Imperfect Pattern Design

My last post was about Rethinking this Crochet Design Thing, and I’ve been doing lots of thinking. I’ve found, for me, that designing the pattern before I pick up a hook is taking much longer, but is proving to be more accurate. There are still moments when even though something works mathematically, it just doesn’t look nice visually. That perfectly-calculated increase just doesn’t look as smooth, or the neckline actually fits better with less stitches. Either way, the pattern will have to be continually modified along the way during the design process. Sort of like when using pattern design software.

This is something I will continue to explore, and I will share as I work my way through this.

Rethinking this Crochet Designer Thing

Beautiful Baby - © Beatrice Killam -
Since the beginning of this year, I have been thinking long and hard about what direction I want to take with my crochet business, and I decided to pump the breaks on everything until I figure this out.

I haven’t submitted any designs to publications in a long time (sorry you won’t see anything from me in Interweave Crochet or any other magazine for a while).  One of the reasons for this is that I am revamping how I create my patterns.  Organic crochet design only truly works when I am designing one-of-a-kind items.  Yes, I can document the entire creation process and turn my notes into a working pattern, but I think it leaves more room for errors and actually requires more work.  It’s true that the initial creation process is faster for me because I have a creative flow happening.  I can visualize what I want to make, pick up my hook and yarn, and usually create exactly what I envisioned, but when it time to explain technically how I achieved the design, some things are just difficult to explain in writing for me.  Also, when drafting multiple sizes, some things just don’t work for all sizes, and there may be no work around solution.

This is just one of the thoughts I’m working through right now.  I’ll come back later to add more on this.

Don’t worry, I am not giving up on crochet design.  In fact, I am working on a design for an upcoming project, and as soon as I am free to discuss it, I will share the news.

Also, the AfroStitch Crochet Conference that was held in February was wonderful.  I haven’t been back to blog about it so I owe a post or two about that one.