Keeping a Design Notebook

I discovered this mew book, Knit Notes, at our local craft store a few weeks ago. It is a newly published title from Sixth and Spring books, and is changing my design work in wonderful ways. 

For a few months, I have tried designing directly on the computer, with zero success. I have finally accepted the fact that I am a messy scribbler; I love brainstorming, scratching, fiddling with numbers, and doodling on odd bits of paper, labels, and cardstock. I write most of my designs on battered index cards, and keep a large jar of yarn labels and swatches in my studio closet. 

I know. Sad, right?

Enter Knit Notes:
- a place to secure a swatch, yarn labels, and yarn
- detailed list prompts of yarn quantity, gauge, needle sizes, notions, and notes
- graph paper for sketching, grading, and sizing
- blank pages for pattern stitches, photos, and yes, doodling!

So instead of this, which is only nice if you are in a "rummage sale" kind of mood:

I now have this, which is lovely, and just "scrambly" enough to keep this scribbler organized:

This is a recent page, and includes yarn, a swatch, rough sketch, sizing ideas, and a few snippets from my mood board. It is for a brand new pattern that will be published next week, I can't wait to share it with you!


  1. How exciting! Design work seems so overwhelming but so rewarding. Can't wait to see the next pattern! <3

    1. Thanks, this little book has helped me so much in just a few short weeks. My new pattern will be published online, I will be sure to share it with you!

  2. I have tried several unsuccessful attempts at handling the creativity on a computer. The blog has been my only success, and even that is difficult to maintain at times. I tried recipes, nope, patterns, nope. This notebook is perfect. I think our scribbles, tea/coffee rings, and such will be what is important to our children someday. In our handwriting, our recipes will be better and our creativity more real for generations to come. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

    1. I am glad I am not the only one who still loves the scratching of pencil on paper! Yes, the coffee rings, handwritten notes, and meanderings of pencil and pan are a treasure for those for follow after us in this life!

  3. I so need something like this ! I have notes on the computer, in a sketchbook, on my iphone, on scraps of paper.... a mess. My only quandry is are are the pages removable or moveable ? And is it small enough to fit in my shoulder bag ?!

    1. Oh, that is a good question! The pages are not removable, so it is something that stays all together. But I think it is small enough to fit nicely into a shoulder bag or knitting bag. I love mine so far!


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