HELP: Grade your knitting patterns

Have you ever wondered how to grade a knitting pattern? I'll give you the rules from the fashion industry to help you grade your knitting pattern for both hand and machine knittingDo you want to grade your knitting patterns? Are you a bit confused by the rules? Well over a very long time in the fashion industry, I’ve had to write knitwear specs, go to fit meetings, speak to the manufacturers and make knitwear designs for the highstreet. This involves a lot of grading, measurements and calculations. So I think I have a pretty good grasp of providing you grade rules :)

Well over the years I don’t think that I’ve met someone with a ‘normal’ or ‘average’ body. We are all different, including my 5’2′ curvy frame. But what do we do? Retailers have to use some kind of rule to make garments bigger and smaller for their customers, so that’s where the grade rules come in.

As well as giving you the ‘average’ measurements, I explain how it all works and some points to think about for customising your own set of grade rules.

So firstly it’s really key to note that woven and jersey/knit specifications and grade rules are different. This guide will not work for woven garments. Jersey or knit garments have much smaller measurements than woven items.

Download PDF HERE: Gradient Rules


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6 Responses to HELP: Grade your knitting patterns

  1. Lindsey August 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    This is great as I work largely with kknitted fabrics! By any chance do you have any advice on how to grade garments with straps? Straight straps and crosswise straps, I can’t find anything ANYWHERE!

    • Vicky August 22, 2013 at 5:50 am #

      Thanks Lindsey, I’m really glad its useful. Just to be sure, do you mean how to grade the straps themselves in terms of width and length? Like shoulder straps etc…?

  2. Vicky August 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    if it’s knitting related yes no problem xx

  3. Jackie July 27, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Thank you for this, it’s very useful indeed!

    • Vicky July 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Thanks Jackie, I really hope this will help. xx


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