Course at Paradise Fibres!!

Hello to all you lovely people in Blogger land! I am sceduled to teach a course at Paradise Fibers here in Spokane at the end of February that I would love to tell you about! The course is called Elements of Pattern Writing and includes all the info you will need to write up your patterns in a professional manner that is appropriate for self publishing and Local Yarn Shops, or programs like Knitpick's Independent Designer's Program. Here is the link to Paradise Fibres so you can see ( And sign up.. mwa ha ahaaa) and here is the rundown of the course

Elements of Pattern Writing
With Meghan Jones
Saturday, February 26th at 11am


This is a great new class for creative knitters who have fabulous ideas for patterns but aren't sure how to get them down. Meghan will show you how with this informative class. You will learn everything from how to write the pattern to how to get it published! Meghan Jones has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fibers and Textiles. Originally from Canada she now lives in Spokane with her two amazing daughters, Hubs the Great and her yarn stash. She is a regular contributor to the Knitpick's Independent Designer's Program, has been published in Interweave Knits and Petite Purls and has upcoming designs in both Yarn Forward and Creative Knitting. You can find more of her work at www.littlenutmegproductions.blogspot.com and her Ravelry name is anythingbutsnow.


WRITTEN ELEMENTS

• Basic elements of a pattern: what to include, gauge, pattern notes, materials, etc.

• Importance of complete pattern notes for an inclusive pattern

• Unusual techniques, providing website links and citing book techniques

• Working on a layout style: columns, consistency,

• Creating a Word template to use

• Taking great photos of your projects, and editing

• Remember abbreviations and schematics


DESIGNING AND WRITING THE PATTERN

• Working with Standard measurements, how to find them and make them work for your garment

• Recommended Books and Websites for information

• Calculating gauge and its importance, Calculating sizes

• Written patterns versus abbreviated patterns, charts for cables and lace

• Gauge over pattern, the 10% rule, increases for cables, pulling in with fair isle

• Inserting stitch patterns into silhouettes

• Estimating yardage


Class Exercise; Designing a Scarf, Hat or Mittens: Students will use their new information to design

and write a pattern for a simple scarf, hat or mittens set. Choice will be made by the student

according to the degree of difficulty they feel comfortable working with. Students will be given time

to peruse the store should they desire a new yarn or needles for their project.


POLISHING THE PATTERN

• Importance of tech editors and test knitters

• How to upload to a blog or Ravelry

• How to accept payments for patterns via ravelry, or Payloadz, paypal etc.

• Importance of great Pattern Support



Items needed- Calculator, stitch dictionary if you have one, pencil, scribbler for notes, graph paper, ruler or tape measure, 5 mm needles, 200 yds of worsted weight yarn



Items included- Meghan is including two of her published patterns!





Knitting skills needed- Intermediate knowledge of knitting, be comfortable with Microsoft Word, have access to the internet at home to peruse links provided. This course is not for experienced pattern writers.

Come join us for a lovely morning of knitting and friends.


Snacks will be provided.


On the day of the class participants will receive 10% off any purchases of yarn, fiber and most accessories.

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