Here’s an Intro to my Intro, and I’ll keep this brief and non-emotional:
A few years ago, I wrote a guest post over at Whipup.net about how to write a crochet pattern, and it was one of my more popular posts. While I knew WhipUp would stop being updated in 2013, I thought it would still remain online (it didn’t).
A handful of people have asked that I re-post this article here, and now that this guest post is no longer accessible (not even to me), I have been working hard to get this going again.
I have put as much detail into “How to Write a Crochet Pattern” as I think is necessary to get you started, and I’ll be splitting this into a five or six part series here, to keep it a bit more manageable. Nice, bite-sized chunks:
If you want to see the whole thing right away, here is a PDF (with clickable links) for instant download! This is text-only, to help save your printer. AND, it has some extras I won’t be sharing here.
First, I do not think you need to be an expert crocheter to write a pattern. Yes, it helps to have lots of experience, but it can also hinder. A true beginner may be able to write a true “beginner level” pattern. When you are a beginner, you are acutely aware of what you need to know from a pattern, what will help you with your pattern, and you’ll know how to speak to a newbie crocheter. It can’t hurt to try your hand at it! Even if you are pretty new, give it a shot.
Like anything, writing a crochet pattern is a learning experience. Writing a pattern will help you become better at understanding other crochet patterns! It will also make you a stronger crocheter in general.
Finally, don’t be intimidated! Try your hand at pattern-writing and keep it for yourself. You don’t have to sell your pattern or publish it publicly. This is actually how I got started writing patterns. A million years ago (just kidding, like, eight years ago), I sold physical crochet items in my Etsy store. I needed to keep a real record of what I was making, so I could replicate it again. This meant writing patterns for myself.
Get the entire printable PDF for How to Write a Crochet Pattern here. It’s only four bucks, has tons of links, zero photos, a few extras, and lots of love! This is a great reference to have on-hand.
Read along right here! I’ll update once a week or more. How to Write a Crochet Pattern: