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rynimari
« on: November 29, 2008 09:57:40 AM »

Hi everyone!

I have a question about writing crochet patterns....

I have been scribbling down notes for years on things I have made and am thinking about starting to publish my own patterns somehow.

so my question---> what makes a good pattern a good pattern?

What information makes a pattern stand out?

I am thinking that a lot of my patterns could be basic patterns that have lots of different creative ideas for personalizing each item.

Thanks ahead of time for any input you provide!
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008 12:03:15 PM »

Patterns that have charts, or chart and text. I think it's a cultural thing, since most crocheted pattern are charted over here. So I find text patterns often very unclear.

And if it's a text pattern, I appreciate when it mentions if it uses British or American terminology. It's a detail but it saves frustation  Tongue

Your idea of including ways to modify the pattern is great  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008 01:33:27 PM »

Patterns that have charts, or chart and text. I think it's a cultural thing, since most crocheted pattern are charted over here. So I find text patterns often very unclear.

And if it's a text pattern, I appreciate when it mentions if it uses British or American terminology. It's a detail but it saves frustation  Tongue

Your idea of including ways to modify the pattern is great  Smiley


Where can i find info about British terminology for crochet?
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2008 02:31:30 PM »

There is a chart here : http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.htm

It's really a little thing, but it can get confusing Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2008 05:46:49 AM »

In addition to the ideas already mentioned, with which I wholeheartedly agree, I'd like to add that I really appreciate it when a pattern says at the end of each row how many stitches there are supposed to be in total in that row.  It helps me to double check that I'm doing it right. ^_^
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2008 11:03:40 AM »

a really good pattern for me- mainly if it's for a garment- will have schematics where it shows all the different measurements and what they're supposed to be in the end.

when i was starting out- i got really frustrated by patterns where the designer seemed to assume you'd know something without writing it into the pattern. i can't think of a specific example right now, though.
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