KNITTING PATTERNS: The Retail Method

Do you love knitting?

Do you want to create your own ideas into patterns?

Do you want to be able to not just make the pattern, but do it in 20 minutes

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You really can create ANYTHING, I really mean it. All you need to know is the shape you want to create and the measurements you need to make it. Then simply apply this method and 20 minutes later you have your pattern. Simple. It works exactly the same every time, regardless of the size of the item, the shape, the yarn or even the method of hand or machine knitting.

In this video course, I’ve added in a few extras too. So if you’re not sure how or where to measure, we’ll cover that. I give a insight into the manufacturing of the retail industry for knitting. Introduce you to a jersey block and show you why and how it works.

The retail industry has to be streamlined for one simple reason. Time and Cost savings are important. So this method not only helps you to reduce fiddly additional steps that traditional knitting patterns might add in, but the whole basis of the method starts with 3 simple principles:

SIMPLICITY

They reduce the work that goes into the clothes, which means the pattern needs to be simple, without compromising design

EFFICIENCY

They make their systems efficient, to reduce wasted time.

USE WHAT YOU HAVE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

They use the properties of the fabric to work for them, making the shape simpler and more cost effective.

Now I know that all sounds far too good to be true, but after working with the fashion industry for a very long time, in many factories across the world, I promise you it works. Every pattern I have ever made over my lifetime has been done using this method and I have never found an exception yet.

For the same reason, it also helps to fit your garments too. If you are working on an existing pattern and you want to adjust it to fit you perfectly, then the only tricky bit will be to find which part of the pattern you need to change. When you have found it though, again, just by using the knitting rules in this course, you’ll fit it perfectly to your body.

So who is the course for?

Well what can I say. I should be trying to sell, sell, sell, but I was raised the right way and I can’t in good consciousness say it’s for everyone. This course doesn’t teach you how to knit, so if you are a complete beginner and you want to learn how to knit, then this isn’t the right course for you and at this time you’ll be wasting your time and money. So I would suggest that you go through the basics and learn how to form stitches, learn increases and decreases and then consider taking the course. You don’t need to know any tricky stitches or anything like that, but definitely the basics.

This course teaches how to create a shape, which forms the knitting pattern, so if you know how to knit basic stockinette, maybe you have done a pattern making course before or are just excited to learn how to make knitting patterns, then this is definitely your course.

Watch a short intro video right here…

 

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Now for some Q&A….

I bet you have loads of questions, so here are some answers…… [If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, please leave me a comment and I’ll post the answer] Also, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to watch the video too. It gives you a snippet from the course and what you’ll be doing.

How do I use the course? How does it run?

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This is an online course of video’s and downloads, so you can access it anywhere with internet access.

During your checkout, you’ll be asked to add an email address [your username] and password. These are your login details.  Once you have paid for the course, you can simply come back to this page and login using the button above, entering your email and password.

What is actually in the course?

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I will be taking you step by step through the whole process from start to finish of having an idea for a design through to converting it into a pattern. The course is mainly done through a series of slideshow videos and the reason for this is that the system works mainly with maths and calculations, that you need to see in order to follow they system properly. In the course, we’ll be covering these steps:

  • THE INTRO

I’ll be introducing you to the world of retail. We’ll be covering what is coming up and the background to why it works:

  • The world of Retail.
  • What’s coming up
  • How will it work
  • THE KNITTING BLOCK [Jersey Block]:

In this part of the course, I’m going to show you the knitting block which is used to create every knit and jersey garment in retail across the world. I’ll demonstrate the difference between a normal woven block and knitting block. This will be essential for adjusting existing patterns and understanding the basics of pattern making

  • What is is
  • What are the advantages of using it.
  • THE MEASUREMENTS

This will help you understand the body and where you will need to measure, as this is an important but sometimes confusing part of pattern making. I will also show you what measurements you really need for the knitting pattern.[It’s not as many as you think]

  • Body Vs Garment
  • What to Measure
  • Where to Measure
  • How to Measure
  • THE PREP:

This part will cover the small amount of prep you will need for your garment design. You know your basic measurements, sow a little prep and the pattern starts.

  • Design
  • Tension Swatch
  • basic Template
  • THE PATTERN

This is the main part of the retail method and covers the calculation of the pattern itself. I will work with you through an entire example step by step and to make sure you are following along, you’ll be doing it with me through a couple of worksheets provided when you start. In this part you’ll discover how simple it really is.

  • The Pattern Intro
  • Using the Template
  • Convert the Measurements
  • What’s the Difference
  • Work the Knitting Rule
  • A few Random Bits
  • DESIGN DETAILS

This is where we cover some additional tricky bit like necklines and sleeves that you might want to use in your own designs and some guidance on the details you choose for your pattern.

  • Sleeves
  • Neck
  • Any Shape. Any Yarn. Any Fit
  • Summing up
  • ADDITIONAL EXTRAS

As part of the course, I understand than new systems and ideas can be tough. So to make things really easy, I thrown in some templates that you can use over and over as a basic pdf format, and we’ll be using them as we go through the Retail Method

Do I need to be good at maths?

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Simply no. You will need to add, subtract, divide and multiply, but nothing more than that. Having a calculator will help but it can be a really simple one. I’m going to show you step by step how to do everything you’ll need, so don’t worry.

