Tag Archives: Guest article

“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

Photographing Knitwear – guest blog by Katie Blair Matthews

If you follow our blog/social media accounts for Knitmastery you may have seen this post there. When we received the article from Katie we realised it could be equally useful for designers taking photos for their patterns so with permission from Katie we are sharing it here too. Enjoy! Hello, I am Katie Blair MatthewsContinue Reading

“Moving the Goalposts” – guest post by Kate Atherley

Not all repeats are tidy. I love complicated cable patterns that create all-over cabled fabrics, but there can be some “jiggery pokery” required at the edges of the repeats, to create a seamless effect. For example, look at this cable pattern, taken from Barbara Walker’s book of Charted Knitting Patterns (the yellow one!). Across 28Continue Reading

“There’s Nothing There!” – guest post by Kate Atherley

Stitch patterns with changing stitch counts are probably the most challenging to chart. Stitchmastery offers a flexible tool for handling non-existing stitches: there’s a choice of two symbols (found in the Basic Stitches drawer) – three, really, in that you can actually just have them not there at all. When representing these, there are aContinue Reading

“The Other Side” – guest post by Kate Atherley

A common question when creating charts for complex lace patterns is what to do about the Wrong Side rows. This gets particularly pressing if the chart is worked mostly in garter stitch, as you’re working the same stitches on both sides… so is there a way to simplify the charts to use the same symbolContinue Reading

Annotating repeats – tutorial from Joeli Kelly

Today we have a guest tutorial from Joeli Kelly of www.thewoollyhub.com Today I’m going to show you how to annotate a repeat on the chart. If you don’t know what that means, I’m talking about little numbers that you can put on the chart to represent how many stitches are in long stretches of repeats.Continue Reading

“On Writing Instructions for Using Charts” – guest post by Kate Atherley

As I mentioned in my first column, it’s most knitter-friendly to, where possible, include both written and charted instructions for stitch patterns, when you’re writing up your pattern for publication. But you can’t just paste them both into your pattern, you’ve got to make sure that you’re instructing knitters how to use them. It’s noContinue Reading

“Going Both Ways” – guest post by Kate Atherley

“As a designer, you likely have a strong personal preference as to whether you work from charts or written instructions in a pattern. (And since you’re here, I think I know what the answer is!) Knitters have equally strong feelings, too – and their opinion doesn’t always match yours. Whether a knitter prefers charts orContinue Reading

Editing the key – tutorial from Joeli Kelly

We have a guest post for you today from Joeli of www.joelicreates.com. “In this post we are going to talk about the key and different ways you might want to edit this key. The first thing you might want to do is change one of the entries. I previously showed you in the video aboutContinue Reading