Over the years machine knitting patterns have been published in a number of formats.
Do you have a favorite?

Vintage knitting pattern formats


Japanese Style
  • You need to translate the Japanese symbols
  • Written for ONE gauge
  • Commonly written for ONE (small) size
  • Minimal knitting instructions
  • Any knitting instructions are in Japanese

Multiple Sizes
  • Often written for obsolete yarns
  • Written for one gauge - requiring you to MATCH gauge
  • Minimal instruction - often numbers only are provided
  • Multiple sizes on a diagram - highlight the desired size before you start knitting
  • Knitting instruction can be cryptic and machine-specific

Wall of Words
  • Often written for obsolete yarns
  • Written for one gauge - requiring you to MATCH gauge
  • Mulitple-sized are often included requiring highlighting to keep the numbers straight
  • Often typewritten, a full page of text is difficult to read and follow and they are stuffed full of cryptic abbreviations
  • Rarely do these patterns have diagrams, making them difficult to use

Magazine Columns
  • Often written for obsolete yarns
  • Written for one gauge - requiring you to MATCH gauge
  • Mulitple-sized are often included requiring highlighting to keep the numbers straight
  • Designed to be printed in a magazine format, knitting instructions are squeezed into newspaper column format making them difficult to read and follow. The also include cryptic abbreviations to save space.
  • If diagrams are provided, the numbers are tiny making them difficult to use

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Tell us in the comments:

  • Do you have a favorite pattern format?

  • With any pattern do you write a "cheat sheet" to keep you on track as you knit?


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2 COMMENTS
Tina B
 Dec 28, 2022
I use knitradar, KIN-patterns, changing handknitpatterns and even DAK for different machines and plans. The Cheet-sheet may vary, but it is always nessary to make and (maybe) follow the decisions.


Yanna O
 Dec 27, 2022
My "cheat sheet" is about 2-3 pages for each project I made. It looks like step-by-step instruction and includes as many details as possible. So if my first version is unsuccessful (wrong size, tension, or stitch pattern), it is easy to go back and catch the problem. It is also helpful if you want to repeat the project two-three years later.