As a knitwear designer you have probably heard the terms sample or test knitters. But what’s the difference? Is there a difference? Yes. Both have their uses but for different reasons. Designers Stephannie Tallent and Jen Lucas wrote about the differences on their blogs last week. Stephannie uses both and likes to use test knitters soRead more »

Here’s What’s Sprouting this week! From Barbara Benson: The first was an interview with author Mary Beth Temple about her new book Bath Knits, you can win a copy of the book for yourself. Next came a review of her first finished project for 1 Year of Stitches. To wrap up the week she postedRead more »

Here’s What’s Sprouting this week! From Angela Tong: Angela Tong is one of the sponsor’s of the Mochimochi Land 10th Annual Photo + Video Contest. The winners have been announced and you can read more about it on her blog post. From Barbara Benson: Barbara Benson has a new pattern in the Spring Collection forRead more »

Last week we talked about crafting a Professional Proposal. But what happens after you spend hours creating what you think is the perfect design submission only to receive back the dreaded rejection letter? it’s not personal There are several ways to handle rejection. First, realize that rejection isn’t personal. Your design possibly didn’t fit the story, collection, orRead more »

Here’s What’s Sprouting this week! From Angela Tong: Angela’s new cowl pattern, Clinton Hill is in Quince & Co’s just released Scarves, etc 6 collection. The cowl is worked in 2 skeins of Osprey and is just the right size for slipping on and keeping your neck cuddly and warm. You can see the whole ebook here. From BarbaraRead more »

Here’s What’s Sprouting this week! From Barbara Benson: After excellent response to the release of her new gradient and beaded lace shawl Earthbound Misfit Barbara Benson decided it was a good idea to have a knit-a-long for the new pattern. And seeing that BitterBlue uses similar techniques it made sense to include it. If youRead more »

Last time on Tips 4 Designers we talked about the pros and cons of Self-Publishing vs. Contracts. This week I’d like to talk about the main way to go about obtaining contracts, submitting a proposal. Before I jump in with my tips, designers Kristen TenDyke and Jen Lucas have both written excellent blog posts withRead more »

Here’s What’s Sprouting this week! From Jen Lucas: Jen has a new pattern from Sweet Georgia Yarns. The Fox River Hat & Mitts set is now available on Ravelry. The matching set combines wide ribbing and a fun lace pattern. The set is super quick to knit in Sweet Georgia’s Superwash DK Yarn. There is stillRead more »

Here’s What’s Sprouting this week! From Bonnie Sennott: Bonnie has just published a new shawl pattern for the New Year: Golden Valley is a big, cozy, triangular shawl featuring textured stitches and lots of geometric lace. It’s knit with two skeins of Anzula Ava, a sportweight merino/cashmere/nylon blend. From Jen Lucas: Jen Lucas is participating in theRead more »

One of the hardest questions a designer has to answer for themselves is “do I want to take on any contract work or do I want to rely solely on self-publishing?” Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of each. Self-Publishing With the internet and especially with Ravelry, self-publishing is fast and easy. Virtually anyone withRead more »

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