I often get asked by friends who don’t crochet, “What does a crochet pattern look like?” The closest equivalent I can think of is that it looks a lot like computer code (to the non-programmer) or a foreign language. In a similar way to those 2 examples, patterns rely on details in order to work. For example, what is supposed to work up as a flat circle becomes a cup if you have too few decreases and a cone if you have too many! As a pattern designer, I must check, double check, and triple check my patterns. In the future, I hope to be able to hire an editor as another set of eyes. In the meantime, my fibromyalgia memory is probably a benefit because I can’t remember what I did the first time – I must use the pattern and in so doing, I find any little errors or usually the case is that find small tweaks which can clarify the pattern. Unless a pattern is super easy, I usually make it 2 times and often 3. Also, my mind is wired to see things in 3D as I create. So, reading a pattern, I can “build” the item in my mind to check the pattern as well.
The above photo is the in process writing for my Nativity Set #4 pattern: 2 camels and a donkey. For those of you familiar with my work, no I haven’t finished the pattern for nativity set #3 (the 3 kings). The prototypes are finished and much of the detailed writing is done as well but I was in the mood to make some cute animals so I skipped to #4 first aaahhh…the fun of being your own boss! Hoping to finish and publish this animal set in the next week now that it’s completely drafted and has been double checked. Woo hoo! Yeah for rising early and getting creative work done! (More on that adventure soon…)