We want to knit your design exactly as you envisioned it. We really don’t want to interpret what we think it should be, or what we think you meant, we would prefer that you tell us exactly what you are looking for from the beginning.
Sounds overwhelming or intimidating? It isn’t! Once you get started, you will find that communicating your design is actually a rather simple and straightforward process. The key to getting the finished object to come out the way you want it is by providing clear and accurate direction. Here is what we need:
- Schematic – the schematic is the blueprint for your design. It should have scale drawings with measurements of each piece of your garment. Please only include measurements for the sample size to be knit on the schematic to avoid possible errors. Always make sure your name and the working name of the item is on each page included.
- Sketch — a sketch of the finished design helps us to accurately interpret your vision. The sketch should include notes about design element placement, proportions, and any other important details the knitters should know. Measurements are not necessary on the design sketch, as we will take them from the schematic.
- Swatches — Swatches are an invaluable tool for communicating the details of your design. We highly recommend sending swatches with written design direction to help our knitters see exactly what you have in mind. Swatches should be tagged with your name, item description and a reference to how it relates to your sketch, pattern notes, and/or schematic description.
- While a gauge swatch is not required, it is a good idea to include one. From the gauge swatch your knitter will be able to make sure that she is knitting the same gauge. Gauge information should always be provided on the design form as well.
- Pattern swatch — If you are using a complicated or innovative stitch pattern it is always advisable to provide a pattern swatch along with the stitch directions. Generally one complete repeat of the desired stitch pattern will do.
- Pattern Notes — The pattern notes is where you describe for us exactly what you want us to knit, and how you want us to knit it. Give us written details about stitch patterns and pattern placement, design elements, shaping, finishing details, and anything else we need to know to knit your design exactly as you see it. The pattern notes section should be detailed and laid out in such a way that it communicates your design without being confusing. Using a lettering system that references your sketch and schematic is helpful.
We are always happy to help you review your pattern notes prior to submission in order to make the ordering process as simple as possible, and to note any potential difficulties that may require additional explanation.
What is the next step? Do you need yarn? Please take a look at our information regarding yarn sourcing. We have put together a list of resources to help you find the perfect yarn to produce your knitwear design. We also have a list of questions to help you begin working with yarn companies to produce your knitwear collection.
Are you ready to begin producing your collection? Contact us via our consultation form. We will review your project and give you a call to discuss the details. Once we understand your needs we can provide an accurate quotation that includes both price and time estimates. If you agree, you send in your yarn and design and we get to work. It is really that simple. And it leaves you time to do what you do best — design!