Friday, 7 June 2013

Inventing crochet patterns?

Since my last post, I've managed to cut out the waistcoat fabric and sew a few short seams.  Nothing to write home about, since if I had an uninterrupted 30 minutes I could have the thing done by now!  Gah.  Never mind.

In other news, I've been wondering how people invent crochet patterns.  Is it just hook-and-guess?  I'm trying option b) work it out with a pencil.  I've drawn my stegosaurus in profile:

(don't be rude!)

I've counted my gauge with a 3mm hook and DK cheapo wool to be 2.2 rounds/cm and 2 stitches/cm in circumference.  Now I'm going to divide my Mr Stego's body into rounds by drawing lines every 0.45cm (=1 / 2.2) and calculate the number of stitches in each one by measuring off my drawing.  Then I'll set to with my hook and bravely try and accomplish this with a bit of trial-and-error to improve things.  It'll be fun to see how it turns out and I'll be writing my stitch pattern down as I go along.

Now I've published my drawing and idea on the interwebs, the final result will be a brutal display of crochet failure, I predict!  ;-)  Wish me luck!  If it works, you get a free stegosaurus pattern.  If it doesn't you get a laugh and I get a woolly duster.

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