orange knitting for report coverDesign Your Own Knitting Patterns!

Discover an Easy,

Step-by-Step System


to Knit a Sweater

That Really Fits!

How to Write Your Own Knitting Pattern

…without expensive software

…without knitter’s graph paper

…without being an expert knitter.


From the desk of Paula Ward

Tuesday, 10:28 a.m.

Dear Frustrated Knitter,

Have you ever poured your time and energy into knitting a beautiful sweater, only to find that the finished sweater doesn’t fit?

  • Does that sweater sit in a closet? Or end up being given away?
  • Are you sick of spending good money on yarn for sweaters you never get to wear?
  • Are you a plus-size knitter who can’t find patterns you like in your size?
  • Have you ever seen a darling sweater at the mall, and wished you could knit it yourself, if only you had a pattern?

Me, too.

I have been knitting since I was eight years old. I’ve spent many peaceful hours on handwork, and concentrating on a charted knitting pattern really takes me away from my problems. However, I learned in a hurry that the fun and creativity of knitting can be ruined if the finished article doesn’t fit.

I had my share of disasters, so I set about trying to find an easy way to design a sweater pattern. Believe me, I looked. And while I came across bits and pieces of good information, I couldn’t find one place where it was all together in an easy-to-follow system.

So I decided to come up with my own method of sweater design.

Now, I can sketch out the sweater I want to make, knit a swatch and get started. I don’t even have to figure out the whole pattern before I begin–I can write the pattern as I go. I only have to figure out the part I’m working on at that moment.

  • If I find a yarn I love, I don’t have to search for a pattern–I write my own.
  • If I see a ready-made sweater I would like to knit for myself, no problem.
  • I still buy (yes, buy) published knitting patterns–I love having talented designers do the heavy lifting for me, and I want to support their wonderful work. And, yes, these days I am a plus-size knitter. With my method of sweater design, I can really understand the pattern and alter it with confidence.
  • When I knit a sweater for a friend or family member, I know how to ensure a perfect fit–regardless of the wearer’s size.

If I can do this, so can you. If you’re thinking sweater design sounds complicated, let me reassure you. Yes, I learned how to knit a long time ago, but I’m no expert. I still enjoy taking knitting classes to learn new techniques and improve my skills. And even though I’ve taken several classes on sweater design, I’ve never seen a system that is as easy and as reliable as the one I use.

The Most Common Mistake Knitters Make

“…my answer to a question once asked–’What is the most common mistake knitters make?’–was that they follow the pattern!”

Sally Melville, knitwear designer

from her book,“Mother-Daughter Knits”

Confidence to Alter Patterns

“A real bonus is that this method has given me…confidence to alter patterns so they’re easier for me to work according to my personal knitting style and preferences…I’m able to apply or adapt this method to many sweater patterns I find.“

J.V., Seattle

A Perfect Fit!


When I saw your e-book, I ordered it right away.  I had started a cable rib sweater…I decided to follow the instructions in your e-book. When the body was completed and sewn together, it was a perfect fit!!! (whooo hoo!!). I have started the first sleeve and it is going very well. Thank you so much. I would recommend this e-book to anyone. ”


100X Better!


“Thanks for the help. I find your e-book is 100X better than all the notes and lessons and websites dedicated to this combined.”

Sabra H., NYC.


In my twenties, I knit three sweaters in a row–

NONE of them fit me.

One was a beautiful Aran sweater that was so small it almost fit a child. I put down my knitting needles and didn’t pick them up for another twenty years.

When I started knitting again, I realized how much I’d missed the fun and creativity. But I wanted to be able to knit sweaters that really fit. So I read books on sweater design, took design classes, and studied patterns.

Some parts of designing a sweater are easy. But there was always a point where the instructions made me guess, required knitter’s graph paper, or even computer software! (If you’ve ever tried to draft a sleeve cap, you know what I’m talking about.) I wanted a simple, straightforward system that would provide clear, step-by-step instructions.

