MY FIRST PATTERN

Things we do first always hold a special place in our heart and minds , and so does this tensor beanie to me. Did writing the pattern happen all of a
sudden, out of the blue ? Actually – it was planned move as earlier in the year i had an opportunity to test so many projects, understand concepts, interact
with loads and loads of people ( thanks to insta and lockdown) and I took soo much inspiration from the global crochet community . I realized that designers
had other roles to play in their professional and personal lives , this was a huge myth buster to me as I always assumed that this was their full time job –
pattern writing is not limited to professionals with a degree from college anyone can indulge in pattern writing if the required experience, technique and
concepts are clear. Hence my research started. I was conscious of the fact that pattern writing is something I wanted to attempt – i was also clear on not taking the easy route. I employed a professional who works as a pattern designer in the main stream industry for a big brand – to mentor me on the nitty gritty. This gave me clarity of thoughts, good idea and understand the important elements of pattern writing. Most important ones being – Clarity , Clarity , Clarity .. ( easier said than done).

Here  is  a list of things i went about doing  and what i learnt

  1. Thinking of a design , pen it down – the single most important step else you will keep piling the WIP mountain, as a recommendation – start with a stitch or an FO that you have used the most or worked on the most. this will allow you use your skill mastery bank reserve

  2. Write down my pattern ( helps to make along as you write ) – so this helps you in detailing the pattern better

  3. Proof Read like a hundred times or hire a tech editor – there are many tech editors avialable check yarnpond too 

  4. Test , Test and Test –> Its an impetus as a designer to test all variations yourself if its using different weight of yarn or sizes and not completely rely on testers, this is an impetus if you are designing wearables ( now you know why small projects are best as a starter -I made at least 3 beanies myself)

  5. Create a Test Team – ( your besties are the best to have around, do check my post on tensor Beanie to see their amazing version)

  6. Complete the project – take loads of pictures (like you were to be casted in the next blockbuster)

  7. Create a Ravelry store , a payhip store , lovecrafts, etsy etc to sell and promote digital download (for Indian customers you can create ur your own shopping cart on blog page via instamojo or razorpay et.al to purchase in INR)

  8. Link with Pay Pal for sales on ravelry, lovecrafts, payhip (and here started the trouble, the project derailed by 3 weeks cos of a stupid problem, check the blog post on linking your paypal to ravelry store)

  9. Link projects , configure store and you are all set

  10. Set up a link.tr for your insta bio for easy navigation 

  11. Flaunt and enjoy the vibes 🙂

The love from the crochet community is beyond measures ! Every step in the process was such a wonderful learning even if I don’t sell a million copies – this learning is going to stay with me for ever

For anyone who is procrastinating to take the leap of faith – its not scary if you come with a simple expectation to enjoy every process and learn and rest will follow

Remember Designing is just an art of creating in a structured format !

Do you have a first pattern writing story to share ? do leave your comments on and let me know what was your first pattern like ?

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