What is a SpinCraft Pattern?

SpinCraft knitting patterns are written for any size yarn, so you can use your handspun or other exotic yarns and knit something wonderful. My goal is to make knit and crochet patterns easy to understand, easy to fit and fun. This is accomplished by including the designer's math and design tips in each pattern. You do your own measuring and calculating for your yarn and style. You are the designer.

 Crafting the Patterns

You need a measuring tape, calculator and scrap paper to work a SpinCraft Pattern. Getting started is easy; you knit a swatch to find your gauge; measure the person who is going to wear the garment; punch the numbers into your calculator and write down the answers. Your project will fit your yarn and your body!

Patterns can be bought through the mail from SpinCraft and shipping is free. Patterns are also available at your Louet distributors.

Our website has moved to spincraftpatterns.com


Welcome to SpinCraft Patterns, the home of the "knit so it fits"
knitting pattern.

We write knitting patterns for the type of fiber artist who is first attracted to a beautiful fiber, or a beautiful yarn, and then wonders, "What can I make with this."

So how does it work?

 

About the SpinCraft Knitting Style

Many of our patterns are great for knitting machine users. They are all great for hand knitters.

Our instructions will work for the ample knitter to the petite craftsperson who can’t ever find their size!

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. After all the details are worked out and tested, the designer will turn her first 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 now the knitting pattern that you buy to make an exact replicate of her project.  

With a SpinCraft Knitting Pattern—you are the designer.

These patterns are written by Connie Delaney specifically to be used with any type of yarn, and for any size. They are not as exact as a traditional knitting pattern, but much more versatile. With a SpinCraft Knitting Pattern you are given the designer’s original math problems. 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. It 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 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!

And what if you want to spin your own yarn? We have that too! 

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!  

 

 

Hi Connie,

Your 02sw Irish Cable Knit Sweater Pattern is a great pattern! I am enjoying knitting it so much more than the rest I have made. I’ve always stuck to top down or one piece sweaters. I like the idea of trying them on as I go, so I know they will fit the way I want them to when finished. I did not find this to be a particularly hard pattern to follow at all. I just had to write and let you know that I have only been knitting for almost two years. NOT an experienced knitter by all means. I have knitted 4 afghans, 1 scarf, 1 headband (for my step daughter) and several sweaters.

I felt I needed something more challenging than what I had been knitting. (mostly plain stitches) When I finished this one I am going to get started another pattern you have for a cardigan. I am interested in doing the saddle shoulder. Bottom up may not be so bad if I don’t have all those seams to sew. J

I just wanted to say thank you for creating patterns for the new knitter such as myself, who like challenges but also like something easy to follow. You’ve done a wonderful job! Here is a tip I found that makes following charts easy for me since I am new to doing charts also. I make extra copies of the chart and when I finish a row on the chart I highlight it so I can keep my spot marked of what I’ve knitted so far. The sticky notes didn’t stick after awhile and I found the highlighter is easy enough to mark my spot.

Thanks again!

Cindi Stapelton

 

Useful We Sites by Connie Delaney

SpinCraftPatterns.com: our online shopping site

Spindling.com: Lots of info, and spinning too

KnitKnitting.com: knitting abbreviations & terms

Free-knitting-patterns.com: great free patterns

Learn-to-knit.com: illustrated instructions