Designer Resources

Are you a knitwear designer, or design-curious?

When I first started designing, grading, publishing, marketing and building a career around my handknits, I was overwhelmed.

But here's what I know - designers are the scrappy, self-taught, do-it-yourself types. They have to be, but it's also who they are.

Here, I've gathered some of my the key resources I tap regularly, and a few I relied on when I was new. I hope this round-up is useful for you!

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Design Project Tracker

It's a lot of work to take a design from sketch to launch. Work smarter, not longer, with a single document that helps you capture critical information at each step.

Use the Tracker to:

  • Identify your customer and their needs

  • Clarify any partnerships and set goals

  • Detail your timeline

  • Write and schedule content

  • Set launch goals

  • Organize your key links & hashtags

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Books

Knitting and Grading Books

  • The Principles of Knitting, June Hemmons Hiatt

  • Ultimate Sweater Book, Amy Herzog

  • Finishing School, Deborah Newton

  • The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting, Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

  • Knitwear Design Workshop, Shirley Paden

  • Little Red in the City, Ysolda Teague

Business and Marketing for Knitwear Designers

  • Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, Ann Handley

  • Ogilvy on Advertising, David Ogilvy

  • Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life, Rory Sutherland

  • The Copywriter's Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sells (4th Edition), Robert W Bly

  • The One Hour Content Plan: The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Ideas in 60 Minutes and Creating Content That Hooks and Sells, Meera Kothland