Crochet Pattern Writing with FiberandFern
By Michele Thymmons and Brie Kvalvik of Fiberandfern
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Hello Reader!! Welcome! Brie with Fiber and Fern is a crochet designer with numerous amazing, beautiful, easy to read, and use crochet patterns for hats, gloves, scarves, wall hangings, boot cuffs, and so much more! She shares some of her story as well as some of the resources she has personally used in creating and refining her patterns.
Brie: You can find her crochet deigns in her Fiber and Fern Etsy Shop .
As long as I can remember, I have been crocheting. I remember being taught by both my Grandma and my Mom - but I actually didn’t really develop my skill until recently! About 2 years ago I became pregnant with my second son and was basically confined to the couch because of horrible “morning sickness” (I don’t know why they call it that - mine lasted all day!). I was miserable, depressed, and could barely do anything. That was when I picked up my hook again and crochet became my therapy! I honestly don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had some yarn to play with - it really helped me get through!
My craft quickly turned into designing patterns when I realized I didn’t really find a therapeutic outlet in following patterns and I was more comfortable in the creative process that came from designing. It was a very natural progression.
If you find yourself identifying with the creative design process, I highly encourage you to go for it! It is so rewarding. To make that transition easier for you, here are some of my favorite resources.
StitchFiddle - It is a great FREE tool for designing charts for color charts and stitch charts for crochet patterns! If anyone loves designing, I feel like this is one of the most helpful tools I have used!
Other Bloggers :) Ashleigh from Sewrella has been the biggest inspiration to me! Her blog posts have given me direction on how to get started (and why I should!) I love looking at other bloggers that are successful - and analyzing what has made them successful, how I can implement it, but also still have my own crochet style that differentiates me from them!
The book “350 Crochet Techniques, Tips, and Trade Secrets” by Jan Eaton. This book is a GOLD mine of information! It has information on everything from designing garments, to blocking. I have learned so much from this book - and it has really helped me study the language of crochet.
Pattern testers! Designers should always have pattern testers - especially when they are first starting out! I have learned so much about technical writing and how different people may look at certain directions and come up with something completely different. Also - be sure to invest in PICKY pattern testers - those are the ones that will give you good critiques and take your work to the next level!
Sierra from Knitting Wonders has a PDF worksheet in her Etsy shop that has a basic outline for designing a pattern. It is so nice and intuitive, because you can just fill it in as you are crocheting and it has everything you need (unless you are designing something very complicated).
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Everyone creates, designs, and learns things differently. With this in mind, I’ve tried to include a variety of articles/resources below and will continue to add more even after the article is published. Most of these resources are free but others include classes or resources that are paid.
Ambassador Crochet-Designing Crochet Pattern Series is the first of a series of blog posts regarding the creative process behind a developing a crochet pattern as well as publishing your patten and even basic copyright for crocheters.
The Spruce - Crochet Apps lists out 9 types of apps that can help you with your crochet as well as recommended ones in each category. These types include stitch counter apps, crochet reference apps, project tracking apps, crochet pattern apps, and more.
Craftsy-How to Create a Crochet Pattern is a blog article with several steps recommended to take for those just starting out with creating crochet/knitting patterns. They also have a couple of extra resources they recommend to take that next step to create your own patterns as well as a number of crochet classes, crochet projects kits , and crochet patterns to learn more about various crochet techniques to help grow your crochet skill set.
Wikihow - 12 Steps for Inventing a Crochet Pattern is a list of 12 steps recommended to start you on your way to creating your own pattern.
The Crochetcrowd-Using Graphghans includes resources on how to use graphghans to create your own pattern as well as some of the resources available both free and paid, to create graphghans. This resource is for someone looking to either translate written patterns into a graphghan or use graphgans, may not be for those just starting to learn how to create patterns.
The Complete Guide to Creating Knitting Patterns is a tutorial over 16 days on how to create, test, fine tune, photograph, publish, and more a knitting pattern.
Sistermountain - Designing Knitting Patterns a multi part series in how to start designing knitting patterns. One interesting fact - there are very few male knitting (and I’m sure crochet as well) patterns out there! Sounds like a niche that needs filling :)
Craftsy – Knitting Pattern Designs Classes, is a list of several classes from Craftsy on Knitting Pattern Designs. They also have a couple of extra resources they recommend to take that next step to create your own patterns as well as a number of knitting classes, knitting projects kits , and knitting patterns to learn more about various knitting techniques to help grow your knitting skill set.
Craftsy - 5 of the Best Chart Makers for Knit Designers is a break down of 5 of the most popular online knitting chart makers as well as each ones features and cost.
Chart Minder is a free resource for designing, scanning or customizing your own knitting charts.
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