Monday, 25 May 2015

What is a KnitWear Designer?

In the next few days, 2 of my knitwear designs will be published in the UK Knitting magazine KnitNow. Whilst I'm super super excited about this, at the moment I can't tell you much about what the patterns are. :(

In the meantime I thought I'd share with you my thoughts about "what is a Knitwear designer" . I have no qualifications in this area, no training as such, so does this make my designs just a one off, just a bit of luck or is this the start of my designing career?

I  (and have been doing for a few years now) design and develop knitted clothing, accessories and soft furnishings which I sell in my Etsy shop and my own web site, so I already have the background skills and experience necessary to become a fully fledged designer haven't I?
Stole Sketch

To get a knitting magazine to like my ideas up front I had to send in my initial thoughts. 

This included sketching my designs, swatching (ie knitting a small piece of the design), coming up with ideas on which yarns (thickness , qualities etc) to use and writing a piece on how the idea fitted the theme the magazine had chosen for that issue. 

I think a knitting magazine will be looking for certain qualities, something that shows them that this idea will come to fruition. I think they will be looking for someone who 

  • Has an interest in fashion and trends
  • Has a creative eye
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has an appreciation of shape, proportion and human anatomy
  • Draws and show design ideas effectively
  • Has skills and experience in knitting in general
  • Has a good knowledge of yarn qualities and types 
And its not all plain sailing. Just because you are good at designing doesn't mean your designs are going to be immediately picked up by a magazine and used.  Your design will have to fit in with the theme of the magazine and will have to feel right alongside the other patterns, features and articles in the magazine. 

So, do you think I have what it takes to be a KnitWear Designer? Will you see my knits in more magazines? ...........

come back and see what happens


  1. Yay for getting into magazines! I'm so excited for you! :) Can't wait to see them.

  2. Well done. Looking forward to getting a copy and yes, you ARE a designer!


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