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Topic: Ami Pattern Makers, when did you begin designing your own?  (Read 4332 times)
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2011 09:24:57 AM »

All I can say is that when you are ready, you will know it.  Not everyone wants to design their own.  There is a kind of relaxing feeling when you don't have to think so hard to create something lol.  I recently used some patterns for some scrubbies for a swap.  It was the first time I used a pattern in yeeeeaaars.... and it was really relaxing.  I do love designing though.

Just don't take someone else's pattern and change it slightly though - I really believe that to design, you should come up with it right from the beginning.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2011 05:51:03 PM »

I havn't made my own pattern, really but I have done a few freestyle crochet characters based off of cartoons. There was and still is a lot of trial and error. I like working with other people's patterns (especially the crafter patterns) but it's really rewarding to know that it is your design or construction.

I think I had been crocheting for two or three years when I decided to try to freehand but I probably could have started sooner. I think if you understand the basics of circular/spiral crochet you can probably start. A lot of patterns are mostly the same basic spheres/tubes in varying proportions but different details. Even the more complex stuff like the Tenth Doctor doll that pickled_peppers put up recently is a lot of the same skills just cleverly combined. Maybe not the hands (wow.)
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