Knitting patterns are documentation to augment reading the finished garment.

Sometimes I write down knitting patterns.

Patterns are documentation

Making knitted garments – making bespoke garments in general – is fundamentally a creative process of imagining a shape, planning to construct it, and then iteratively constructing a garment and matching it to the body that will wear it. Over time, patterns developed as a way to shortcut and document the planning process: if you construct like this, the shape will be like that. Patterns can also jumpstart the imagining process: look at all the shapes you could make!

Some people use patterns to shortcut the body-matching work. They follow the directions to get the product in a size, and avoid the heavy matching work of adapting the pattern to fit the human. As a delightfully fat person in a body with curves and asymmetries, I do not use patterns in this way. My body isn’t shaped like the “standard body”, and I wear bespoke clothes because I want my clothes to fit my body.

Because I only use garment patterns for inspiration and documentation, I prefer ones which read more like guidelines than stitch counts. That’s what these are.

Reminder: knit your own things.

You may knit garments from these for your own use, for gifts to friends and loved ones, and otherwise for funsies. You may not sell the patterns nor garments which are derived from them.

If you have to ask, then no: I will not knit for you.

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