I’m sure you’ve noticed that each designer has a slightly different writing style for their patterns. Most of these subtleties go unnoticed, but some are obvious to crocheters. One of the most obvious ones – stitch counts are included at the end of each row/round. Below are a few of the basic things to consider when writing your pattern.
Welcome to Part 9 of the “Designing Your Own Crochet Pattern” Series. This series will guide you through the basics of crochet pattern design. If you are just joining us and would like to start at the beginning, read Part 1 – the 6 Basic Steps of the Design Process. Even if you have no desire to be a designer, you can still benefit from this series.
Find Your Writing Style
Writing a pattern doesn’t have to be super hard but you should make sure you include all the info that a crocheter could possibly need. I would rather give a crocheter too much info than not enough. Every designer should use a template. It doesn’t have to be a fancy template, but it should be set up so that all you’ll have to do is plug in your info and add the pattern. A good template will help you do the following 3 things.
- Be thorough – Make sure your layout has everything you could possibly need to add. After all, you don’t want to forget things like gauge, special stitches, hook size, etc.
- Be consistent – When you always use the same layout it looks more professional, crocheters will know what to expect, and you will have a greater chance of return customers.
- Be professional – When you use a standard template it gives your patterns the same layout and customers will know what to expect. Plus, it just looks better.
A Writing Style that Works for You
There are many ways you can go about setting up a template. I use a basic template for my patterns and then add or remove any sections that don’t pertain to that specific pattern. Take some time to find a style that fits your brand. One that works best for you will make all the difference in your writing style not to mention your customers will be happy.
For more on this series, read:
Part 1 – 6 Basic Steps of the Design Process
Part 2 – Finding the Perfect Design Ideas
Part 3 – Finding Your Designing Niche
Part 4 – Creating Your Brand
Part 5 – Steps to Publishing Your Crochet Pattern
Part 6 – Basic Copyright for Crocheters
Part 7 – Should You Charge for Patterns? The Free vs. Paid Dilemma
Part 8 – The 3 P’s of a Professional Crochet Designer