So, you want to create your own pattern? Whether it be for personal use or for sale, you want it to be unique. Creating a pattern can be simple. All you need is an idea, a little crochet knowhow, and a touch of artistic skill.
When I begin to design a pattern, I look for something that I know I can design and make unique by putting my own twist on it. If you are designing something simple like a basket or a beanie, most of the time you can just wing it.
When I’m designing something a little more complicated than a hat or a scarf, I sketch it out. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just a general idea of what I want to make. I like to use multiple color gel pens so I can see the different sections easier. It can also help with deciding what color yarn to use where.
Now that you have a generalized sketch of what you want to create, you need to decide on a stitch. Some stitches can be used as filler stitches. The single crochet can cover an area that needs simple detail or can fill an area that doesn’t need specific detail like the back of an object. Other stitches can give it an added flare like the shell stitch or a picot. Don’t be afraid to look up and try new stitches to best fill the area you need.
Once you get it all sketched and you start the actual crochet part, it may not go as planned. Some of the stitches may have looked one way when you were planning, but when you put it with the previous stitch, or the following stitch, it may not give the desired effect. Don’t fret! It happens to me, too. I have to go back and rethink where I want it to go next. Just be patient and it will come together.
When you start the crochet process of creating your pattern, be sure to have a pen and paper near you. You’ll need to write down what you’re doing as you do it. I suggest at the end of every row write down what you did. And like I just said, it may not go as planned so there will be a lot of lines marked out where you had to go back and rewrite.
Don’t worry about making the written part look perfect the first time around. I don’t even bother with abbreviations the first time through. I have my own version of shorthand and once I get it done, I’ll invite my mom over who is an avid crocheter, too. I’ll have her do the first test of the pattern. If there are any problems with my notes like I forget to write something down or I skipped a step, she’ll notice and make a note of it.
After you do your first test, you need to write the pattern out properly. Here’s a link to a crochet abbreviation chart from the Crafty Yarn Council: https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/crochet-abbreviations. There is a great pattern testing board on ravelry.com (https://www.ravelry.com/groups/free-pattern-testers).
Take a picture of your creation and get on your social networks to see if anyone would like to test your pattern. If you’re going to have people on your social media account test your pattern, you may want to work out an agreement so that your work is done right, on time and is not being distributed without your permission.
When you are ready to publish your pattern, I suggest looking up copyright laws in your state since they can vary slightly.
I wish y’all luck. Creating a pattern can be fun and exciting if you give it a chance. If it starts to get stressful take a step back, work on something else for a couple of hours, and then pick it back up. Have fun and have a happy hippo day!