From the authors workbench
For my future loom knitting books I have created a simple template for writing patterns. It’s free on my website as a pdf download.
I thought I’d show an example of pattern writing by writing up some simple hearts I’ve been making for the Peyton Project. Bullying has been a big issue over the last few years. I like the idea of making a simple heart, adding a message, and leaving it for a stranger to find. I enjoy wondering who find’s the heart’s that I leave. Here’s a pattern for my hearts. Check out the Peyton Project, make a few hearts, and enjoy my template!
The download for the template is on my Tips page: http://myyarncraftsplus.weebly.com/tips-and-suggestions-for-crafting.html .
Size: One size fits all. About 2 ½ inches across and 2 inches tall.
Tools: 12 peg loom, hook, yarn needle.
Gauge: Doesn’t matter on this project. Keep your stitches smooth and even by smoothing them as you make them.
Supplies: 2 strands of sports yarn. Color: your choice.
Abbreviations and explanations:
WY Working yarn
K: Knit P Purl FS Flat Stitch
Pattern: Cast on with a long tail. Double e-wrap all the pegs, knit off bottom loops. Turn. Flat stitch across. Turn. Flat stitch across. Do not turn. Flat knit around. Cut a long tail. Pull the tail through each stitch and pick off the stitches. Pull the circle closed. With the ending tail over seam the center hole closed. With the yarn needle, weave each of the tails to the top of the heart. Use the yarn needle to pull one tail through the center hole so it tightens the top closed – revealing more of the heart shape. Then tie the top of the tails into a figure 8 so you can attach your message.
I am an office worker by day but a writer and crafter in my free time. My books can be found on Amazon in print or on Kindle.