The Complete Guide to Crochet Design and How to Become a Successful Crochet Designer

Introduction: What is Crochet and What are the Benefits of Using it?

The crochet definition is simply slipping a loop through another loop with a hook. The end result is a finished crocheted "fabric" or surface.

One benefit is when one of your crochet garments accidentally unravels. When this happens, insert your small crochet hook through a chain in the garment. One example is a doily-style texture. Crocheting has to be one of the easiest and most forgiving things to do. In event of a mistake, undo the work many times. Return to your starting point.

Knitting, on the other hand, when making a mistake, is challenging to unravel. What if you have a dropped stitch? A crochet hook can solve this problem by pulling a loop through another loop with a small crochet hook, as described earlier in this article. Fixing the problem is a delicate process. First, secure the stitch with a stitch marker. A safety pin will work fine too. Make sure the stitch does not unravel any further. For more info CLICK HERE to learn how to do so.

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Crochet Patterns: A Beginner's Guide to Creating Your Own Patterns

One guide is to prepare your yarn, crochet hook size, crochet stitches, crochet abbreviations, gauge in crochet, weaving in yarn ends, joining yarn, and how to keep track of rows and stitches. If you are a beginner and ready to crochet your first pattern, choose one when the skill level says "for beginners."

After choosing your crochet pattern, read the entire page. Make sure you understand it completely. The pattern should specify the finished measurements and how it is worn. One example is a hat. Is it worn over the ears? On the ears? On top of the head? Are there sizing instructions? Is the item crocheted in the round? In a line back and forth?

What is the gauge and tension? How many rows and stitches? Count rows vertically. Count stitches horizontally. What size crochet hook did you use to crochet these rows and stitches? This is a crucial step in determining the size of your garment or unworn item, such as a potholder.

Making a crochet pattern or writing one is an art form in itself. Knowledge of all these techniques, and more, will help you.

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Crochet Tools & Materials You Can Use To Design Your Own Scarves & Coasters

Besides crochet hooks and yarn, you'll also need these crochet supplies and helpful tools.

  • Gauge Counter

  • Tapestry Needles

  • Stitch Markers

  • Digital Row Counter

  • Yarn

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How To Become A Successful Crochet Designer - The 7 Steps You Need To Know!

Becoming a crochet designer speaks for itself. It depends where you want to go and where you've been crocheting. Some take the crochet concept as a repetitive way of therapy. Did you know ADHD and crochet can go together? That’s a whole different story. Perhaps it will have to save for another article.

If you've been selling on a website, customers have asked you a question about what yarn types to use, techniques, and stitches. You are their crochet export ‌hero. With this said, here is a quick list to become a crochet designer.

  1. Know your gauge

  2. Follow pattern instructions

  3. Know your crochet hook size

  4. Know your yarn textures and sizes

  5. Know the desired size of your garment

  6. Know different crochet stitches

  7. Know which crochet hooks work best for you

  8. Discover and explore your own personal style

  9. The list goes on

One process of becoming a designer in the crochet industry is building your audience. Sell your work if you're up to it. Write and sell your pattern. Sell a physical version of it. Selling venues are available to sell your patterns.

  1. Etsy

  2. Shopify

  3. Ravelry

  4. Craftsy

One of my favorite things was when I made up my own crochet patterns with my own unique stitch by popular demand. My half twist chain is one example. Another is my wraparound vertical shell stitch technique.

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Conclusion - So How Can You Start Learning The Skills Of A Successful Crochet Designer?

Everything you read in this article speaks for itself. This is a gist of what to know as a crochet designer and skills. Most of it comes from a desire to do so. Over time I will add articles that complement this one.