Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reading and Writing Crochet Patterns

Lots of people have been asking me where I get my ideas for my crochet dresses.  When I started this (and even a still!) I couldn't read crochet patterns very well.  So I had to make things up, or not make them at all. 

My mom gets a flyer in the mail for Annie's Attic.  They sell lots of cute crochet, and craft items.  She would save the flyers for me, and I would search through the pages.  I also started looking at Etsy.com for ideas.  I wanted to try everything!

I never copied a dress, but I got lots of great ideas.  Sometimes I would like a specific stitch that they used, or I would like the way they did the bodice.  I still like to look at other people's work for inspiration. 

My first dress I made was so simple, yet people thought it was amazing!  I was so encouraged to try more.  The next dress I made her looked even better.  I had learned how to crochet a  flower, and that added a lot.

Now that my daughters are too old to wear the dresses (12 and 7), I find neighbors and friends to give my dresses to.

 My favorite was the mauve, pink, and white striped newborn dress.  It is so full and just looks amazing - yet it is so simple.  (I kept that one - maybe for a grandbaby!)


Whenever I really wanted to read a crochet pattern (there are lots of free, un-copyrighted ones out there) I had to go to my mom's house.  She would sit beside me and tell me how to do each row.  I knew what all the abbreviations meant, and I knew how to do all the stitches, but my end product never turned out like the picture.

I have been working on how to read and write a crochet pattern for many years now.  I bought several patterns to try and learn from.  Most were written so poorly, they may have been written in a foreign language.

I thought, there must be a better way to write a crochet pattern - that's not so confusing!  I worked a long time writing a pattern for my new dress.  I wrote it so simply, that I think any beginner could understand. 

So don't give up, keep trying to expand your talent : )


I started this blog as a way to share my crochet dresses.  Trying to make a dress just from the video is difficult, because you have to keep stopping it and rewinding it.  I have received so many requests for the written patterns for my dresses.  So I hope all my wonderful subscribers like these patterns.

Not all my patterns cost money, I will post free ones, too.  They will be located on my "Free Patterns" page.

 Go to Etsy, and search for my store "BlankeyDresses" or click on the link
They are available as instant downloads for only $2.99.

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