Crochet Designer Tips for Beginners
Crochet pattern design is not difficult. You simply crochet a piece of fabric into something that is wearable or artistic.
Writing a pattern on the other hand is.
It takes skill to turn a design into a written pattern that is easy to understand for a wide audience.
How Can You Write Your Own Crochet Patterns?
I asked a number of crochet pattern designers what hacks they have for those getting started – Here’s what they shared: (plus a few from crochet blogs I follow)
This tip comes from Amanda Nicole Anderson of.
Organization!! It really helps to be organized and have a game plan on what you’re going to design, when you’re going to have it tested, by how many testers, when you’re going to do photos and when you’re planning on releasing.
2. Finished Edges
When crocheting an edge for a hat or a blanket – crochet one row/round of sc stitches in the same color yarn – before changing colors for the decorative edge – this will give your project a more finished/professional look ~ Rhondda of oombawkadesigncrochet
3. Use a Tech Editor
Stop Using ‘Scrap’ and ‘Small Amount’ – although I know what I’m talking about when I say this, someone who works my pattern may not. Did I mean 1 yard or 5 yards? Although it takes a little more time, it is worth it. ~ (Me via a Guest Post on Moogly Blog – 5 Things I Learned Using A Tech Editor)
4. Swatch and Measure
… it’s time to swatch and gauge. I have to admit this isn’t something I’ve always done. I used to just ‘wing it’ and got lucky quite a bit. But now that I’m designing more clothing items and selling the patterns, I do the swatch and gauge because it makes things easier for me and for those who purchase the crochet pattern to know they are on the right track. – See more at: Sedruola Maruska of YarnObsession
5. Use a Style Sheet
Use the style sheet information to turn your rough, note-taking template into a formal pattern template that you will use to create the actual pattern.
6. Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere
For me, crochet inspiration usually falls into one of three categories: from a crochet stitch, from a non-crochet item, or from necessity. Do you ever see a beautiful or interesting stitch that you just can’t wait to try out? Making your own pattern is the perfect opportunity to do so!
7. Write Down Everything
The most important thing to do when you are writing a pattern for a crocheted item you are designing is- Write down everything you do at the time you are actually making the item. Bella Crochet
8. You Are Already a Designer
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I feel like most crocheters are indeed designers, even if it’s just a tweak of a pattern and even if you have no intention of writing the pattern. Kim Guzman
9. Math is Your Friend
Calculate how many chains you start with along with yarn and hook you are using. Cat’s Rockin’ Crochet (template for designing a one-piece dress, jumper, sweater)
10. Use A Format and Common Stitch Template (stylesheet)
Having a template with your format as well as common stitches, etc. this allows you to quickly customize for the current pattern and add specific instructions. Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
11. Be Available to Your Pattern Testers
It goes without saying that you’ll need to be available to your testers during a pattern test. In addition, these 8 tips will help you to organize (and enjoy! and get a lot out of!) your first pattern test. Marie Segares of The Underground Crafter and Hostess of Creative Yarn Entrepreneur
12. Add Links and Coordinating Items
From a business perspective, I think it’s great to include links at the end to other patterns the person might enjoy if they liked making this one (like coordinating items, something at a similar ability level, etc.) I also include thumbnails of my most popular patterns and a link to a buy 2 or buy 4 patterns discount deal at the end. Jenny Nicholas Thomas of Acorn Tree Creations