Creating your own patterns can be either quite simple or very difficult depending on your experience as a crocheter, your creativity, and your ability to see mistakes in the patterns quickly. It can also be a very frustrating experience which can take hours and hours, especially when creating something very unique that no one has come up with yet. However, if you are someone who is bored with crocheting the same thing everyone else is making, or have a unique item in mind that you cannot find a pattern for, then creating your own pattern is something you might want to consider.

When I created my first pattern, it was for a slightly different reason than the two I just mentioned. My crocheting skills were very basic, but I still wanted to make a hat that looked like a beret that I had seen online. So I set to work, watching videos that gave different examples of crocheting the headband part of a hat and others showing how to increase and decrease stitches. I grabbed a ball of yarn that I has lying around, a 5.5mm hook, and started creating a headband that would give me the look I was going for, while also being do-able for my skill set.

I crocheted until it was long enough to go around my head, then fastened the two ends together creating the headband of the hat. Part way there! I was in a good mood, it had turned out just right and it gave me the motivation I needed to complete the hat. From there it was simply a decision about which of the few stitches I knew, was going to be the one to use for the body of the hat, and where to increase and when to decrease.

So for me, my first taste of creating my own pattern was very good overall. Since then, however, I have had many instances where the look I was trying to create, did not turn out and I had to undo hours of work. For you, it may take many tries to get the look you are going for, or it may turn out the very first time. I encourage you though, either way, there is something really great about a product that you have designed and it will grow your abilities as a crocheter.

Here is the first hat I made a pattern for - I was very pleased with how it turned out.

A few things to think about

When starting to create a pattern, it is important that you think through the kinds of things you will need to know, as well as buy any extra materials that you might need. For example you will need to put thought into

  • What kind of yarn will give the right kind of shape for your product
  • What kinds of stitches you will need to know
  • Do you want your item lined and if so, what material will you use to do so
  • Do you want any buttons, ribbon, straps, metal rings, etc,
  • How much yarn you will need to complete the project (having extra is far better than not having enough)
  • How much time are you willing to put into creating this project (that will help you get an idea of the kind of complexity you are going to want to have)
  • Are you going to have a brim and if so, are you going to double the thickness to get the right shape
  • How much is the project needing to stretch (If, for example, you are doing a sweater, you are going to need to make sure that the neck area will stretch enough to get over your head.)
  • Do you need to increase or decrease and if so, do you know how to do that
  • Do you want to add things like embellishments or pom poms and if so, are you going to make them or buy them

And depending on your project, there will be other things you will need to consider. The point is, put a lot of thought into it. One of the quickest ways to lose motivation is to get part way done and realize you don't know the stitches you need to know, you are missing materials, or you don't really know what you are trying to create.

In the end, the answer to the question - Is it worth the effort? really is personal, and is something you will learn once you try it for yourself. For me, I would have to say ABSOLUTELY. It is a way to get creative, make patterns that work well with the type of materials I make (like handspun wool yarn), and help me to understand the work and effort others in the industry put into creating their own things.

Thanks for joining me on my journey