A Guide for Writing a Crochet Pattern
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So you have an idea...now what!?!?
In this post, I'll help you turn your amazing idea into a crochet pattern that other makers can follow!
Find your free printable below to help you on your pattern writing journey!
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Everyone has their own pattern writing style, so this post is not a "set in stone" way, but a guide that will give you the basics to pattern writing. It takes practice and lots of trial and error, but eventually you will find the pattern writing style that fits best for you!
WHERE TO BEGIN
After you have crocheted for a while, I'm sure you've started to make create your works of art and now you're ready to share them with the world! (And potentially earn an income, right??)
It helps SO MUCH to take notes while you are making the sample product. I'm definitely speaking from personal experience here! There are so many times where I would get caught up in the fun of creating and making an idea, that I would completely forget to take notes. 🤦🏼♀️
My absolute favorite notebook I use to keep all of my design notes and original patterns is a moleskine squared notebook. (Below)
I love the squared pages so I can make any crochet pattern I'd like: regular crochet, tapestry, cross stitch crochet, corner to corner, tunisian, and so much more! The grids help me map out what I want my finished project to look like. I highly recommend keeping this design journal near at all times. You never know when an idea will strike!
What notes to keep in your design journal?
- Sketches or charts mapping out your idea!
- Name of project
- Yarn you are using -- was it sponsored? If the yarn is sponsored, write the company name down and any important hashtags you are required to use when posting to social media.
- Hook size you are using (I like to write the brand of the hook down just for my personal record--in case I forget. Different hook brands can cause different tension. So if you put your project down for a while, you want to make sure you grab the right hook when you pick it back up.)
- Gauge -- Now I will go more into gauge later, but trust me...you'll want to make a note of this.
- How many yards you used for the project -- I love using this calculator from a fellow designer!
- Write down the pattern as you're making it
- Write down the stitch count at the end of each row/round
- Any special notes -- Anything makers should know about the pattern
- Special Abbreviations -- Are there special abbreviations you need to make sure to include in the pattern? Write them down so you don't forget later!
- Finished Measurements
A design journal is SO IMPORTANT in the design process! I prefer to write down all of my notes and write my patterns out on paper first because let's be honest...you never know when a computer will totally crash or delete everything you just spent hours upon hours creating.
Okay, now we've talked about the designing process...now it's time to get down to business and write your first pattern pdf! Yay, so exciting!!! 🥳
WHAT PROGRAM TO USE TO WRITE A PATTERN
- The program I swear by is Canva. I seriously use Canva for everything! You can use the free version or Canva pro. I personally prefer to use Canva pro because you can create a brand kit. That just means that I can save all of my brand colors, logos, and more for easy use when it's time to make patterns or graphics for my business. (Details on how to write a pattern in Canva coming soon)
- Another option is Microsoft Word. I've seen lots of designers use this simple program and have heard great things! It is all up to personal preference. I think it is a little easier to move pictures around and customize your patterns with Canva, but again...personal preference! Use whatever is more comfortable for you. Either way, it will look amazing!
*Just a little note here before we go on: It does not have to be perfect. I'm going to need you to say this out loud: IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT. Say it, write it down, put it where you can see it. It will not be perfect. If you are waiting for your pattern to be perfect, you will never move forward and publish it. You can do this. Believe in your self and keep moving forward!
WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PATTERN
- Your Logo -- or just your business name if you don't have a logo yet!
- Name -- Don't forget to put your name on the pdf! I like to put my logo at the top and my name write below it. (Shown above)
- Materials Needed -- Make sure to write down everything someone would need to make the product. Even write down basic essentials like scissors, yarn needle, and stitch markers if needed.
- Yards Needed -- I like to include how many yards of each yarn will be needed within the materials section. For example: Medium weight yarn (I used Dishie from We Crochet in the color "Swan."/50 yards
- Skill Level -- Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, or Experienced
- Dimensions -- Finished measurements of product
- Abbreviations -- I include ALL abbreviations someone would find throughout that particular pattern. *Make sure to note whether they are in US Terms or UK Terms.
- Gauge -- Again, this could be a whole blog post so I will get back to this later. But basically, gauge is just a small swatch that can be made to make sure they are using the right hook with their tension. This way their finished project will come out the same size as yours. I like to write it this way: 14 stitches + 17 rows in sc measures 4" x 4" square. If your gauge doesn't match mine, go up or down a hook size depending on your tension.
- Notes - Anything the maker should know before beginning the pattern should go in this section. Example: Need additional help? Visit my youtube channel for a video tutorial.
- Written Pattern -- complete with stitch counts at the end of each round/row.
- Charts (if needed)
- Pictures -- tutorial pictures and finished product pictures
- Assembly instructions (if needed)
- How to Contact -- Where to find you (email, social media, youtube), hashtags to use in instagram posts
- A brief thank you to the maker
- Copyright statement
- Don't forget page numbers!
That's it for Part 1! Make sure to check back very soon for the post on how to write the pattern and more info on organizing it all!
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