Designs for garments, home knits, accessories. These could be for a company wanting to add hand knits to their range, a yarn company wanting to add pattern support for their yarns, or publishers. It can also be done for someone wanting an individually designed one off garment or other project. The design process for a garment starts with a shape, the yarn decided at an early stage. The stitch is next, with a swatch to try out the yarn and stitches, followed by a spec with technical information for the pattern writers. Home and accessories follow a similar route.
Patterns are the next stage once the yarn and stitches are working well, and if there is colourwork that all the colours work well together. Patterns are written, with charts done where they are needed. You may need a pattern written so that you can organise knitting yourself. Garment patterns will be graded to your requirements. Accurate yarn quantities used will be part of the pattern.
Samples are the final stage in the process. Once the patterns are written, and the yarn ordered, samples are made by a team of experienced knitters. They are then finished ready for photography. You may require a combination of a pattern and a sample. It would be useful for designers to have patterns and samples ready to go to the client. Companies wishing to add hand knits to their range can use these as a starting point for production, and will be able to work out costings from these.
Swatches can be useful to try out yarn, stitch and colour combinations. These are A4 size to see clearly how the finished design will look. It might be useful as an addition to sketches for a company producing hand knits, which can be shown to customers before samples are produced.