I hope you don't mind if I chime in (I'm the editor of Crochet me
). I absolutely agree that there's a lot of difference between the types of patterns published in crochet and in knitting, in both free web sites and in print magazines. You have hit on the challenge of designing flattering patterns in crochet due to the nature of crocheted fabric, but I also want to point out some other things.Crochet me
has been in publication for only a year. In that time it's grown immensely, and the quality of the designs published has improved. But remember, I can only publish designs that are submitted. Please, please, please submit designs! I very rarely receive garment designs; it's not like I'm turning great patterns away. I look forward to the day when most of the patterns we publish are garments of one type or another -- garments that are fabulous and fashionable and make us all drool and run for our hooks. I believe I've received fewer than a handful of garment submissions during the entire life of the magazine. Tell all your crocheting friends -- garments are in high demand!
There are also industry challenges to crochet -- money is not yet as readily available to crochet publications as it is to knitting publications. Many in the industry still assume that crocheters don't spend a lot of money on yarn and such, so they're reluctant to advertise to crocheters. Because of this, crochet publications frequently have a more limited budget than knitting publications. Crochet me
does not bring in enough money to pay for designs, so we rely on the generosity and dedication of crochet designers who are published on our site only in return for the exposure, my promise to promote them whenever possible, and their satisfaction in knowing they're helping to promote innovation in the craft. Publishing in Crochet me
does give really excellent exposure. And behind the scenes, we're doing everything we can to try to start attracting more advertising revenue.
Until then, I understand your frustration. But I also urge you not to give up on crochet. Sure, you should learn to knit! Knitting is great. But be patient; crochet is really coming along.
We have open submissions. Check out our guidelines here: http://www.crochetme.com/submit.html
. I hope to hear more from you soon.