1. What do you get with a Mindy Wilkes Designs pattern?
- All of my patterns are professionally edited by a technical editor. Tech editors check patterns to make sure all of the numbers make sense and all math is correct, check to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout the pattern, check that written instructions and charts agree with each other, check for typos and other simple errors, and check that the overall pattern flows and makes sense for the knitter.
- All of my self-published patterns are also test knitted.
- All of my patterns include both written and charted instructions whenever possible.
- All charts in my patterns are created with professional charting software.
- All of my patterns come with support. If you’re having trouble with the pattern, I will try my best to help you figure it out.
- All patterns have complete information regarding yardage required, gauge, needles and notions, and sizing.
2. I’m having trouble with one of your patterns. Can you help?
Of course I can! Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you’re having trouble with. The more specific you are, the easier it is for me to know how to help. Tell me what pattern you’re working on, where in the pattern you’re having trouble, and what sort of problem you’re having.
3. What should I do if I think I found a mistake in the pattern?
E-mail me, please. I take great care in making sure that my patterns are free from errors, but sometimes mistakes happen. I will carefully review the pattern and double check that everything is correct. If a mistake is found, I will immediately correct the mistake and update the pattern on Ravelry. If you’re the one who found the error, I will send you another pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store as thanks.
4. Can I sell something I made from one of your patterns?
Of course you can. Thank you for asking.
5. Can I carry your patterns in my yarn store?
Yes! My patterns are available wholesale through Stitch Sprouts. You can contact Stitch Sprouts at email@example.com. My patterns are also available through the Ravelry in-store sales program. Whichever method works best for you works best for me!
6. I’m a yarn dyer/company. Are you interested in yarn support or a collaboration?
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve done collaborations with yarn dyers in the past, including a kit with Destination Yarns, pattern collections for Anzula Yarns, and others. I’d love to hear what you’re thinking.
1. How do I work the cast on for Holden?
This type of cast on is called the garter tab cast on. It’s a very common technique used in patterns for shawls worked from the top down. There are a number of great tutorials online for the garter tab cast on. This is one of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaQHMmEIvgU.
2. What is the difference between the Holden Shawlette and Holden?
The Holden Shawlette was my very first design and was available as a free pattern on Ravelry. In 2013, I updated the pattern to include additional sizes for the shawl and instructions for both a lace weight and fingering weight version. The revised version also includes updated written instructions for the lace and new charts. The updated version is now called Holden and is available for $6.00. The free version is no longer available, but if you have it in your Ravelry library, it will remain there until you delete it.