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I’ve had people ask me before how I write crochet patterns. Okay, perhaps I’m a little hesitant to answer in detail, but I’m more than happy to share some of my own process. I often create out of need, to be honest. (Although I use that word need lightly.) I need or want something for myself or a family member, but rather than look for something online, I dream up something in my head. My current need is hair for my daughter. She’s so cute, but she’s getting along to six months now and still completely bald! Poor baby! So, because it’s cool here even in summer, she needs a cap, and a summer cap at that, so cotton instead of wool or acrylic, and because she has no hair, I want to make her something that will look cute and maybe even a little hair like. So I dreamed up a hat of cascading ruffles.
Okay, so I have a sort-of picture in my head. Then what? Well, I have often thought that I’d be best to sit down and write out something concrete, but this pretty much never works for me. Instead, I pick up a ball of yarn and my crochet hook and just get to it. It can be pretty funky the first time around! But after a couple, two, three, four, five… tries I have something great in front of me. It fits, it looks cute, it’s just right! By this point, I usually have the pattern fairly well memorized in my head, so it’s time to write down what I know. Just get it down on paper! Then, it’s off to crochet another one or two or.. and finalize the pattern as I go.
I can tell you the pattern that took the longest and most revisions hands down: The Busy Bunz Wool Soaker. I’ve got variations of that one all over the house - some that fit some that don’t, some that just need to be tossed! Although my recent baby booties pattern wasn’t far off. When I finally collected all the variations along the way I was surprised how many I’d made!