Making Your Own Crochet Pattern – How To

November 21, 2013Allison Murray
Making Your Own Crochet Pattern - How To

Make the crochet pattern that's in your head!

I was the kid who took apart the remote control just to see if I could put it back together. I didn’t even really care to see what was in there like most kids would. I’d do my darndest to memorize exactly each piece I took away and then hope I could remember so that I didn’t get in trouble. Because everybody knew that it would have been me that did this.

As an adult I (mostly) refrain from taking things apart, though I did have an awesome co-worker years and years ago who would take me to the alley so that I could break this or that and see what happened. He totally got me :) But I’m not going to go around breaking things on purpose (quite so much) since I crossed the thirty year mark, a bit ago. It just doesn’t feel civilized :) Instead I take my methodical and inquisitive nature and try to develop things like crochet patterns. And while my patterns aren’t exactly award worthy but since I’ve been asked how I take a ball of yarn and turn it into something from my imagination, I thought a post about making your own crochet pattern was just about due.

Make the crochet pattern that's in your head!

Let’s get one thing straight first and foremost. I have a hard time with crochet patterns in words but I can knock out a drawn out pattern like nobody’s business which is why I draw out my ideas. Now I knew I wanted to make a checkerboard type of filet pattern for a scarf and rather than try things with my yarn for days on end I took to paper.

Now you don’t have to use the exact icons that you see in other patterns. I use a series of 8’s for double-crochet and on a triple crochet I’ll add another segment. As long as you can keep straight what’s happening that’s all that matters.

Above is my first attempt at drawing the pattern out. I thought about it and then took to paper and as it turned out, it didn’t work. So then I had to sit there and puzzle out WHY didn’t it work?

Make the crochet pattern that's in your head!

And when I finally got a pattern I was happy with on paper I made a quick yarn version. But once it came together it was nice enough but didn’t look like the pattern in my head. I wanted the sections to be more square and less rectangular.

Make the crochet pattern that's in your head!

So I decided that I needed to add a stitch so that each section of my checkerboard was four wide and four tall for it to work out.

Make the crochet pattern that's in your head!

And, BAM!, it did! I was really pleased with this sample so now I’ve got a new crochet pattern in my repertoire, one that I’m going to use to make some really pretty scarves!

Are you wanting to work up your own patterns? If so, did this post help you out at all?

If you’re down for more crochet now, be sure to check out two patterns that I worked up just like I’ve shown you here –  how to basket-weave crochet (though this is a common stitch I didn’t know it at the time!) and a very popular block crochet pattern. Oh, yeah, and there’s also the rest of my crochet projects and stitches gallery!

Comments (5)

  • Laura @ The Experimental Home

    November 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I had to click over… because I love that pattern! I made my son’s baby blankie out of a very similar pattern… I believe it was called checkerboard filet crochet in the book I was browsing through when I picked it out. It is perfect for a crocheted blanket because it is not too heavy or too lacy. It also looks great in a single color. I love the way you drafted the pattern on paper first… usually when I am making a pattern, I fool around with yarn until I like it, and then go back and count to make a pattern (if I have the patience, and often I don’t).

    1. Allison

      November 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      I used to work it out in yarn and then try to figure it out but it never works for me. I’d miss counting a stitch or something. I love this stitch, too, and just know it would make a great baby blanket!

  • Steph @ meet.make.laugh.

    November 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I like making my own patterns… though I often just make up as I go and don’t write down… which is hard then to try and replicate the pattern afterwards! I struggle with diagrams though… I seem to understand written out patterns better. I need to get more comfortable with diagrams!

    1. Allison

      November 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I struggle with the words but the charts and diagrams are so much easier for me. It seems when I really want to learn a pattern it’s in words and you probably find the same but as a chart :)

  • Sammy

    December 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I’m a 16 year old girl who got addicted to crocheting when I was 11. I’ve recently decided to start making my own patterns had no idea where to start and when I looked onto your website all my questions were answered! Thank you so much for your detailed advice on how to write them!

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