How to Write a Crochet Pattern

How to Write a Crochet Pattern

Many people start out crocheting by using other designers’ patterns. The further you get into it, the more you might say to yourself, “Wow, I think I could make something of my own!”. However, the daunting part is knowing how to write a crochet pattern. It’s really not as hard as it seems, but it can be time-consuming. Hopefully these steps will help you to write a little faster, and get your amazing work out there in the world.

Photographs

One of the most important things you can have in your patterns are well-lit, and original, photographs. You don’t want to overwhelm with photos, but also make sure you had a good amount with different angles of your finished product.

If there are steps to assembling your finished product, step-by-step photos of assembly are super helpful to someone reading your pattern.

Skill Level

When searching for patterns, one of the first things a crocheter will look for is whether or not they think they can complete the project. Pictures may make a pattern seem easier or harder than it actually is. Therefore, making sure you have the skill level listed on your pattern (and in the description of your pattern listing) will keep you from getting negative reviews.

Crochet Skill Levels

Yarn Used

Since even the same weight of yarn can vary in size when a project is completed, knowing what yarn you as the pattern designer used, is helpful. They can choose to use the same yarn, or if that’s not available in their area, something similar.

Remember to also list the exact name of the color yarn you used. This might seem simple, but knowing that the color is “chili red” rather than just “red” will be very helpful in finding the exact yarn to use.

Hook Size

Going along with knowing what yarn you used to design your pattern, using the right hook size is crucial in completing a project that is the same size as your design.

If a crocheter were to go up or down a hook size, this would change the completed size of the project.

Yarn & Crochet Hooks

Get some help figuring out what the right hook size is for your yarn weight.

Other Materials Needed

Once again, even though it might seem obvious, stating all of the supplies you used while designing your pattern will help the maker of your project be organized and ready ahead of time.

If you used scissors to trim any ends, or a yarn needle to weave in those ends, put it on the “Other Materials Needed” list.

Gauge

Gauge is the easiest part of a pattern to forget. It’s the one that most people want to brush off and say that it doesn’t really matter what the gauge is. As long as someone uses the same yarn weight and hook size, it’ll all turn out fine, right? Wrong. Crocheters can all have different tensions, more tight or more loose, than you. Having a gauge to check before starting the project will help them to know if their project will end up the same size as yours.

All it takes for a gauge is running a few quick rows of whatever stitch you’re working with, then measuring it. Say you’re working with single crochets. Work up several stitches across and a few rows up, then measure how many inches that works out to be. State how many stitches and rows you did, and what the final measurement ended up being.

Terms to Know

Crocheters that are looking to branch past the beginner and easy patterns might try out patterns that have more advanced stitches or techniques than what they’re used to. Therefore, having a list of terms to know that includes stitches and any other abbreviations you use throughout your pattern is a helpful reference.

If you use any stitches that require multiple steps to complete, such as a bobble stitch, it’s also helpful to describe that stitch at the beginning of your pattern. This way, the crocheter does not have to go on a search to figure out, or remind themselves, how to complete this stitch while in the middle of your pattern. The less people have to leave your pattern, the better!

Notes

As you’re designing your pattern, I would suggest having a document open on your computer or a sheet of paper handy to write down anything that comes up during the design. This is anything that you can think of that would be helpful to the person reading your pattern.

For example, on my Mini Crochet Gnome Pattern, I have a note stating that the first single crochet of each round is done in the same stitch at the slip stitch from the previous round. This was easier to put in the notes section that to describe at the beginning of each round in the actual pattern.

Contact Information

At the end of all of my patterns, I like to make sure that people know how to get back to me. If they want to share their work with me, or tag me on a social media channel, they can do this. Make sure to put all of your social media channels and website/blog links on all of your patterns so people can find you and more of your design work!

Disclosure

This is last on my list, but a VERY important part of designing a crochet pattern. You want to include in your disclosure whatever you do or do not want people to do with your pattern and/or the finished product from it. Can they give your pattern to anyone they want? If it’s free, probably. If it’s paid, you probably don’t want that.

Therefore, I add a disclosure to the footer of my patterns that states simply not to redistribute or reproduce my patterns in any way. Here is the disclosure I list on my patterns:

 © 2019 Ronni Klein, Noisy Critters Creations & Design. No part of this pattern may be published, resold, reproduced (in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, by photocopying, recording or otherwise), shared, translated or altered without prior permission in writing from the author. You may sell your finished items from this pattern, but do not use my photos in this pattern as your own.

You can feel free to use a version of this! I’m sure when I started out writing patterns, I researched and found a version of this to borrow as well. This way you don’t have to waste time figuring out how and what to write when starting out with how to write a crochet pattern.

Can’t Forget Instructions

Then, get to writing your pattern! I like to write mine as I’m creating it, row-by-row, step-by-step. This way I don’t forget anything or have to go back and try to count stitches, etc. Make sure your instructions are clear and concise, but also to the point. It gets hard to read a super lengthy pattern with a bunch of extra explanations.

Proofread!

Read, read, and re-read your pattern. Then, read it once more when you think you’ve found every possible error. If you want to go the extra step, send it to a trusted friend to read through. Even if they don’t test the pattern for you, having a set of eyes on it to make sure it looks good at first glance will be very helpful.

Testers

It’s easy to skip this step, because you just want to get your design out there into the world. However, even if you just have one or two other people test your pattern, it will greatly benefit you. They may catch an error or be able to make small changes to help make more sense of the pattern. Fresh eyes are always a benefit when you’re learning how to write a crochet pattern!

how to write a crochet pattern

Now that you’ve learned how to write a crochet pattern, it’s time for you to get out there and get designing. I’d love to make it even faster for you by offering you a free crochet pattern template. Just follow the link to get yours!

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