • The final measurements for each size when finished
  • What size and type of needles you will need
  • Any additional notions required
  • Schematic
  • List of abbreviations used in the pattern
  • Any notes or links to information that will help you knit the pattern
  • Full written instructions and/or charts
  • Blocking instructions

When you purchase a pattern through my design page you will also receive a low-vision copy as part of your download. This version uses:

  • The same font and size throughout. Arial, 22pt
  • Black text throughout
  • No italics
  • Full written instructions. If charts were included in the original pattern then they will be included here too at a larger scale, but you will not require them to complete the pattern.

Unfortunately, LoveCrafts does not allow me to upload more than one PDF so I am unable to offer a low-vision version on there at this time.

If you would like to find out more about my patterns you can find further answers on my FAQ page.

Can’t find the answer you are looking for? Get in touch and I will do my best to answer it for you!

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