3 Things to Remember When Creating Your Own PatternsBy Tameko Barnette – 13 Comments
One of my favorite things to do as a crocheter is to either tweak a pattern I’m working on or create a whole new pattern. It’s very gratifying to see a finished piece that I know I created all on my own.
Have you found yourself feeling the urge to create your own crochet patterns? If so, here are a few things to remember when creating your own patterns.
1. Make Swatch Gauges. This is important because you want to get a clear view of your pattern to find out if it’s going to work or not. Let’s face it. Some ideas may not always turn out to be beautifully-crafted items. However, by creating some swatch gauges, you can immediately figure out if your idea can be a finished item that you will be proud of.
2. Try Different Size Hooks. Another hard truth to swallow about our favorite craft is that not every crochet hook is meant for every pattern, which is why it is imperative that you try different sizes for your crochet pattern idea. HINT: If you are looking for a ‘universal’ hook for most patterns, try the J size. I’ve noticed that it seems to work with just about any pattern. Bear in mind, you shouldn’t use a J size hook for a comfy, thick afghan or prayer shawl. Use the hook that will create the texture and look you are going for with your project.
3. Use Your Own Creation. Ok, my fellow crocheters, it’s a fact of life, if you won’t use your own creation, who will? *smile* Be sure to test out your own creation. If you’ve made an afghan, try it while reading or watching television one night. If you’ve made a pair of socks, try them on for size to see how they look and feel. This way you know you’ve created something that is not only lovely to look at, but also useable.
Do you have any ideas for those who like to create their own patterns? Please share. We’d love to hear from you.