Writing and Testing a Crochet Pattern

One of the aspects of writing a crochet pattern is the constant niggle in the background of accuracy.

I don’t know about you, but I rely heavily on my spell checker when I’m using a keyboard, my spelling is much worse when I’m typing (and it can be a bit erratic when I’m using a pen, I must confess!)  However, that’s no help at all for typing crochet abbreviations so it’s quite a slow process.  And that’s after dreaming up the idea to begin with and then making it a second time so the pattern can be recorded.

By the time you get to the point where you make the item again from what you have written down it’s hard to judge whether you have explained yourself properly. By then you know the pattern inside out!

My latest make is a granny square cushion cover using the Planet Penny Cotton Colours with Snowdrop yarn which I backed with one of the PP fat quarters – jolly red and white spottiness.

Granny Square cushion - Planet Penny Cotton Colours

Granny square cushion - crochet pattern

cushion back for crochet pattern

I’m very happy with it, but now there is the question of the crochet pattern, and the making up instructions, and making sure it all makes sense.

What I need are some testers, and I’m trying to work out the best way to make it work.


…if you are a Planet Penny customer with a Rainbow pack of yarn who would like to make a cushion, I’ll provide the pattern, the fat quarter and a ball of Snowdrop yarn in return for trying out the pattern, giving constructive criticism, and sending photos of the finished article.  How does that sound?

If you could help test the Granny Square Cushion crochet pattern I’d love to hear from you. You would need to have some crochet experience, be used to working from a pattern, have basic sewing machine skills, and be able to produce a clear photo of the finished article.

You can leave a comment, or get in touch via the contacts form with some details which will help me choose.  I need 2 or 3 people to get a good cross section.

I’m really looking forward to hearing from you and hearing about your crochet pattern skills!


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9 thoughts on “Writing and Testing a Crochet Pattern

  1. Handmade by Lorna

    I am newish to crochet so probably not the best tester but I am looking forward to seeing how you attach the crochet front to the fabric back. Your cushion is beautiful by the way, the polka dot fabric sets off the colours in the crochet fabulously.

  2. sarah1daisy

    Hi Penny, this looks great! I would be very happy to test another of your wonderful patterns. I have been sewing with a machine for years, crocheting for a couple of years and am very happy following both simple and more complex crochet and sewing patterns. I have a planet penny pack of coloured cotton and have crocheted a couple of cushions with fabric backs. All the very best, Sarah

  3. Angel Jem

    I have crocheted enough granny squares and blankets to take up your challenge, but I haven’t actually bought from your shop. I’m very literate, good at syntax, spelling and grammar and happy to test a pattern. I can also crochet quite quickly and have good sewing skills so I can check any finishing instructions. I have a lot of cotton yarn left over from a project, but if I need to I could buy some more (any good reason to buy more yarn!) If you’re interested just check out my blog, and let me know. I’d love to help!
    Oh, and red polka dots are my best and favourite pattern!

  4. ginaferrari

    I’m certain you’ll get lots of volunteers Penny but you know you can call on me if desperate! Beautiful cushion. x

  5. maria oliveira

    não sei escrever em inglês, apenas em português, espero que você tenha tradutor. gostaria de saber como você faz para emendar os quadradinhos. Adoro os seus trabalhos e na medida do possível tento executá-los. Desde já agrade a sua atenção e também todos os e-mail que tenho recebido. Um enorme beijo de agradecimento, Maria.

  6. nickirocky

    I have been meaning to buy the cotton for ages and I really love that pattern! Please can I test? I am happy to review on my blog if you would like as well!

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