How to Make Your Own Crochet PatternBy Rachel Choi – 8 Comments
As a designer of many crochet patterns, I’m often asked how I design my own patterns. The design process is probably different from designer to designer and there’s no one right or wrong way to design. Outlined below is what I do each time I make a new crochet pattern. My process probably isn’t as strict or structured as you may think! It is a fairly simple and easy process.
Get an Idea
It all starts with an idea. My ideas normally come from a reader who requests a pattern or may be something I want to crochet for a friend, family member, or myself. Your ideas can come from anywhere! If I have a hard time visualizing an idea, I try to draw a rough sketch of what I want. You don’t have to be an artist (I know I’m not) to make a sketch, your sketch doesn’t even have to make sense to anyone but yourself. Once you have an idea, even if it is very vague, you’re ready to turn the idea into crochet stitches.
Convert Idea into Crochet Stitches
I believe that turning an idea into actually stitches is the most important part. The more thought I put into this step, the less frogging (rip-rip-ripping out crochet stitches) I’ll have to do later. This is where I decide which crochet stitches will give me the shape and texture I want. Determining what stitches to use becomes easier as you crochet more and more, so don’t be discouraged if you’re not sure what to do if it’s your first attempt. I try to visualize the stitches as best as possible. I normally don’t write the stitches down, or draw any sort of diagram, unless I’m afraid I’ll forgot. This is also a good time to determine which crochet hook will give you the tightness or looseness you want in your fabric.
Crocheting is the fun part! Grab your hook and start crocheting. Once I start crocheting I relax and enjoy it. Most of the thinking has already been done so I simply crochet along with the idea and stitches that I’ve already put together in my head. While I’m crocheting I write the pattern down row by row, so I don’t accidentally miss a step. If I’ve thought out my stitches well, everything is smooth sailing from here, but if not, I’ll fix and perfect anything that’s needed.
Fix and Prefect
Making mistakes is human, I do it all the time. Most of the time all I need are some small adjustments: changing hook size, using a different stitch, adjusting number of stitches, subtracting rows, etc. Dreadfully, I must admit there are times when I frog everything and start over. Whiling fixing and perfecting the pattern, I try to remind myself to be patient through the whole process.
As I mentioned earlier, there isn’t just one way to make your own crochet patterns. Feel free to try some of my pattern making process, but also add in what works for you. If you’ve designed a few patterns, I’d love to hear from you! What is your process like? What works for you?