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.
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?
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.
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.
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!