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Endless Customization: Your Ultimate Guide for How to use Doodle Patterns!

Get ready to build a custom colorwork pattern that you won’t be able to put down!

At Pacific Knit Co., I design modern, modular patterns that allow makers to design and knit exactly what they want within an easy to follow structure. Because every motif works with every pattern shape, Doodle Patterns enable endless customization within one pattern!

4 Easy Steps to Doodle

  • Choose your Pattern: Choose from several basic knit accessory patterns to build your design! Each one is written as in a recipe style, empowering makers to customize and modify!

  • Choose your Motifs: Dozens of whimsical colorwork motifs help you find your personal vibe! Mix-and-match the motifs between sets and play with the order to create your unique design!

  • Choose your Yarn & Colors: Learn to build your own color kit using single skeins, stash yarn, or leftovers, because you can use as little as 10g per color!

  • Start Knitting! That's it! Just follow the pattern instructions and start knitting. When you get to the colorwork section, you'll work your first chart, then your next, then your next…

The Doodle Framework is clear, consistent, and everything works together, which creates approachable patterns for both beginners or seasoned knitters who want to learn how to design patterns, but just don't know where to start.

Use this framework to knit patterns again and again, because it’s different every time!

Step 1: Choose your Pattern

Doodle patterns are the background for your design! Choose from accessories like cowls, hats, and socks, or design your own shawl or sweater if you’re feeling creative!

Start with the basic pattern shapes below. Use these pattern recipes to learn the basic construction and techniques behind your favorite shapes - AND how to modify them. Then you can start to branch out to design your own!

Check out the list of Doodle Patterns available to plug your charts into:

  • Doodle Cowls: A Standard Cowl is a great place to start, because cowls don’t require any shaping, increasing, or decreasing - simply cast on and start knitting! Want to learn a new skill? Try an infinity or reversible cowl to practice provisional cast on and grafting!
  • Doodle Hats: Ready to go to the next level? Add a little crown decrease! The hat pattern comes with flexible brim options and two different crown decreases. Plus, hats make great gift projects because they are quick, fun, and portable!
  • Doodle Socks: The ultimate colorwork level – socks! Time to add some heel work (short rows) and wedge toe decreases. Not as scary as it sounds, I promise! These socks make a great base pattern to plug and play ANY colorwork theme. Try Winter or Autumn socks for seasonal favorites!


You can also use ANY other pattern that has an area available to add some colorwork! All you need to do is ensure you can incorporate a 24-stitch chart repeat. Try adding some Doodles to your favorite sweater, shawl, blanket, scarfs, etc.

Step 2: Choose your Motifs

Doodle patterns can have one theme – or many! Choose from hundreds of mix-and-match micro charts to make exactly what you want. All of the charts work together, so the opportunities are endless.

Pick up a Doodle Card Deck or add digital Chart Expansion Packs to grow your chart library!

Most of the Doodles are arranged in “themes.” Review the list below to decide where you want to start - or check out the entire Doodle Collection!

  • Basic Doodles are great for beginners and are perfect for a filler between charts. They include simple dots, plus signs, zig zags, diamonds, and other non-thematic motifs.
  • Spring Doodles are all about flowers, leaves, bugs, and spring animals. They include butterflies, bees, snails, tulips, daisies, mums, winding vines, and many other floral designs.
  • Summer Doodles are all about hiking in the mountains and swimming in the ocean. They include waves, octopus, seaweed, shells, boats, sunglasses, fish, rivers, mountains, tress, and more.
  • Autumn Doodles are all about chilly (rainy) autumn walks in the woods. They include dozens of fall leaves, umbrellas, rain boots, pumpkins, acorns, foxes, sheep, apples, trees, mushrooms, and more.
  • Winter Doodles are all about snowy wonderlands, knitted goods, and cozy coffee. They include snowflakes, stairs, snowmen, reindeer, holly berries, pine trees and boughs, Nordic stars, and other festive motifs.


Already have a few of the base patterns? Since all of the charts work together, you can pick up the Chart Only Expansions, and expand your library at a lower cost point then buying a whole pattern again!

Step 3: Choose your Yarn/Colors

Here’s your chance to get creative with color! Head to your LYS or dive into your stash to find the perfect yarns for your new project. Don’t have the full skeins you need? Don’t worry! The best part is that you can really use anything you have (even tiny leftovers) because you can use as little as 10g per color to build what works for you!

Here are some of my favorite tips for choosing yarns & colors:

  • Solids vs. Variegated: Colorwork typically works best when you use solids or semi-sold colors, as it allows for the smaller stitches to really pop out. While variegated yarns can cause some of the smaller colorwork sections to become blurry, if you want to use that special variegated skein, I recommend using it as a contrast color and picking a main color that is solid or neutral.
  • Color & Contrast: You can’t really go wrong with color choice in Doodle patterns. Try a themed or coordinated palette, use just two colors for a minimalist look, or create a rainbow by using minis or leftovers – the opportunities are endless! Colorwork tend to show up best when you have high contrast colors within a motif. This means you will want to choose yarns that have a difference in underlying tones.
PRO TIP: Use the black and white filter on your camera to quickly check the contrasts. You’ll be looking for colors to be a different tone from each other.
  • Yarn Weight: While the majority of the Doodle patterns are written for a DK or light worsted weight, the 24-stitch chart repeat is versatile so all you need to do is make sure your new stitch count is a multiple of 24-stitches (i.e. a whole number when divided by 24).
  • Yarn Fiber: Use pretty much anything you can block – but usually it’s recommended to use wool or a wool blend for colorwork. Although I encourage you to play with it and try other fibers or even hold double with mohair to make a fuzzy motif!


You don’t need any yarn kits or full skeins for these projects - less than 10g will do! This is the perfect pattern to try to combine different weights, fibers, and dyers! Because anything is possible, this will quickly become your new favorite stash buster!

    Step 4: Start Knitting

    Let’s Do(odle) This! Your unique Doodle pattern is created by combining micro charts together in different arrangements. Once you have your motifs, pattern, and yarn in hand, it’s time to get started!

    Pick your first chart and first colors and start knitting your pattern!

    All of the Doodle Pattern charts work together, so get creative with how to use them. Use some or all of the charts in a theme, repeat the same chart in a simple motif, or try different color combinations to make it pop. Shift the charts as necessary (see example below) to align each consecutive chart as desired. Some Doodle patterns work well with motifs offset from the previous one. Most importantly – be creative!


    • If helpful, print and cut out charts to rearrange, re-draw your charts on graph paper, or check out the Doodle Card Decks for a fully modular chart option.
    • Create the ultimate stash buster by changing yarns every few rows, or with every chart repeat.
    • Alternate dark and light in the MC and/or CC in consecutive charts for visual balance.
    • Always hold the CC dominant for each chart to make the motif pop.
    • Add or remove MC rounds between charts to vary the final look


    Don't know where to start? Don't worry! My Doodle Patterns are designed to be completely flexible and this workbook will help get you started with ease!

    Seriously, knit exactly what you want, every time, in an easy-to-follow modular structure.

    Grab your FREE Doodle Workbook today and start designing your own Doodle!