I love crochet diagrams. They’re a great, visual way of showing how a crochet design comes together. Some magazines and books include them and some don’t. Every wonder why? My guess is that the decision often comes down to cost.
Cost of creating the diagram: There really is no quick and easy software to create professional diagrams. Most professional tech editors I know who do diagrams use vector drawing programs like Adobe Illustrator to hand draw the diagrams. Even a basic shawl design can take an experienced tech editor up to 4 hrs to diagram. Tech editing generally goes for $25-$45 an hour, so you’re talking about adding up to $120 in cost for one pattern. For most patterns that’s probably closer to the $60-80 range, but when you multiply that times the number of patterns in a magazine or book….it adds up.
Cost of printing the diagram: Most magazines and books need to stay within a certain page limit. More pages cost more money. While some projects only need small diagrams, many others can generate enough diagrams to fill a whole page, or more!
While I can see how the cost can dissuade certain publications, I’m very happy that an increasing large number of crochet publications are working to make it happen. I think the increasing prevalence of crochet diagrams is a great thing.
I’m slowly adjusting back to normal life after a lovely week long trip to Paris, France. It was a delightful trip. Of course, my itinerary included a stop into a local yarn store. I stopped in at L’Oisive Thé. Actually, in my enthusiasm, I stopped over a whole hour before opening time. Oops It gave my husband and me time to walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the beautiful parks.
I purchased a French crochet book called Crochet Boheme. I love the romantic look of the pieces. Plus, it includes stitch symbol diagrams!
What’s your favorite knitting or crochet souvenir? A pattern book? Yarn? Buttons?
In January we had a CAL for the Autumn Leaves Shawlette pattern.
Aren’t these gorgeous?
Photo courtesy of Wendy V. (aka Tekkie)
Photo courtesy of Lee
photo courtesy of Chrisie
So what are you waiting for? Get stitching!
How is it March already? The ground here is still covered with snow, but some birds popped up yesterday. I’m thinking maybe, just maybe, spring is on its way.
I’m springing into major design mode. The crochet design ideas just keep coming. In addition to new shawl designs, you can expect a fabulous flowery necklace. Here’s a sneak peak!
March is National Crochet Month. To celebrate, Crochetville is hosting a designer blog tour. Welcome to everyone who’s hopped over here from Crochetville! *waves*
Crochetville is a proud corporate sponsor of Halos of Hope, a 501(c)3 charity devoted to providing crocheted, knitted, and other handmade hats to cancer patients around the country. In honor of National Crochet Month please consider donating a hat.
You may send your hats to:
ATTN: Amy Shelton
103 Scarlet Oak Circle, Harvest, AL 35749
Whether you’re an avid knitter or have never tried knitting before, you’ll want to check out arm knitting. It’s a new craft that’s hot right now. A scarf done in 30 minutes or less?! Yes, please!
My friend Mary Beth Temple has loads of how to videos on her site www.arm-knitting.com. There is even a video explaining arm knitting in Spanish by fellow designer Charles Voth!
You can also pre-order Mary Beth’s new booklet: Arm Knitting. It has 15 arm knitting patterns. Isn’t this scarf awesome?
So have you tried arm knitting? What did you think?
Take your crochet to the next level with these 2 techniques:
Magic Ring (aka Adjustable Ring)
This method for starting in the round eliminates unsightly holes.
You don’t have to start every project by chaining. Foundation stitches let you start working the first row immediately. The video below shows the foundation single crochet, but you can also do foundation half-double crochet, double crochet, shells, and more.
A while back I saw many people posting their must have knitting books on Facebook. Here are mine.
Knitting from the Top
Barbara G. Walker (Paperback – Feb 1996)
This is THE book for creating top down garments. I’ve even used the concepts from this book to create crocheted garments.
Knitter’s Handbook: Essential Skills & Helpful Hints from Knitter’s Magazine
(Spiral-bound – Jun 1, 2005)
This was gifted to me by a good friend. Clear instructions and illustrations for cast ons, bind offs, button holes, and more.
Mastering Color Knitting: Simple Instructions for Stranded, Intarsia, and Double Knitting
Melissa Leapman (Paperback – Nov 9, 2010)
If you ever want to do more with color knitting than just basic stripes, you NEED this book. It was invaluable for my first stranded knitting project.
A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Barbara G. Walker (Paperback – May 1998)
A must if you plan to design anything…ever. I also recommend the other 3 in the series.
Knitting Lace – Lewis
Susanna Lewis (Paperback – Dec 1, 2009)
Not just stitch patterns- it helps you understand what really is going on with lace knitting.
Anna Dalvi (Paperback)
This book will guide you through different shawl constructions and how to make them your own.
Today’s news is for crochet designers. If you are a designer putting out your own patterns, you need a style sheet. What’s a style sheet? It’s a list of guidelines that helps keep your patterns consistent and professional. There are a lot of decisions to make when creating a style sheet, and it can get overwhelming trying to make sure you don’t forget anything. Not any more.
I’m pleased to announce the availability of the Style Sheet Questionnaire for Crochet Designers. Together with Elizabeth Green Musselman, we’ve put together a document to help you create your very own style sheet. It’s a 13 page word document that helps you to address all the major points of pattern style. Simply fill in the blanks and check off boxes, and you’ll have a thorough crochet style sheet of your very own.
The Style Sheet Questionnarie for Crochet Designers is available for only $6.95 through Cooperative Press.
Would you like to mix and match yarns together, but aren’t sure how to go about it?
Stay in the same color family, but mix it up with:
- 1 solid yarn with cotton, bamboo, or plant fiber
- 1 sparkly yarn
- 1 variegated yarn
This quick scarf I worked up combines Malabrigo Rios, Kollage Glisten, and Berroco Weekend.
What’s your favorite yarn mixing recipe?