Let’s Modify Crochet Patterns!By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 20 Comments
Since I started teaching crafts and getting involved in the online community, I’ve noticed that some crafters are very hesitant to modify crochet patterns. There could be several reasons for this point of view. Perhaps this crocheter is afraid of doing it “wrong” or s/he is unsure of how the finished product’s look will change in a different color or yarn.
Some crocheters will relate to this and others will not. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed the idea that crochet allows me to make design choices, even if they are as simple as choosing colors. I’d even go a bit further to say that I try not to do my projects so they look just like the picture. However, I’ve heard a lot of stories about people who do not craft that way, and choose to follow the pattern to the letter, including yarn colors and brands.
For instance, a crafter might see a beautiful sweater pattern that calls for a specific type and color of yarn, as is often seen in pattern books and magazines. If the yarn is not available in his or her area, or maybe if it is too expensive, he or she will feel unable to substitute a readily available yarn or something from his or her stash. Therefore, he or she will simply find another pattern and leave that beautiful sweater unmade.
Even if substituting yarns feels like no big deal, what about changing the length of something? What about adding a different trim? What about leaving out a design element? For whatever reason, some of us do not feel empowered to change a pattern or design, but we should.
The power of craft is largely the power to personalize. While the act of creating has its own benefits, the experience can be enriched by experimenting with different design elements and making a piece your own. So I hereby grant you permission to modify your crochet creations at will. If you see a crochet pattern you like, you should just go for it. If there is a design element that isn’t for you, you should change it. Above all, you should never hesitate to substitute yarn brand or color!
Make crochet choices that suit you, and enjoy every minute of creating a piece that is uniquely you. If you make a mistake, learn from it. That’s what life is all about anyway. Check out the Tips for Adjusting Crochet Patterns!
How do you prefer to craft? Do you like to match the picture, or do you tend to change patterns? Have you ever been hesitant to change a design element in a pattern? Why or why not?