In the past few years, I’ve noticed that I began modifying the patterns I was knitting more and more. Then I wrote out a pattern from scratch because I couldn’t find one that fit my needs at the time.
Though I still consider myself a novice designer (I’ve had no formal training), I have noticed some attributes of the knitting process and knitted fabric that inform both how I select patterns from other designers, and how I develop my own ideas.
Sarah’s personal projects page on Ravelry
Resources for aspiring designers:
Alterknit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel
Charts for Color Knitting by Alice Starmore
Creative Quest by Ahmir Questlove Thompson
Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook by Felicity Ford
Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd
Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy
Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Standard Body Measurements from The Craft Yarn Council
Treasury of Knitting Patterns series by Barbara Walker
Workshops and design consulting from Aroha Knits, aka Francoise Danoy