When you're blocking a garment that has ribbing (1x1 Rib, 2x2 Rib, etc.), lay the garment flat and re-shape to the proper measurements, but leave the ribbing alone. If you're pinning the pieces or garment in place, pin just above the cuff or waistband ribbing, or just below the neckband ribbing. This lets the ribbing draw in and keep its stretchy quality. If you stretch out ribbing, pin it, and let it dry, it will retain the stretched-out look. Sometimes you might want this, so by all means, go for it! But if you want your ribbing to be stretchy, just let it dry while the ribs are gathered together.
Thank you for supporting me and my business this past year! By being a member of Donna Estin Designs, subscribing to my newsletter, purchasing patterns, or following and interacting with me on social media, you make a big impact! When you're a one-person business, every action and sale means so much.
I am grateful to each of you for your support and as a special thank you, I'm giving away a sweet care package just for knitters.
Tell me YOUR knitting plans for 2022. As I begin to formulate designs for 2022, I'd love to hear from you! What do you plan on knitting in 2022? What would you like to see more of in the way of patterns?
Answer 5 short questions and you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for a Knitter's Care Package Giveaway which includes:
1oz. tube of all-natural Knitter's Relief Balm
1 bar of Surf's Up soap from Simon Babycat Soap Co.
3 balls (230 yards/50g each) of Capretta, fingering weight yarn from Knit Picks (80% Merino wool, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon)
Winner must be a member of Donna Estin Designs to qualify. If you're not a member yet, you can join here.
(Survey closes 12/28/21. Winner will be announced no later than 1/10/22. Shipping is included, but winners must have an address in the U.S.)
Each December, designers from all industries look to Pantone for the big announcement….what will be the color of the year?
Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2022 –
This Periwinkle Blue color is meant to convey the transition that we are going through. Expect to see new designs shown in Very Peri starting in the next few months and continuing throughout 2022. You’ll see this color as dominating, single color knit garments, and also as an accent color in colorwork knitting patterns.
Pantone defines, communicates, and acts as the central color authority for over 10 million designers and producers around the world. From fashion to products, graphics to design, designers look to Pantone for setting color trends to come.
So what do you think? Do you like Very Peri? Would you wear it? Would you knit with it? Are you excited about it?
Learn something new with one of my upcoming courses!
Designing and Modifying Necklines, is geared towards intermediate and experienced knitters who wish to understand how to change the neckline of an existing pattern, and knitwear designers who are designing a neckline from the ground up. Class attendees are exposed to a range of necklines. This class covers types of necklines, sizing, shaping, altering necklines, deciding how the neck will be finished, the effect of collars, fit, and variables such as working flat or in the round, bottom up and top down. The class will be about 1.5 hours and does not require homework in advance. Course is available at the Next Level Knitting Conference April 22-24, 2022. This is a 2-day virtual conference dedicated to elevating knitting skills for knitters of all stages, organized by The Knitting Guild Association. Early bird fee $100 covers 2-days of courses.
Creating Schematics, speaks to designers who are creating schematics for self-published designs and to submit to publishers for commissioned designs. This class covers when to provide schematics, the necessary information to include in a schematic, how it should be listed, shaping, scale, size, which stitch counts to use when determining the schematic measurement, imperial and metric measurements, and more. I will be using Inkscape to illustrate topics, but this is not a computer class and does not provide a tutorial to working Inkscape. The class material can be applied to any graphic design program. The class will be about 1.5 hours and does not require homework in advance. Course is available at the Next Level Knitting Conference April 22-24, 2022. This is a 2-day virtual conference dedicated to elevating knitting skills for knitters of all stages, organized by The Knitting Guild Association. Early bird fee $100 covers 2-days of courses.
Marketing Yourself within the Knitting Industry is designed for yarn dyers, tech editors, knitwear designers, knitting instructors, knitting judges, sample knitters, yarn shop owners and others who are working professionally in the knitting industry. We live in a time where people are rejecting traditional advertising and selecting to do business with people who connect with something inside themselves. You can be the best designer, instructor, or tech editor in the world but it doesn't matter if no one knows about you. This course takes the framework of educational and professional marketing programs to create a tailored course for knitting professionals. With the added benefit of including strategies specific to our unique industry, this course is a powerhouse of knowledge designed to increase sales for your knitting business. By the end of the course, you will have developed your brand, formed a marketing strategy, and created a unique Brand Guide, Marketing Tracking, Campaign Development sheet and comprehensive Marketing Plan for the next year.
Module One covers the actions needed to prepare yourself to go out into the public. The decisions you’ll make in Module 1 will form your brand and drive all of your messages, posts, and communications going forward. Topics include defining your brand, identifying your target market, creating content, core marketing outlets, creating marketing opportunities, and analysis.
Module Two takes what you have created and to the engagement stage including setting up software and applications, social media engagement, pricing, cross-promoting, selling yourself, becoming the expert, the business of marketing, and campaign development.
Enroll anytime. Course fee of $150 includes both modules. Work at your own pace, one-on-one with me.
Certified Professional Knitwear Designer course prepares aspiring knitwear designers who wish to design professionally for publications and/or to self-publish, for a career in knitwear design. It provides a well-rounded foundation of inspiration, technical skills, proper techniques, and business management to enable designers to professionally design truly unique garments, décor, and accessories. With the knowledge and resources provided in the course, you will acquire the skills needed to remove any barriers from your knitwear design process. There is no limit to what you can achieve.
Module One: Formulating an Idea begins with your creative inspiration, and covers the selection process of stitch patterns, yarn, color, graphics, sketching, creating schematics, finding design calls, and preparing submissions. All materials are emailed at the end of the module including: a book review, fiber report, questions/answers, and a design submission based on a provided design call. Samples do not need to be knit.
Module Two: Building a Design tackles the nitty gritty details of design like gauge, grading, calculating yardage, laying out the design, spreadsheets, shaping, allowances, formulas, set-sleeves, charting, writing patterns for publishers, and more. All materials are emailed at the end of the module including: a book review, exercises, questions/answers and two designs; one for an accessory or home décor item and one for an adult sweater. Designs are based on set design parameters and a style sheet is provided, similar to what you would find in a commissioned design. You will email the pattern including charts, schematic, and sketch with the rest of your materials. Samples do not need to be knit.
Module Three: The Business of Design turns your design abilities into a proper business including organizing yourself, yarn support, working with tech editors, running test knits, third-party sellers, pattern layout, pricing, working with publishers, resubmissions, setting up a business, business licenses, registering a domain, accounting, sales tax, VAT, money, credit card processing, contracts, rights, design fees, terms, royalties, when rights revert back to you, customer relations, policies, copyright, what to do when things go wrong, preparing for your next design, and more. Questions/answers, exercises and a ready-to-publish accessory pattern are emailed at the end of the module. A professional knitwear designer must demonstrate a proficiency in knitting and you will knit the sample that accompanies the pattern and mail it in for review.
Enroll anytime. Course fee is $150 per module. Work at your own pace, one-on-one with me.
Hello! I'm Donna Estin, knitwear designer, certified master knitter and instructor. I enjoy designing artistic knitwear that is comfortable. I specialize in sweaters with a contemporary silhouette.