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The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design Paperback – June 1, 2010
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-- Julia Grunau, founder, Patternfish
Shannon Okey has compiled a terrific resource book full of insights and information from which knitwear designers of all levels can benefit. This is the "how-to" book that connects all the dots. Her interviews with more than 30 of the industry's leading designers are worth the price of admission alone!
-- Kathy Elkins, co-owner, WEBS (yarn store)
A wise and witty guide for anybody who's ever dreamed of turning their passion into their profession. In pages peppered with her own personal stories, Shannon tells you what it takes to become a professional knitwear designer -covering everything from marketing to contracts, guilds and associations, continuing education, and the importance of finding your own personal design voice. As frosting on the cake, she even includes interviews, advice, and stories from 30 other industry professionals.
-- Clara Parkes, publisher, Knitter's Review, and author of The Knitter's Book of Yarn and The Knitter's Book of Wool
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1. Be professional
2. Social Media (how to use blogs, Twitter, FaceBook and Ravelry)
3. How to make money with your knitting (teaching, writing, test knitting, providing a service)
4. Legal stuff (copyright and contracts)
5. Writing Patterns
6. Making Sales (wholesale or PDF?)
7. Publishing a Book
9. Further Education
10. Professional Associations
11. Standing Out From the Crowd
12. Interviews with Knitting Professionals
There is nothing here about how to turn an idea into an actual written pattern, or how to successfully submit to magazines, when/if to offer free patterns, etc. There is also no index, which is very frustrating. At the end of the book she has a list of resources, one of which is a list of 8 books on knitwear design. If learning how to design is what you really want, I would look at those books first, and then study Knitgrrl's book afterwards for the good info on advertising, networking and making a name for yourself in the knitting world.
This book is written at the perfect time to help those people get themselves all set up and established in a professional way. But...it's not just for the newbies! The Knitgrrl Guide is for anyone who's trying to navigate through the craft publishing world, and is written by a woman who really knows her stuff.
Shannon has been a long-time friend and mentor to me. She has literally worked in every aspect of our field and knows her way around. She's worked with every major publisher, has been a magazine editor, brick and mortar shop owner, and really pays attention to what's going on.
When I'm in a situation with one of the above, and wondering, "Is this normal?" I call Shannon. If she doesn't know the person I'm dealing with, she knows OF them and always has a story about something happening to some anonymous friend...(which tells me that I can confide in her and it doesn't go anywhere!)
In reading The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, I felt as though it was an extension of our conversations. In it, she's not only giving me advice, but advice WITH LINKS. I read this book with pen, Post-Its, and a highlighter in hand, and used them all. I found links to ways to pay less when I use Fed Ex, links to legal advice, copyright explanations, Ravelry groups that I hadn't explored.
I mean, I knew that if Shannon wrote a book, it'd be great. She's the kind of person that you speak to and know that they're already 100 miles ahead of you on the plan.Read more ›
The worst section of this book is also the best: the interviews. The second half of the book is devoted to interviews with dozens of knitwear designers, editors and publishers. The content is fabulous and so helpful. But this is also the section that is so riddled with errors and mistakes that it's truly distracting. There are sentences without periods, open parenthesis without an accompanying closed parenthesis, random capitalization in the middle of sentences, etc. (Importantly, these are not judgment calls but honest-to-goodness indefensible errors.) It's horrible. Clearly, these interviews were either done via e-mail and the author simply cut and pasted the text without combing through it or transcribed live interviews without combing through the transcriptions. Even the author's QUESTIONS have errors!
I want to be clear that this was still money well spent for me -- I learned a ton from this book. But I feel compelled to put out my intense feelings about the presentation, if for no other reason than the fact that professionalism is something that the author espouses so emphatically.
As a knitwear designer, I would have LOVED to have this amazing resource when I was first starting out. All the same, The Knitgrrl Guide contains plenty of useful tips and tidbits for more experienced designers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty thorough as to the workings of the professional knitwear designer. The interviews at the back were very helpful, but there were sooo many. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was ok. Somewhat helpful but not for the direction I am goingPublished 8 months ago by Mariah Giles
Its a good resources especially for those interest in knitwear design.Published 13 months ago by siti noor murni
I deduct one star because of the numerous typos. Another star because of two strong profanities, only one being bleeped out. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joomi Lee
I hate writing negative reviews and this could have been avoided.
Although I don't believe the title was intentionally misleading, had it (or the description) been... Read more
Perfect. Just what I was looking for. Not a book of patterns or a book about writing patterns, but a book about how to sell the patterns you have written. WELL DONE Shannon :)Published on March 19, 2014 by Ivy R Rivello
I really liked this book. It helped me get to know the multi-faceted aspects of the hand knit industry behind the scenes. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Michael Butak
the pages of this bookmoofer so much information for the beginner knit-wear designer. its well written and concise. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Lisa D. Sample-Page
This book is a great guide to the professional (not creative) aspects of knitwear design. It fills a real gap in the industry. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Kangath