Patternmaking
Bust Dart Pattern
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Darts are an essential part of garment construction but, uh, what exactly is a dart? It's simply a folded wedge of fabric that's tapered and stitched down, allowing flat fabric to take on a shape that fits the body well.
Rochelle New
woman wearing gray outfit with seashell pattern
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If you want to be taken seriously as a clothing designer, you need to both show and tell. Whether your goal is to go to fashion school, start your own business or audition for the next season of Project Runway, you won’t get far without a killer portfolio.
Julia Garza
Hands Using Sewing Machine
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If you find that some patterns are a tad too snug in the sleeves, don’t blame your arms — they’re just fine! The problem is the pattern. Commercial patterns are designed to fit average proportions. And not everyone is average, or wants to be. Fortunately, reworking the upper arm of a pattern to fit your dimensions is a quick and easy fix.
Beth Galvin
Hands measuring a blue knit hat in progress
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Let's be honest: knitting from patterns is awesome. There are so many amazing designs out there, that you could knit from patterns for the rest of your life and never get bored. But, equally awesome, is pushing yourself to create your own designs. If this sort of experimentation is your jam, hats are a great place to start.
Ashley Little
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You love browsing, buying and using patterns. But making patterns — isn't that a job for the pros? Actually, there is one kind of pattern than any home sewer can, and definitely should, make. It’s called a sloper. And, no, it has nothing to do with ski wear.
Beginner
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Let's talk about princess seams: They're elegant, glam and totally classic —oh hi, Grace Kelly — and they're an easy way to add a serious dose of style. All you need to do to bring some princess-seam action to your garment is to start with a basic pattern, convert a few darts, and boom! You've just created your own chic, form-fitting design.
Linda Reynolds
Writing Your Pattern
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Writing your own cowl pattern is easier than you think. Use Kyle's Cowl Recipe Worksheet to turn your colorwork motif into a finished cowl pattern. Take your time and fill in each section to get a great result.
Crochet Provisional Cast-On
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You don't have to be crochet expert to master this helpful technique. Use the crochet provisional cast-on when you want to knit matching edgings on your cowl.
Creating a Colorwork Chart
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Once you understand how to manage a repeating pattern, learn how to develop your own motif. Discover how manipulate your design for visual effect, and create your own knitting chart.
Stranding & Swatching
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Review Kyle's techniques and tricks for successful stranded knitting on a smaller swatch before beginning the cowl project.
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