Have you ever wanted to be a crochet designer? I recently took a survey and you (my readers) wanted some more info on the design process. I decided to have some blog posts focused on just that, but before I get into how to be a designer, I thought I would go over some reasons why you might not want to be.
Please note: I have received a lot of negative comments about this post recently. I am not a negative person by nature – quite the opposite. I was trying to come up with a catchy title while giving some true and practical reasons why you may not want to be a designer.
Not to be a Crochet Designer
- No desire – Not everyone has an interest and that’s a good thing!
- You don’t like math – Sometimes there’s a lot of math involved because of sizing.
- Time – It takes a lot of time to make something pattern worthy.
- Customer service – If you write a pattern you should be available if anyone has questions or needs help. It’s not required, but this is my personal soap box. I can’t tell you how many emails I get because someone needs help and the designer of the pattern they bought won’t get back to them.
- Too many other designs out there you want to make – There are tons of great designs already out there! Some people just want to sit and crochet as a way to relax. Sometimes I love nothing more than to follow a pattern because they’ve already done all the work for me.
- Lack of patience – You will need lots of it!
- Not enough experience – There is so much to learn about crochet. Take your time and get good at crocheting. Practice! There will come a time when you’re ready to design something.
- You don’t feel like you’re creative enough – If you don’t have any ideas, don’t try to force a pattern to come to life.
- Fear – You’re afraid no one will like/buy your patterns. I had to overcome this. Some of my greatest patterns were ones that sat here unfinished because I hesitated and wondered if anyone would really like them.
- Passion – If a passion for design is missing you will come to resent it and not finish what you start. You need that passion.
Being a designer is more than just publishing a pattern. You have to design it and make it (and keep frogging util you get it just right). Then you write the pattern, have it tested, make corrections, have it edited, etc. It can be a very long process at times. I can’t tell you how many times I have to frog a project because it’s not perfect. And when you’re writing a pattern, it needs to be perfect.
***Word of caution*** If it’s not your passion, don’t do it. You will just end up burned out and not loving what you’re doing. Stick with what fuels you and makes you excited to crochet. There are so many great designers out there. We need to support each other.