Crochet Pattern Stitches - Make Your Own Pattern

A question I get asked often is, "Will you show how to crochet a scarf or afghan?" I will show swatches for a stitch or pattern stitch and usually include a multiple. Sometimes I forget to include a multiple. Thankfully someone reminds me when I do forget. If you have a favorite baby layette or adult size sweater, you can replace the main stitch with another pattern stitch. Someone else has already figured out the shaping for you. Patterns are just a guide. You are the one making the pattern. Be creative and alter the pattern how ever you want to. It is easy to spruce up a favorite pattern you have worked with for a while.

The fact is, you have everything you need to create your own project. You know how long or wide you want your afghan to be when it is complete. I can remember purchasing a pattern for a baby afghan when my son was newborn 24 years ago. It was the simple shell stitch afghan. It was not simple for me at the time. I struggled through those written instructions and started off with a chain that was very loose. I continued to create a three color-shell afghan, with uneven edges, that was much wider at the top than at the bottom. My infant son did not know the difference. It was not very big at all but it probably took me about two weeks to finish. Not long after that I was introduced to books with hundreds of crochet pattern stitches in the book, multiples included. I started learning that I did not need a pattern to make an afghan.

There are a couple of factors to understand when creating a project from a crochet pattern stitch; multiples and gauge.
You will also need to understand decreasing if you are creating a project that will get smaller or larger.
Crochet Multiples

Crochet Gauge

Crochet - Double Crochet Increase - Decrease


Never let not having a pattern stop you from making an afghan, scarf, shawl or whatever you want to make. You have everything you need right at your fingertips.




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Comments

  1. I have been crocheting for 45 years and this is the easiest and most logical description of how to create your own crochet pattern. Thanks for the tips!
    Tina L.

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  2. I have been crocheting for 45 years and this is the clearest, most logical description of how to create your own crochet pattern. Thanks for the tips!

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