Almost done — we’re at final pattern production! At this stage of how to write a crochet pattern, you’ll need to make your pattern professional and presentable. Look at and research lots of professional patterns. What do you like? What don’t you like? Take notes and make sketches. Use this to help guide how you will lay out your final pattern. I’ll be discussing Step 4 of how to write a pattern here, and you can see the rest of the series as it unfolds:
(3) Making the Piece
(5) Now What?
If you want to see the whole series right away, or would like the information in one spot for easy reference, 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.
Materials for Step Four:
word processing program like InDesign, MS Word, or Google Docs
photo-editing program like Photoshop
drawing program (like Adobe Illustrator) for making charts, or
a scanner to scan your hand-drawn chart
You’ll want at least one photo to include with your written pattern.
Your hand-written pattern
Photos of finished piece and any instructional photos
Your finished crochet item
For a chart: either your hand-drawn chart and a scanner, or your final designed chart from a digital program (like Adobe Illustrator). In a pinch, you could take a very clear photo of your hand-drawn chart instead.
A ruler or measuring tape to re-check your measurements and gauge
If you are only publishing your pattern on your own website or blog, you can just type out your pattern there. For any pattern you will sell or shop around to publications, you will need to type out your pattern in a word processing program and (usually) export it as a PDF.
Items you’ll want to include first are: a detailed materials list, a difficulty rating, a list of the abbreviations used, special notes, special stitches, gauge, and final dimensions.
Consider font size, spacing, bold type, and other design elements so that your pattern will be easily readable and easy to follow from start to finish.
Save your document frequently.
Save your original document, as well as the pattern in PDF format.
Print out your final pattern. Proof-read and check for readability. File this print-out away in case your computer ever crashes or eats your files!