Following my patterns
This stylesheet is here to help you interpret my patterns.
Please note I am a very new designer, so if there’s anything that doesn’t make sense, just let me know!
Meridittle Makes patterns will start with an illustration showing some of the key features of the design. This will be followed by a short summary of what you can expect including difficulty level, notable techniques etc and any specific inspiration that helped form the pattern.
Sizes. I have moved to a letter-based sizing system for all patterns except my first two published (which will be updated soon!). This will be followed by a glossary of abbreviations and the gauge, needle, notion and yarn information.
Here I’ll list anything fancier than a knit and purl, and usually link to handy video tutorials (either mine or someone else’s).
This will be split into sections, for example Toe, Foot, Heel, Leg and Cuff for a sock pattern. At the start of each section I’ll give some explanation of what to expect along with any useful video links.
After that, things are written simply and logically, and separated into each row or round.
R2 - [instep] K14 (15, 16, 17), sl 2 st, K14 (15, 16, 17), [sole] knit all
Other style notes:
Knit and Purl are written as whole words if not followed by a number, and only capitalised at the start of a sentence. When they are abbreviated (K/P) they are always in capitals.
Measurements: cm are rounded to the nearest 0.5cm and inches are to the nearest ¼ inch, written in superscript i.e. 7.5cm and 7½in. There is no space between the number and its measure.
Always write the word 'slip' as opposed to 'Sl' so as not to confuse the reader with Sl1 that can be difficult to scan depending on font choice.
First, second etc are always written as full words so as not to confuse with stitch counts.
[ ] is used to indicate which part of the garment you’re working on eg instep / sole.
Spelling is all in British English eg colour, organisation etc.
Some patterns may have a ‘special’ abbreviation which will be explained on a case-by-case basis, but the common abbreviations I use are below:
CN Cable needle
DS Double Stitch (for German Short Rows)
GSR German Short Row
K2Tog Knit two together (decrease)
KbelK Knit below, knit (increase)
Kfb Knit front and back (increase)
M1L Make one left (increase)
M1R Make one right (increase)
P2tog Purl two together (decrease)
Pfb Purl front and back (increase)
SSK Slip, slip, knit (decrease)
Tbl Through the back loop
YO Yarn over (increase)