Oh the joys of pattern writing! I seem to have spent most of the last week fiddling around with these Crochet Christmas Baubles.
I know a lot of you out there do the most wonderful tutorials and patterns on your blogs, but for those who have never tried I’ll give you a little flavour of it.
First, as you sit playing around with yarn and hook you have an idea and you make a ‘thing’ that you quite like. So, after a bit more fiddling it turns into a ‘thing’ that you really like….Hooray!
Then, trying to remember what happened the first time round, you make it again, this time jotting down the process as you go.
And then you make it again, this time from the pattern, scribbled on the back of an envelope, correcting the mistakes.
To the computer to type it out…
Make it again, to pick up typos.
Back to the computer for corrections. Then go through with a fine tooth comb trying to put yourself in the shoes of someone who has never seen the pattern before. Is it explained it simply enough?
Decide some bits need pictures. Make it again, taking pictures.
Photoshop next, cropping and balancing to make the pics as good as possible.
Put the pattern together on screen. How does it look?
Panic… Have I looked at it for so long that I’ve missed some howling error?
Have some down time on the Facebook Page and discover that someone has left a comment on a picture shared of a beautiful original piece of work with a link to the Ravelry pattern and find someone has said, and I quote,
“It is BEAUTIFUL! but $5 is too much for a pattern!”
And so this pattern was sent out to some lovely volunteers to try out, and having been thoroughly tested by a textile artist, a crochet newbie and an old hand at crochet, the Crochet Christmas Baubles pattern is now available to buy on Etsy. Find it here!
November 2014 UPDATE: