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How to Be a Knitting Designer

by Rebecca Gilbert, studioD

Becoming a knitting designer takes a love of knitting and the ability to create new designs without another designer's pattern. Creating an original pattern makes you a knitting designer. While a basic pattern may start your design, the designer makes it unique. The choice of yarn type, colors, and the addition of embellishments takes a simple design to the next level. A knitting designer knows how to market and sell their original works.

Write down your original pattern as you complete it. Your pattern chart -- with yarn type, brand, colors, and knitting needle size -- begins your knitting design career. As your library of written patterns increases, the better your chances are of selling one.

Photograph your completed knitting project. Most knitting magazine submissions require the written pattern and a photograph. If selling your original design on a website, such as Etsy or Ravelry, the photo helps other knitters see how the finished product should look.

Write a biography about your experience knitting, creating patterns, and other knitting-related facts. Share something interesting about yourself. Include this information with your magazine submission, or on your website.

Send your design to the knitting magazine of your choice and wait for the acceptance or rejection letter. If you decide to use a website to promote and sell your patterns, upload and list your original designs for people to purchase.

Items you will need
  •  Pen or Pencil
  •  Pattern chart
  •  Photo of completed design


  • If a magazine rejects a pattern, don't get discouraged. Submit the project to another publication. Follow submission guidelines carefully to increase your chances of publication.


  • Using other designers' patterns and passing them off as your own is theft.

About the Author

Rebecca Gilbert began writing and transcribing in 2003. In 2007, she started a resume-writing company. She earned an associate degree in sociology from Pima College and a bachelor's degree in communications at University of Wisconsin. Gilbert also does tech support for a major technology company and volunteers locally teaching job-seeking skills.

Photo Credits

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