Pattern PDF criteria

We love patterns of all shapes and sizes but we have a few key requirements to make this the best place to browse and buy patterns. Here are some guidelines on what we’re looking for in PDF patterns sold through LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet:

Do:

  • Convert patterns into PDFs. The maximum PDF size is 100MB
  • Make sure patterns are complete and tagged with the relevant language.
  • Include clear, high-quality photography of the finished project
  • Make your patterns internationally friendly by including imperial and metric measurements for materials and needles. Also, if appropriate, please state which country’s knitting/ crochet terms you have used
  • Include measurements (imperial and metric) of the finished item
  • Include the recommended gauge/tension – this information is extremely useful to your customers because it helps them to replicate your sizing, and to choose appropriate yarn and needles. If you feel that gauge is less important in your pattern please at least state the gauge you worked to so that customers can feel confident their item will resemble yours or can make alterations if needed
  • Update your PDF to include the approximate amount of yarn needed (ideally in yards or meters, or alternatively you can recommend a specific brand and line of yarn and add the number of balls/skeins needed) as this will allow your customers to decide if they have enough yarn already or need to purchase more
  • Help customers with a glossary of stitch and term abbreviations used in the pattern and in any charts, appropriate to the level of the pattern
  • Format your patterns so they are attractive and easy to follow. Patterns should be in an easy-to-read font and have headers for different sections of the garment. You may want to consider developing your signature ‘pattern style’ before you start out so it is easier to replicate for each pattern you design

Don’t:

  • Include obvious advertising. You can include a link to your personal website, but we discourage advertising of other products and services through the website
  • Include content you don’t own the copyright to, such as other people’s designs
  • Include blank pages. Consider how the pattern will print if customers choose to do so
  • Add links to your description. If you want to direct customers to your personal website or blog, you can add links to your designer profile here.