So I read more books, talked to knitting experts, and studied more patterns. Piece by piece, I “unraveled” the secret of easy sweater design (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun).

Now I understand how to create a pattern from scratch, and how to alter a published pattern for the perfect fit.

Does This Sound Familiar ?

  • Have you ever sat, frustrated, with a hand-knitted sweater representing tens (if not hundreds!) of dollars and countless hours of time, and no wearable garment to show for your effort? I have.
  • Have you looked at a sweater pattern and wished it had set-in sleeves instead of (unflattering) dropped shoulders? Been there.
  • Have you ever seen a darling ready-made sweater in a store and wished you had a pattern to make yourself one like it? Yep.
  • Have you ever seen a great yarn and knew instantly what kind of sweater you wanted to make out of it, but been unable to find a pattern for that sweater? Check.
  • And most painful, have you ever finished all the pieces of a sweater, and then let it languish because you dreaded the chore of final assembly? Oh, yeah.

Not any more! With my easy ONE-PIECE sweater design method your sweater will really fit, and there’s no sewing, grafting or seaming! Even beginning knitters love this system!

With basic knitting skills and a tape measure,you can design a sweater…


… in one piece and using one circular needle.

I’ve gone through the trial and error for you. I read books, deciphered diagrams, searched the internet, took classes, asked questions. Some of these sources offered vague or confusing information or templates for sweaters for the “average” size woman (whoever she is).

For every part of a sweater where the design method wasn’t clear, I came up with a simple formula–for armholes, sleeves, shoulders and necklines. What I arrived at is a step-by-step method for designing a sweater as you go, based on your measurements. Start knitting the body–don’t worry about the rest until you get there!

I’ve shared this method with other knitters. The response convinced me that this method works. Even a beginning knitter can knit a successful sweater (that really fits!) using my method.


How to knit a sweater

I have put the entire system into into an e-book. It’s a step-by-step method that will guide you in designing your own sweaters. You’ll start at the very beginning with taking measurements and knitting a swatch. There are charts for recording measurements and for doing the very simple arithmetic involved in designing each part of the sweater. You’ll find plenty of explanations, examples, diagrams and photos.

I do assume you have basic knitting skills–this is not a learn-how-to-knit book. There are lots of great books and DVD’s out there that will teach you how to knit. And plenty more showing you various knitting tips and tricks. I’ve read most of them.

But I haven’t seen a book or DVD yet with such an easy, dependable system for designing a sweater from start to finish. I’ve done the legwork for you–start knitting tonight!

Am I saying that if you follow these steps I’m about to share with you, that you’ll be able to knit any sweater you see?

No way. There are way too many wonderful knitting techniques and styles to contain them in one book.

But what I am saying is that you will learn how to design pullovers and cardigans that really fit. My e-book will allow you to create dozens of terrific women’s sweaters–for yourself, family or friends.

After awhile, your friends will look to you as the knitting “guru” (it’s already happened to me, and as I said, I’m not an expert knitter). You will enjoy knitting so much more!

Why my system is the solution to your knitting frustrations …

… and why I’ve decided to share it with you.

I got tired of  spending the time and money knitting sweaters that didn’t fit. When I finally came up with my method, I thought it was probably something more advanced knitters already knew. Was I surprised when an expert knitter (and yarn shop owner!) confessed to me how often she’s knit a sweater that didn’t fit. Good grief–where does that leave the rest of us?

And I know of too many beginning knitters who put down their needles for good when their first project doesn’t fit–they think it’s their fault. What a shame.

That’s why I’ve decided to make these strategies available to you, in a handy e-book that you can download in the next five minutes…

These steps have been proven as an easy way to design a sweater.

And the best thing about them is…

How to knit a sweater

Knit sweaters you love to wear!

  • You don’t need to be an expert knitter,
  • You don’t need to know anything about sweater design,
  • You don’t need any special equipment, software or knitter’s graph paper,
  • These methods work for knitters of all sizes,
  • You can knit a pullover or cardigan design,
  • You can choose a variety of necklines and collars,
  • You can use any yarn with this method–choose a yarn you love, pick up your needles and go!

