Writing Patterns for Sock Designers (hands-on workshop)

Writing Patterns for Sock Designers (hands-on workshop) 1


25 students max

Materials: Pencil and pen, graph paper, calculator, basic knitting stitch library (optional), eye glasses or magnifier (if you need them for close work), a pair of hand-knitted socks (would be great if you designed them yourself)

Experience: Advanced, need to know how to knit with double-pointed needles, and be familiar with at least one type of sock heel and toe construction


The heart of how-to writing is the step-by-step instructions for completing a task. Writing instructions is not difficult, but it does require attention to detail. General guidelines for good writing apply to writing instructions and the techniques of technical writing, usually focused on computer or software manuals, also apply to writing low-tech instructions such as knitting patterns. In this class we will discuss the architecture of a knitting pattern, compare the parts of a pattern to the parts of a sock, and learn how to write instructions from looking at a finished object. Working in pairs, we will examine a sample sock and draft a sock pattern. We will then trade socks and patterns with another team and learn about tech editing, one of the most important keys to publishing accurate knitting patterns. We will also discuss test knitting, but will not have time to test knit our patterns in class.

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