The path to a first completed design is longer than one would think, but I’m enjoying the journey. It is so much more than simply moving from idea, to calculations, to a finished piece. There are considerations and decisions regarding terminology, copyright, style and pattern layout. The brilliant Shannon Okey aka KNITGRRL makes it easier. Her book, The KNITGRRL Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, offers pragmatic and honest advice to a novice designer.
The opening chapters on professionalism and social media are relevant to any career. Okey often cites other websites, so it is a good idea to read this book with a computer or iPad nearby. You’ll note from the above photo that I also have a highlighter (hoping my book-loving spouse doesn’t see that) and lots of post-its. The last chapter is a series of interviews with an incredibly wide variety of designers, including some of my favourites – Kay Gardiner and Ann Shaye, Kira Dulaney and Ysolda Teague.
Thanks, Shannon, for writing this fantastic reference book! One of the things that I love and appreciate about the knitting community is the willingness to share information and knowledge.