Discover EXACTLY what these steps to easy sweater design are,

… and how you can start learning them in the next five minutes!

Once you download your copy of my exclusive e-book, Easy Knitting Design: The Basic Sweater, you can immediately start designing your sweater!

Here are the main parts that I cover in the e-book:

  1. Gathering the tools and information you’ll need
  2. How to design each part of your sweater
  3. Variations that will allow you to design a whole wardrobe of sweaters
  4. An appendix showing all the techniques used.

… all illustrated with clear diagrams and photographs. I show you in detail EXACTLY how to design and knit your sweater.

Let’s face it–yarn is not cheap. Knitting a sweater is an investment of time and money. Learn to protect your investment, and have more fun knitting.

But that’s not all…

You learn everything you need to know to design your first (or next) sweater, including:

  • Taking body measurements for the perfect fit–no matter what size you are
  • Swatching to ensure accuracy (and avoid unpleasant surprises!)
  • Knitting the sweater body in one piece–no seaming
  • Shaping armholes–a key to good fit
  • Knitting a v-neck or round neck–choose your most flattering neckline
  • Learning short rows and three-needle bind off for an easy, polished shoulder seam
  • Working a top-down sleeve directly onto the sweater body to complete the one-piece sweater–no complicated drafting
  • An easy formula for picking up neckline stitches
  • Working a button band on your cardigan–no more guessing how many stitches to pick up
  • Increase your design options by adding a collar or turtleneck to your sweater

…. And you’ll also learn the #1 most important thing you can do to ensure the success of your sweater.

How to knit a sweater

Don’t Wait!

This e-book will pay for itself the very first time you use it. Imagine your pride when you receive compliments on the sweater you’re wearing and you say, “I designed this myself.”

The amount of information contained in this manual is the equivalent of twelve hours of classroom instruction.  This e-book is less than the cost of one sweater design classJust this winter I taught a class covering this material–it took six weeks and cost $60!!!  Order now and you will save 55%!

6-month, No-Risk Guarantee

Take six months to examine and use this easy knitting design method. That’s right. You have 180 days to use this valuable manual to design your own sweater. Once you’ve experienced these simple steps and have finally knit  a sweater that really fits, I’m confident you’ll NEVER want to send it back!

Why such a generous guarantee? If you’re like me, you don’t always find all the time you’d like to knit. It could be weeks before you find a chance to sit down with a new project. That’s no reason to miss out on the savings. By taking advantage of the Pre-Sale price, you’ll have your copy of Easy Knitting Design: The Basic Sweater ready and waiting when you are. You may want to print out a copy and keep it in your knitting bag.

On the other hand, if your yarn is just waiting there in your stash, you can start knitting right now.

How to knit a sweater

Examine my e-book for

6 months risk free!

You’ll Never Have to Depend on a Pattern Again!

The choice is yours: You can continue using patterns as they’re written and hope for the best, or you can take charge of your knitting and understand how to create sweaters that really fit.

So if you’re serious about ending your frustration and experiencing more creativity in your knitting, then you really only have one choice: invest the $49. $27 in your future knitting enjoyment. You’ve got NOTHING to lose.

But remember…

… the longer you wait, the longer you’ll be at the mercy of the “standard” figure upon which published patterns are based. Completely unnecessary, and frustrating to boot.

My goal is to provide you with information you can really use. If you’re not thrilled with my easy method for designing and knitting sweaters, just let me know within the next six months and I’ll happily refund your money–no questions asked.

When you click BUY NOW, you will be taken to our secure order page with complete instructions. When your order is complete you will receive a link for download and be sent an e-mail with download instructions. You will have 24 hours to download your copy of Easy Knitting Design: The Basic Sweater.

Please note:  due to the numerous color photos, charts and diagrams, my e-book does not work in Kindle format.  My e-book is a PDF document, which you can view on any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Don’t wait another minute to start your first custom-designed sweater.


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Happy knitting!

Paula Ward

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