So a goal I set for myself this summer was to write my first crochet pattern. Nothing super fancy or difficult, but mostly as a test of discipline and patience. As a yarn-thusiast, I follow a lot of pattern writers of all types and I see how beautiful their projects come out and it’s inspiring but it was also a little discouraging at first. Without seeing what goes on behind the curtain of the internet, it was like these designers could pump out a pattern in a few days and have a perfect finished object. Slightly discouraging… BUT I’ve decided to put those feelings aside and commit to taking the time to really understand what it takes.
I’m not a super patient person and honestly, I hate counting stitches. But this project – I’m making a sweater – has been super fun for me to write out. I’m learning a lot about myself and what I like and don’t like, what stitches I want to use where and for what purpose. I’m starting to realize that I understand a lot more than I think I do. It’s not as foreign as I thought it would be, I guess because I read patterns very regularly.
But this stuff ain’t no joke… as the title states. As with many creation methods, it can be quite tedious, and as much as I love tedious tasks, this was different. I had to have frogged my work ten times before I got in the groove of things. I made three swatches and tested different hook sizes. I tried single crochets versus double crochets. I haven’t gotten too far into the pattern simply because it’s something I work on at night after dinner. But I want this pattern to be perfect.
Okay… I know saying “perfect” may set the bar too high. Fair enough. But truthfully, it’s the way my brain works. It may not be a perfect pattern in the end but striving for perfection is how I keep myself from being lazy and not taking the time and paying attention to the details.
I’m starting to understand what goes into this monster that is pattern writing. I hope to be able to increase the difficulty of my patterns as I progress.