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The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design

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The Knitgrrl Guide To Professional Knitwear Design is the first-ever book targeted to designers of all experience levels who want to create, communicate and sell their work professionally to magazines, publishers, consumers and other markets. Written by an industry insider, the Guide takes a comprehensive, unflinching look behind the scenes that no knit or crochet designer ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Cooperative Press
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Janet Wolfson
I want to start off by saying that this book is great - it will be very useful for anyone who wants to turn pro with their knitting. However...there is very little info here about actually designing knitwear, in fact out of 247 pages, only 10 are about writing patterns, and most of that is about how to choose designing software. The breakdown of the book is:

1. Be professional
2. Social Media (how to use blogs, Twitter, FaceBook and Ravelry)
3. How to make money with your knitting (teaching, wri
Let's just call this the Knitwear Design Bible. I turn to this book over and over. I'll confess: I think Shannon is one of the smartest women I've met, and this book provides solid evidence for my claim. Reading this book makes me feel less like an outsider in this niche industry, and more like a savvy novice. I've been able to answer almost every question of my budding design career by turning to the Guide. Even if you're not interested in knitwear design, the interviews with the designers we a ...more
A very informative book about becoming and being a knitwear designer. After reading Ms. Okey's book I discovered how much that I wanted to continue designing knitting patterns privately and not professionally, due to time and expense constraints.

Please read this book if you're thinking about becoming a knitwear designer. It will help you decide if designing professionally is worth all the time, effort and expense.
This books is full of great information and tips for not only knitter designers, but anyone who is interested in independent publishing.

The technical information is fairly current, given how fast the electronic media/communications tools are evolving. She talks about Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites -- as do the interviewees. Lots of valuable advice.

The interviews with designers were mostly useful and fun reading -- reality knitting shows.

My criticism is technical -- many of the desi
Marie Segares
The book is a primer for getting started as a (hand) knitting or crochet designer. It addresses the business end of designing (e.g., writing up, testing, printing, marketing patterns) and is not a guide on how to design. Shannon compiles information from her own career; from extensive interviews with designers, editors, tech editors, publishers, and others in the industry; and from a range of web resources into an easily digestible package. Her writing style is both conversational and profession ...more
This book is not about designing knitwear; it is a guide to being a professional in the knitwear industry. It covers social media heavily, how to behave professionally in the industry, the economics of patterns sales and interviews with knitwear designers.

Pros: There is a lot of good, current information in this book. The interviews with designers and editors are interesting and informative. There are online resources provided for almost every section. The importance of social media in modern k
Interesting read. Not what I expected (a how to design book), but a how to manage a knitting business book. The interviews with established designers was especially interesting.
Still admirably up to date. Not a lot of info on tech editing, but still good stuff.
Absolutely amazing resource for anyone looking to break into the knitting business!
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Shannon lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, comic book artist Tamas Jakab and their furry "children," a dachshund and 2 cats who have made several appearances in her books.

Shannon runs her own publishing company called Cooperative Press, which publishes both books and Knit Edge magazine. She writes...a lot.

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