Have you ever searched and searched for that perfect
crochet pattern, but none seemed to be just right, not
quite what you had pictured in your mind? If so, then
maybe it’s time to try your hand at designing your own
If you can picture it in your mind, then you can create it.
You probably have a good idea of what you are looking
for in a pattern. To bring that idea out, find a pattern that
is close, but still not quite right. This will help you get your
new pattern started.
Get a notebook, pencil and a good eraser (you will be
using that a lot). You will also need a ruler or tape
First you will need to know your gauge. Your gauge is
important as it determines how many stitches and rows
you get per inch and will make your item come out in
the correct size.
To find your gauge, crochet a small sample piece of about
10 sts and 10 rows. Use your ruler or tape measure to
see how many stitches you get per inch. Write that down
in your notebook. Then measure to see how many rows
you get per inch. Write that down as well.
You will need to do that with every pattern you design as
you may be using a different sized hook and a different type
of yarn when designing other patterns.
Now look at the pattern that you are going to alter
to find the width and length. Using your gauge results,
multiply the number of inches in the width by the
number of stitches you get per inch. This will give you
the amount of stitches to use in your starting chain.
For the length, multiply the number of inches by the
number of rows you get per inch. This will tell you
how many rows to crochet.
If you are designing a sweater, you can learn how to
shape armholes and necklines by referring to other
A combination of different stitches can produce some
very beautiful patterns. For example, you may like a
combination of stitches in an afghan pattern and feel
that it would look very nice when used in a sweater.
So in designing your sweater, do the measurements as
above, then use the combination of stitches that you
liked in an afghan pattern to create your new sweater
This can be done with almost any pattern. For example,
I was looking for a hat and mittens pattern to make for
my grandson. I searched but could not find anything that
was different and unique. So I decided to design my own.
I liked a stitch combination I had used to crochet a potholder.
I could picture in my mind how nice it would look when
used in the hat and mittens.
The combination of stitches were 1 single crochet, 1 treble
crochet. It produced a cute little bobble effect that looked
great and made the mittens seem more warm and cozy.
The ideas are endless as you have many stitches to work with
and use in different combinations.
When designing a pattern, you will be trying different things
so you will probably be ripping out rows and erasing some
of your notes and re-doing them. It takes some time, but
that is how you perfect your new pattern.
When you have completed your new design, it’s best to
type up your pattern from your notes while it’s still fresh
in your mind. Then, of course, you will want to proofread
as it’s very easy to make a mistake when typing up the
I hope these tips help. Once you try it, you will find that it
is not that difficult to design your own patterns and it can
be very enjoyable and give you a great sense of