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How To Start Writing Crochet Patterns
Episode 57th June 2022 • The Crochet Business School Podcast • Kelly Thomas - The Crochet Profit Queen
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You want to start writing and publishing your own crochet patterns, but how do you get started?

Download your step by step guide to writing patterns here

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Hello and welcome to the Crochet Business

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School podcast, where you can use your crochet

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to build a business that will give you the lifestyle

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you've been dreaming of.

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How do I start writing crochet patterns?

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Well, as long as once you have a design in mind

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and you know what the standard terms are, then

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you just start writing.

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There are no qualifications or certifications to

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start writing crochet patterns.

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It's just all about making sure that you write

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something that your customers can follow and

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they can recreate your design as they see it.

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There are certain information that you have to

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include in every crochet pattern.

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You have to remember things like your hook size,

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what type, weight and brand of yarn you're

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using, what the gauge is, which terms you're

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using and what the abbreviations that you're

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using are.

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If you're using UK or US terms and any of the

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materials that they need to make your pattern.

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You need to have good clear photos of the

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finished item, plus any special steps that might

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need a bit of extra instruction, but otherwise

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that's it.

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When you're reading a crochet pattern, you're

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following the instructions step by step.

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So writing a crochet pattern is just doing it

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backwards.

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You need to write down the instructions so that

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it can be followed step by step to recreate your

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design exactly as shown in the photos.

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Writing a crochet pattern is much like following a

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recipe.

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You just have to follow the steps and make sure

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you get everything in there.

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And as long as you do that, that's it.

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Nobody is going to tell you that you're a crochet

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pattern writer, you just have to do it.

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And yes, there are various things involved, but

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it's easy enough once you get into it.

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But like any new thing that you start, it takes

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time to learn, it takes time to get comfortable

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with it and perfect your process, but after a while

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it becomes second nature and then it's really

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about choosing the right designs that will suit

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your audience.

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Then it's about how to sell it so that everyone

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can be sure that they know what they're getting,

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that gaining that reputation so that your

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customers know that your patterns are good,

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well written and can be followed easily.

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It takes time to build that reputation, it takes

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time to build that following.

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Much like selling what you make, you have to

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gain a reputation and grow your brand.

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But writing and selling crochet patterns is much

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easier and far more profitable than selling what

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you make.

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Because the best thing about them is that you

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just sell them over and over again.

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You do the work once and you're just selling it

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the same thing.

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It's all automated, you don't even have to send

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anything out.

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Every time you make a sale, the platforms that

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you sell your patterns on make it so that it's all

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automatic.

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There's nothing else for you to do.

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Once you've loaded it into your selling site, all

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you got to do is market it.

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Once you sold it, job done.

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It's all about the marketing and gaining that

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reputation for having a well written pattern.

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So what resources are there out there to help

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you get started?

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Well, I have one for you.

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I've got a checklist of all the essential elements

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that you need to include in a crochet pattern.

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I'm going to put a link to that download below

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this episode.

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It's completely free.

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Just click download and it'll be straight into your

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inbox.

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Another great place to go is the Yarn Craft

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Council.

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On their website they have a huge number of

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resources such as standard abbreviations for

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terms.

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They've also got the standard sizes for all kinds

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of different things.

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And the measurements for clothing is a fantastic

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resource for any pattern writer and I would

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highly encourage you to go take a look.

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I'd also encourage you to go take a look at

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Ravelry.

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This is the number one pattern selling site and

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it's got a great community forum and you can go

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and explore there and make connections with

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other patent writers and you can ask them about

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their experiences as well.

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So it's a great place to find out how other people

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have experienced it and get tips to selling

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patterns.

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And that's really it.

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Getting started, it can feel like a massive leap,

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but it's also a fantastic business decision because

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the more you build your patent library, the more

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money you will make from it.

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And it is far easier than selling what you make.

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And you can make money on your days off.

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You can actually take a break knowing that there

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is still money coming in.

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So writing your own crochet pans is something I

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would definitely recommend if you're in this for

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the long term.

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Thank you for joining me today and listening to

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this episode.

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would like to carry on the conversation, then why

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not come and join our Facebook group for

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crochet sellers?

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Whether you're selling what you make, writing

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patterns or making money from crochet another

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way, the support group is the place for you.

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So thanks joining me and I shall see you next

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time for the next episode.