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How-To: Write a Crochet Pattern

Crochet, tutorial  |  September 29th 2011  |  0 Comment
Belt gusset purse and Pretty little pleats bag

Heidi’s Method for Creating a Crochet Pattern
Hello there, Whipup.net readers! Today I’m going to share my process for creating a crochet pattern. By no means is this a scientific-one-size-fits-all process — this is just my method — and I hope it encourages you to create your own patterns! I think purses and bags are a great place to start building your pattern arsenal because you can be less strict about gauge and you don’t have to worry about sizing (like with a clothing item). This method has four key steps: (1) inspiration, (2) sketching for design and construction, (3) making and drafting, and (4) finalizing your pattern. Ready? Let’s go!

Blue raspberry evening bag

Inspiration can come from anywhere. For me, crochet inspiration usually falls into one of three categories: from a crochet stitch, from a non-crochet item, or from necessity. Do you ever see a beautiful or interesting stitch that you just can’t wait to try out? Making your own pattern is the perfect opportunity to do so! My Blue Raspberry Evening Bag [Pictured above] sprung from a recent obsession with the crocodile stitch. Vintage pattern books, which I count in the “stitch inspiration” category, are also excellent jumping-off points — For example, you might not want a granny square vest, but maybe you do want a skirt made from hexagon motifs (or a tote bag).

Non-crochet items are great inspiration, as they usually stretch you to think in new ways. If I see a purse or bag that I like, I try to visualize it in crochet. My Belt Gusset Purse and Pretty Little Pleats Bag are both direct responses to leather or cloth purses that I saw while running errands [both pictured at top].

And sometimes, there’s just something that you need but can’t find anywhere. Like this Tiffin Set. If there’s something that you’ve been wanting or needing, but can’t find anywhere, it’s a pretty good bet you’re not the only one (and this goes for bag designs, too)!

So go on, get inspired! Keep your eyes peeled and your mind open. Having an inspiration board and/or a sketchbook is helpful. I keep mine at Pinterest, if you’re curious.


Many of us know our way around a crochet hook well enough to create simple projects on the fly, but get completely intimidated when it comes to recording the stitches so we can make the same project again or share the pattern with others. Heidi from Speckless shared her method for creating crochet patterns—from inspiration to charting—on Whip Up, and it really demystifies the process. Now, go forth and create!

source: www.etsy.com

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