Tackle Advanced Crochet Patterns in 3 Easy Steps
We’ve all seen them….. those gorgeous crochet patterns that you just have to make. Then you notice that it’s marked “advanced”. At this point you have 2 choices. Keep looking for something else, or try to tackle it. I know from experience that if you love the pattern enough you won’t be able to get it out of your mind! But do you love it enough to give it a try? Now may be the time…
If you haven’t been crocheting for long your first choice may be to move on and keep searching. Please reconsider! Now, I’m not saying every level of crocheter should tackle an advanced pattern. But there comes a point in time where you need to stretch yourself beyond what you’ve tried in the past.
How to Tackle Advanced Crochet Patterns in 3 Easy Steps
1) Read through the pattern – I can’t tell you how many times I haven’t done this. I used to just skip right over this step. Just do it! It’s amazing what may jump off the page at you. You may notice that the pattern only has stitches that you already know and they’re just combined uniquely. Or you may realize that even though it’s a new stitch, the pattern repeat is only a few stitches so once you get the pattern down it won’t be so bad. This may be the step that can convince you to give it a try.
2) Gauge swatch – If the pattern has a gauge swatch it, make it. Period. End of story. I won’t go into all the reasons why gauge swatch’s are important – that’s what the post “Is Crochet Gauge Important?“ was written for. In terms of advanced patterns, it will help you decide if you can tackle the pattern on a larger scale.
3) Have Confidence – This is the most important step! (It’s also my Word for the Year) You need to believe that you can do it. If you don’t believe you can, then either you won’t try or you’ll be setting yourself up for failure.
You may not be able to make it today, or tomorrow, or even next week but if you keep trying you will eventually be able to do them.
How do you tackle that advanced pattern?