Making Things – Netflix for Knitting

//Making Things – Netflix for Knitting

Making Things – Netflix for Knitting

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

This summer I got an email from Megan with the offer to become one of the first designers to use an app that at that time was still a work in progress. We met in Skype, I was in Russia at that time and Megan is from Australia, it is pretty amazing how knitting brings people together from different parts of the world! We talked and she explained me the concept of this new way of working with your knitting patterns that to me seemed to be the future of knitting.

Making Things App is basically a Netflix for knitting, for the monthly subscription of $11.99 (which is basically less than 2 pattern package), you get the unlimited access to 1000+ knitting patterns. Moreover, the app is designed that way that allows you to use very handy tools that are always with you – no need to carry around the pattern printed pages, pencils/markers and all those little things that help you to navigate through the pattern. Highlighters help you to keep track of your progress, editable notes allow you to leave your your comments right in the pattern, counters will be handy for keeping track of rows, stitches, increase, decreases, etc; working with charts is also simplified – highlighter will help you to keep track of where you are in the chart. You will be able to enjoy a live pattern support along with video tutorials for basic techniques used in the patterns. So, basically you won’t have to look for extra information, but have everything in your app.

At the moment I have three of my patterns as a part of an app, little by little I am going to add more into my library, so you can easily interact with each pattern inside the app. Rain, The Edge and Wings patterns are already available in the app’s library.

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

Textured Sweater Knitting Pattern

I am excited to be a part of such an amazing project and I hope you will also find it useful!


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By | 2018-11-04T14:32:47+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Knitting|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Bennie-Ruth Dean November 4, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Will your patterns still sell on Ravelry as well?

    • Alina November 4, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Hello Bennie! Yes, absolutely, on Ravelry and on my website. This app is an addition to those places, not the substitution 🙂

  2. Hazel Swoboda November 4, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

    I hope this works for you as a designer. It doesn’t work for me as a knitter, however. I might buy that same amount in patterns as the monthly subscription fee, but I typically don’t get them finished that quickly:) If I spend 2-3 months knitting a sweater that’s much more than what I would have spent buying the pattern on Ravelry. Also, if I want to go back to knit the pattern again, I need to maintain my subscription. Items on Netflix can be consumed much more rapidly than knitting something, at least for me.

    • Alina November 4, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Hello, Hazel, and thank you so much for sharing your opinion, it is very important to me! I totally understand what you are saying – that was also something that I was thinking about while Megan and her team were working on the app. This is definitely not for everybody, some people knit just one pattern in months, others can handle much more during the same period of time. The app offers not just the quantity of patterns, but the convenience – the tools developed to interact with the pattern come in very handy and some people will prefer paying for them, plus the live support and tutorials that are included in the app.

      I will definitely keep offering my patterns as individual downloads here and on Ravelry, as I mentioned above this is just an addition, not the substitution that might work out perfectly for a lot of people.

      At the end of the day, my work comes to providing the knitwear ideas/designs that might inspire knitters to pick up their needles and to give them the choice how to interact with each pattern on different platforms!

  3. Liz November 4, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

    It seems expensive for an app, when the LoveKnitting app is free and you can import your Ravelry patterns and make notes or highlights, it has an e-ruler you can move and a row counter.

    • Alina November 4, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your opinion, Liz! It is definitely on a pricey side for those who don’t knit that many patterns in a month. For knitters who have lots of projects off their needles in a month, it can be a really nice deal.

  4. miss agnes November 4, 2018 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    This app is generating a lot of debate, and I find it interesting to read different perspectives on different blogs. My key concern with this would be: what prevents people to make screen captures of all the patterns they like for a month and they unsuscribe ? It certainly is not the ethical way, but if I can think about it, I won’t certainly be the only one. Which is why I will not subscribe, I would be tempted to do this and it would not be fair to the designers. So this new app for me comes with too many question marks. Time will tell I guess. (and there is typo in your title, sorry I had to say it).

    • Alina November 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you for joining the discussion! I really love hearing your feedback! Screenshots, yes, definitely a risk. I had my work stolen before and notice from time to time my patterns being resold by illegitimate websites and unfortunately there is not much that I can do about it. So, basically it all comes to trusting the people who interact with your pattern and if they appreciate all the work that has gone into it. This is definitely something new and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over time and what it will grow into.

      Thank you for letting me know about the typo – fixed it 🙂

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