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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
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
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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