Category Archives: Tutorial

“Grading pattern repeats for garments and larger projects” – guest article by Kate Atherley

In a previous column, I talked about ways to place and size pattern repeats for small projects like mittens. But of course, pattern stitches are often used in garments too. There are three key differences when designing garments: you’ve got more stitches and therefore a larger canvas, different parts of the garment are more (orContinue Reading

“Customising the Written Instructions” – a guest post by Kate Atherley

One of my absolute favourite features of Stitchmastery is the ability to generate written instructions for charts. After all, not every knitter likes working from charts, and it’s good for a designer to provide the option of working another way. Every designer has their own style sheet, their own format for instructions, things like whetherContinue Reading

“Grading + Pattern Repeats” – a guest post by Kate Atherley

This lesson is little different than some of the others I’ve written: this one is designed to share a little less about how I use Stitchmastery and provide more of an insight into the design process itself. A problem that designers often struggle with – and one that you may well have encountered yourself withContinue Reading

“On Short Rows” – a guest post by Kate Atherley

Short rows are an incredibly useful technique in knitting. They’re used to create curves, change stripes, turn corners and add bust shaping. Although simple in principle, they add a fair degree of complication to pattern instructions, and can be a particular challenge when building them into charted patterns. Stichmastery makes the key element of dealingContinue Reading

Customising the appearance of your stitches in Stitchmastery Version 3

This video explains the new method of customising stitches in Stitchmastery Version 3. If you’ve never created a User Library in Stitchmastery or need more help with the technical side of customising stitches (eg considering how much a stitch consumes and produces, and what the wrong side version should be) read the “Viewing and EditingContinue Reading

Creating your own User Stitch Libraries in Stitchmastery Version 3

  This video explains how to create your own user stitch library in Stitchmastery Version 3. Stitchmastery comes pre-loaded with two default Stitchmastery libraries (also available in German and Danish) which contain many stitches. As you may know, it is not possible to edit these default libraries, so if you want to customise the appearanceContinue Reading

“On Untidy Row Repeats” – guest blog by Kate Atherley

In my last column, I talked about finding stitch repeats to collapse large charts.  In that situation, there was only one basic pattern motif being worked, and so there was a straightforward solution for reducing the charts. If you have more than one distinct motif, it can get a bit more challenging. I recently designedContinue Reading

“Getting Bigger” – guest post by Kate Atherley

My last couple of columns have been all about dealing with repeats. In this column, I want to talk about finding them, to make your life much easier. A designer posted a terrific question in the Stitchmastery Ravelry forum, about how to create the chart for a triangular shawl. She said that it was takingContinue Reading

“Charting Smocking Patterns” — guest post by Karen Butler

We’re delighted to bring you a guest post from designer and tech editor Karen Butler all about using Stitchmastery to customise stitches when chart smocking patterns. We hope you find it useful and inspiring for the start of a new year! UPDATE April 2018 – Stitchmastery Version 3 has been released and features new toolsContinue Reading

“Moving the Goalposts Part 2” – guest post by Kate Atherley

In my last column I talked about repeats with shifting borders. In this one, I want to focus on a very special case of that situation – repeats worked in the round where they cross over the start of the round. I love designing socks with all-over cables. And in particular it pleases me immenselyContinue Reading