CH 54: Ice Skating

Helen —  December 12, 2014 — 20 Comments

Curious Handmade Podcast ep 54

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The final Knitvent 2014 pattern was released this week, the Ice Skating Scarf ad Wrap.

iCord edging video tutorial by Very Pink Knits

The Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn for the Wrap Version is available from show sponsor Meadow Yarn.

Book Review

I do a review of Kate Atherley’s new Book Pattern Writing for Knit Designers (everything you didn’t know you needed to know)

The ebook is available from Kate’s blog Wise Hilda for US$25

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is designing and writing knitting patterns for hand knitters.

Kate also has a really great Craftsy class – Blocking Handknits with Kate Atherley – I  talked about the topic of blocking on the podcast in Episode 13.

Craftsy Class Blocking Handknits with Kate Atherly

To win this eBook, leave a comment on this post by Tuesday 16 December and let me know why you would like to have a copy of Kate’s book, Pattern Writing for Knit Designers (everything you didn’t know you needed to know)

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20 responses to CH 54: Ice Skating

  1. I’ve really enjoyed the Knitvent patterns and so glad I bought them. Unfortunately I’ve not had time to knit any as I already had my Christmas knits on the go. Definitely next year though. The skating hat is just too cute!

  2. I’d love a copy of this book! As a knitting teacher, I find translating designer instructions to be the main problem many students need help with. Having designed several patterns myself, I would like to be sure I am being as clear and concise as I can in my instructions. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  3. I’d love a copy of Kate’s book because my New Year’s resolution is to try to design at least one thing for myself, and I’m going to need all the tips I can get my hands on!

  4. I would love to win the book about designing. I have several ideas for patterns but have stopped short of writing them up because I don’t know where to go from there. I enjoyed this episode of the podcast particularly well! Best wishes,

    Emily (aka Frickerbasket on Ravelry)

  5. What a nice giveaway. I’ve written a few patterns this year and have to say it is much more difficult than one imagines. Kate’s book would take me to surer footing I think! Thank you, Helen, for your wonderful podcast.

    • I would love love love to win Kate’s pattern writing book, as I am definitely in the budding designer category (my first proper pattern is being tested as I write). I think this book would be really helpful for me to make my patterns clearer, better and more enjoyable to read and knit/crochet.

  6. I’d love the book about pattern writing. I keep having ideas for patterns but would have no idea where to start so this sounds ace!

  7. I would love to win this book! I just published my first pattern on ravelry and am hoping to write up a second shortly after the holidays! This would be a fantastic resource. Thank you! RavID jamadren

  8. What started out as a simple desire to share a sock pattern that I wanted to knit but couldn’t find a pattern for, has grown into a design business. I know there is stuff I haven’t learned and things that I could think about differently, so that’s why I’d love to win this book.
    JavaPurl on Ravelry

  9. Alison aka ATexasYarn on Ravelry December 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Not long after I started knitting, I first started making changes to the patterns I was knitting, then, when I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I came up with my own patterns. That led to my writing up a few of my designs and selling them on Ravelry about a year ago. I have a lot more ideas I’d like to get writing up and published and of course, I want anyone who knits my patterns to feel like they are getting a quality pattern which is why I’d love a copy of this book! Thank you for offering the giveaway!

  10. Thank you for the great giveaway! I would love to win the book because I am in the budding designer category but there are many aspects to designing that I feel clueless in. This book sounds like the perfect resource to solve that problem!

  11. As always, this was a great podcast, Helen! I’ve really enjoyed listening to you talk about all of your Knitvent patterns, and it was fun to hear a little “inside baseball” about why you named your latest pattern “ice skating.”

    The designer book sounds like an incredible resource for designers — both novice and experienced. I would love to win a copy of the book because I have a few design ideas rolling around in my head. I bet this book would help me pull the ideas out of my head and self-published in a Ravelry shop. I’ve never designed anything, and would absolutely love to try my hand at a few ideas I have.

  12. I love knitting and maths, therefore I might enjoy designing as well. Although I would never make such beaufiful patterns as Helen.

  13. I nurse a dream of starting to design patterns. I plan to start with socks and later, if I dare, sweaters or cardigans.

    This book would give me a boost to finally publish the pattern I’ve started.

    Thank you for a fantastic episode! 😀

  14. “Pattern Writing for Knit Designers ” sounds very useful! I generally re-write patterns as I knit them and would benefit from Kate’s experience. I haven’t published a pattern yet but hope to do so before too long.

  15. I’ve dreamed about designing patterns for some time now and would love a resource book to help me take that plunge! 🙂

  16. I have been wanting to create knitting patterns for a while but did not know where to start. This book seems to be the ideal starting place.

  17. Just listened to your podcast in the train.
    I am in the middle of reviewing my patterns and I am trying hard to improve. The book would come so handy to me just now. I hope Fortuna is with me and lets me win the book. Sounds great!
    Thanks for your podcast anyway;) Love it.

  18. I’d love a copy just because it would help me record my own design decisions in an understandable format. Then when it came time to knit the second mitten, sock etc. or to re-knit an old favourite, I could replicate the original exactly instead of trying to puzzle out my cryptic scrawls.

  19. As an aspiring designer, I’d love to have a copy of this book!

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