Style Sheet Questionnaire for Knitting Designers

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Whether you have been designing knitting and/or crochet patterns for decades, or even just a few months, you have heard that you need a style sheet, that is, a list of rules and guidelines that you set for yourself so that your patterns all have a consistent, professional appearance. What exactly goes into a style sheet, and how do you develop one of your own? In this extremely handy tool, designer/editors Elizabeth Green Musselman and Lindsey Stephens ask you all the questions that you need to answer in order to develop a strong style sheet.

Simply choose below whether you want the knitting or the crochet style sheet questionnaire. Once you have received the document, check the boxes and fill in the text fields in this 13-page questionnaire, and by the end you will have a complete style sheet that you can give to your tech editor and use for own reference when writing patterns. If you ever want to change your answers, simply edit right inside the form and your style sheet is updated!

Issues covered in the Style Sheet Questionnaire:

Page design
Formatting, naming, and organization for your pattern sections
Sizing and measurement standards
How gauge will be measured and listed
Chart and schematic styles
Which abbreviations and other pattern writing conventions you will use
Standard wording for material that will appear in each pattern (e.g., copyright section)
…and so much more.

Just the Facts

Separate questionnaires available for knitting and crochet design.
Each is a 13-page Microsoft Word document (compatible with Windows and Mac).
Sent in digital format only.
Intended for use on a desktop or laptop; the document’s interactivity is not functional on tablet devices.

Meet the Authors

Elizabeth Green Musselman spent 13 years as a history professor before having a spectacularly fabulous midlife crisis that ended with her becoming a full-time knitting editor, designer, and teacher. She is the art director and assistant editor at Cooperative Press and designs under the moniker Dark Matter Knits. Read her blog and learn more about her graphic design services for knitting designers and indie dyers at

Lindsey Stephens brings her love for teaching and mathematics into everything she does. She has her own design line, Poetry in Yarn, and has published patterns in Crochet World magazine, Koigu magazine, the book Curvy Girl Crochet, and other publications. Lindsey also uses her mad math and technical skills for good as a crochet tech editor and website designer. After five years as a stay-at-home mom, she now teaches math and science at a Yeshiva elementary and middle school in Connecticut. Learn more about Lindsey at or on Ravelry, where she goes by Leebah.

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