Over the years since I began designing, I've realized two very important things about breaking in so to speak: even though there are many resources out there for knitters, the design world keeps their secrets close & just as in any industry (maybe especially the creative ones), talent only gets you so far. The folks that are gifted aren't always the ones that "make it" - it's the folks with the drive to take it all the way that become successful.
I would say I fall somewhere in the middle of the talent/drive scale, and that's exactly where I need to be right now. I have two kids that are in critical developmental stages and one that needs just a bit of extra mama energy - but my desire to design and knit is compulsive. I think because of this, and because I really believe that knowledge should be shared if you want to cultivate community and inclusion, I am always handing out what I've learned to anyone that asks. I've been an open book in interviews over the years, just cracking open my brain to the universe, and I've gained some really wonderful friends along the way in doing so.
Now, my husband, my defender, my partner in all things, worries that I give too much. He is under the impression that my years of research, trials, and effort shouldn't be handed to the first ya-hoo that asks for it. There are days I agree. There are days when I'm tired and I've been wrestling with a design problem and I get an email from someone unwilling to do the work, asking for me to hand the answers to them in a golden cup, spilling over with hand-holding, and I grit my teeth. Other days I answer those emails jubilantly and wish them success in their endeavors.
So, I've decided that there's a happy medium and a small series dedicated to the knitters out there that want to take the leap into design is a good thing. However, I'm not going to spoon-feed "how to be a knitwear designer", rather I'll be sharing tips I've learned along the way with tons of useful links to materials, tutorials, informative websites, and blogs along with posts dedicated to things like size grading and successful pattern submissions. This is a budding resource space, 99% free to all, balanced with some information packets for purchase.
I will have comments enabled on the individual posts as the series goes on, but to be quite honest, I have a heck of a time getting back here to reply regularly. SO, if you have a specific question regarding any of the information shared, please get in touch with me via the contact page and I'll be able to get back with you promptly.
Until next time, happy knitting.