Does it really only take 20 minutes?

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Yes it does. Now for complete transparency, I will say that the calculating part of the pattern takes the most time. When I write the actual pattern itself, I already have the measurements I need and I know the shape I want to create, mainly through experience. I have been doing this a long times, but don’t worry, it hasn’t taken that whole time to get the process down to less than 20 mins.

I did a series of videos where I asked people to test me by giving me their measurements. I calculated them, on camera, writing the pattern from scratch for a simple tank top [different measurements and necklines for each one] from cast on to cast off, in less than 10 mins. I generally say 20 mins so that I can add sleeves and any other details.

If pattern making is new to you, or you are not used to the retail method of making patterns, it may take you a few tries just to get into the swing of the method including the tension square which has a slight alteration to the way it’s measured. I’m not trying to trick you into thinking that you’ll do it in 20mins the very first time. It will take a little practise, but I will absolutely promise you that it is so simple, that once you discover the steps it and commit it to memory, you’ll be producing patterns in no time at all….. and let you into a little secret. I can actually do it less than 10mins and I’m sure with practise, you’ll be doing it far quicker.

What if I want to make patterns for a non retail size?

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My background is in retail design and that’s how I came to understand the factory process for creating patterns. I use retail standard measurements during the course just because I’m used to them.The course is however, just a system. You can use whatever shape or size you like. It doesn’t even have to be clothes for a person. The system simply tells you how to work out how to get from one measurement to another in knitting and works for all garments, measurements, dimensions and objects. You could use it to yarn bomb a car or a tree if you like. The system would still be the same and the pattern would be just as perfect

Do I have to be a hand knitter?

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Not at all. This is a principle method that will show you how to apply the steps to anything and with any type of knitting method. You can either knit by hand or machine.

I’ve done a pattern course before and found it tricky?

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Unless I know why you found the other one tricky, this is hard to answer. If it was because of maths, then don’t worry, there is nothing tricky here. If it was all a bit too much to take in, then it might be because you weren’t ready to absorb it, or maybe the course was written in an advanced way? It’s probably best to email me your concern and I can tell you if the course would suit you. I will say however, that I have made each step really simple to understand and I’ve enrolled my partner Tim, who’s a qualified teacher, to look over all of the content and make sure that it is as simple to understand and follow as physically possible. It really does go step by step plus the worksheets will help streamline everything for you.

I’ve done a pattern course before. Why is your method easier?

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Hard one. Similar to ”How long is a piece of string?” Everyone’s brain works in a different way, so it might be that you prefer the first course you took. However I can tell you for definite, that this is the simplest method of creating patterns. Not because I wrote it but because it comes from retail. There are many restrictions I have to think about in terms of cost when designing for a retailer, so in the retail world, simple construction means less money and when a retailer buys in a jumper from a manufacturer at US $6, then you know it’s really simple.

From the books I’ve read, online courses offering the same thing, and testing on other knitting friends, some of whom have been knitting for 20+ years, I’m super confident that this is the simplest method available.

All I can advise is that if you choose to take the course, then you’ll have two methods to use rather than one. Choice is always better I feel. I can’t compare something I haven’t done, but if you are happy with your old method, then maybe keep reading and make your decision at the end, or email me your concern so I can speak to you with a better understanding of your situation 

How do I find the part of a pattern so I can adjust it?

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Depending on who has written the pattern, this might not be so easy to find, especially if it’s a fully text based pattern with a particular stitch. In these situations I think it’s better to either write your own from scratch to accommodate your shape, or read the pattern through and draw out the pattern shape. If the pattern has been written properly, there should be a slight decrease to the waist and an increase towards the bust. I won’t lie though, it can be tricky and time consuming, which is why I advocate rewriting your own.

I can’t speak for other pattern writers but I am always happy to chat with you about one of mine. If you are trying to fit one of my patterns, then just email me and I happily help. In many of mine, there is usually some type of note or indication, especially in the machine knitting ones and if you are working from a graphical pattern, this will always be easier to spot.

Why should I trust you or your course?

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Firstly, well done for asking the right question! You really shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet and I would ask the same thing too.

I have a long history of 20 years to date, working for the fashion industry. I’m a knitwear designer in the retail world as well as running TA. I’ve worked for numerous retailers and suppliers and travelled to many factories to make sure garments were being made properly and to the correct standards.

This course is the method of creating every knitting pattern I have ever made, from the day I entered university, to the present day. Every pattern you see in my shop, on the site and on the internet is made this way and there are comments on various social media pages from other fashionknitsters saying how easy it is to make my patterns.

I’ve tried to be as transparent about the course as possible, but other than that I’m not sure what else I can do. But if you still need more information, don’t forget to also check the About: Vicky page or if you are still not convinced, then please comment below and tell me your concerns. In the spirit of transparency, I’m more than happy to discuss your concerns publicly, or maybe visit our Facebook page and ask some of the people who actually use the patterns..

How long do I get to view the course?

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No I’m afraid you can’t download the videos, but you have access for as long and as many times as you want. Each video and the documents will be available as long as Twisted Angle is around.he videos and your payment is for life, including any further updates and information we might add in the future. 

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