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About Our Knitting Patterns

A SpinCraft Knitting Pattern is fun for hand knitting, and many are great for machine users. Our instructions will work for the ample knitter to the petite craftsperson who can't find their size! Our patterns are a bit different. This is a great way for the beginner to learn to knit because our style empowers you to become the designer.

Here's why:

Every knitting pattern, no matter how it is written, started as an idea in somebody's mind: A particular style, a certain way to proceed through the shaping, maybe a particular type of yarn to use.

After the original conception, the knitter grabs a tape measurer, takes a few measurements, sits down with some pencil and paper, makes some drawings and does a little math. Most often, the designer will knit a swatch with her chosen yarn, and then use the gauge from that swatch and her measurements to calculate exactly how many stitches to cast on for her project, how far to work in a certain direction, where to change the shaping, and so on and so forth.

Designing a knitting pattern is a very straight-forward process, with infinite possibilities. 

After all the details are worked out and tested, the designer will turn her math problems into three variations for small, medium, and large using only one size of gauge--usually for one exact type of yarn. This final version is the knitting pattern that you buy to make an exact replicate of her project.

With a SpinCraft Pattern you come into the design process into the middle. It's not all laid out for you at the beginning, and you reap the benefits of the infinite possibilities of knitting. You will measure around your body, the length of your arms, and from your shoulders to your hips to determine length. For most sweaters you will also want to measure your neck, and from shoulder to underarm to determine how much underarm ease you want to have. Now, armed with this knowledge about the size you want to knit, you are ready to knit a sweater that really fits. A few simple math problems will help you decide how many stitches to cast on, and exactly how to knit your sweater!

How our Knitting Patterns work

With a SpinCraft Knitting Pattern--you become the designer. These patterns are written by Connie Delaney specifically to be used with any type of yarn, and for any size. They are more versatile than a traditional pattern. Our system is a  simple solution for the hand or machine knitter!

With a SpinCraft Knitting Pattern you are given the designer's original math problems. It's easy! You take your own measurements (which is why it can fit any size, no matter how big, no matter how small) and plug your answers into the calculation tables. Then you find your own favorite yarn, knit a swatch, and use the measurements from that swatch to complete your calculations.

Say you are knitting a sweater... Your instructions will look something like this:
G = gauge from your swatch (example 6 sts/in)
A = Measure your hips (example 40")
B = G x A (example 40x6=240)
Cast on B sts. (That means cast on 240 sts)

You can easily see that casting on 240 sts will give you a piece of knitting that fits exactly around your hips. And that's how it works.

You will notice, as you go through our website catalog, that the main picture for each pattern is a simple line drawing. This is because we want to stimulate your imagination into thinking up the colors and textures for your knitting treasure -- after all -- with a SpinCraft knitting pattern, You are the designer!


This little movie, below, isn't about knitting, but I just had to include it because it is so beautiful




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Connie Delaney is the author of:

Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert

The premier book for learning to spin your own yarn. Starting with a drop spindle is an inexpensive, and easy way to start spinning your own yarn. If you like it, you can graduate to a spinning wheel any time!

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