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How to become a pattern designer and start your own business

Have you ever looked at other crochet pattern designers and thought “I can do that! Why don’t I just start?” Well, I started my journey in summer of 2016. And I do not look back. I love it and live by it daily.

Yes, there are a lot of things one should think about, but if you take it step by step, it will be actually very easy and straight forward. First of all, do you want to create and sell/share your patterns online?

Well, if you answered YES to that questions, then the first thing you should do is create a name that reflects your style which becomes your brand name.

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Then you have 2 choices:

  • create an Etsy and a Ravelry store and sell your pattern there
  • create your own website and publish your patterns there, as well as Etsy and Ravelry, which is what I do

Of course there other websites you can sell/share your patterns with the world. But these 2 are the most popular ones. Furthermore, in order to promote your patterns, be sure to have social media pages, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to name a few.

If you would like to earn FREE listings on Etsy, then click HEREotherwise you will have to pay $0.20 per listing.

Once you created your own Etsy store and Ravelry store, as well as have your social media pages all lined up, it is time to create your own patterns.

I have created a PATTERN CREATION TEMPLATE to give you an idea on what is required when creating your own patterns.

Click HERE to get the pdf for this template from my Etsy store!

So, now that you know where you can share your patterns, how do you really get started?

    1. You need an idea. When I have an idea on a pattern, I just start creating the actual piece and take notes as I go. And yes, there is lots and lots of frogging. But thats what makes the pattern great in the end. So, write down everything you do as you do it. Use the template above for note taking.
    2. Now you have a pattern written out what comes next? Well, you do the same pattern again and follow your own instructions, so you can see whether you made a mistake. You need to make sure you count your stitches over and over again, so it is all correct. Be sure to count your stitches as you go and take pictures at the same time, so you can add them to your pattern instructions later.
    3. It worked. The pattern works. Yay. So, now you need to start typing up the pattern, edit and add the pictures, add your watermark and make it all look good. Be sure to add the gauge of your piece, the size and what stitches you used right upfront. So people know whether you can do the pattern in the moment they look at your pattern. Also people, like me, always add a video to go with the pattern. Either create full tutorial or a certain stitch or part that could be hard for some people to understand and recreate (that what I do).
    4. Then make your pattern either into a pdf, so people cannot change it or copy and paste it, or/and you can publish it for free on your own website/blog. I usually to a combo of both. I have all my patterns free on my website (ads/page views will pay for the patterns then) and a publish some of my patterns on Etsy and Ravelry (always Ravelery actually as they accept both free and paid patterns) for a small fee.
    5. Before you publish though, make sure you test your pattern as often as you can, or have others do it for you, to check for typos.
    6. Now you are ready to publish and make money!

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Step by Step Guide to Become a Pattern Designer – Crochet and Knitting was last modified: July 6th, 2017 by Nicole Riley


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5 thoughts on “Step by Step Guide to Become a Pattern Designer – Crochet and Knitting”

  1. Hi Nicki,
    How do you get your crochet patterns published? Thank you for the information. Love your website!
    Claudia from Idaho

    1. Hi Claudia,
      you have many choices here. You can create your own website (I have a link for a discount above and instructions how to set it up. Super easy!) and publish your patterns there (like me). Or/And publish them on Etsy (just paid patterns) or Ravelry (allows free and paid patterns). Then there is also Craftsy. But it is not as popular as Etsy and Ravelry. I hope that helps. Let me know if you need more info. I am happy to help 🙂

      1. I mean like legally, do you have to do anything to get your patterns copyrighted before posting them? If not, what keeps someone else from stealing them? Just wondering if you know. Thanks so much for the rapid response…you’re awesome! ~Claudia

        1. Claudia, sadly you can’t register you patterns somewhere to protect yourself. You mark all you pictures (watermarks) and also write that the copyright belongs to you as the pattern designer. For pdfs I would right it in the footnotes on every page. Sadly you can’t prevent people from copying you patterns. But once you see someone doing it, you can report or sue them. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have more questions:)

  2. Excellent website. Lots of helpful info here.
    I’m sending it to some pals ans also sharing inn delicious.
    And naturally, thanks to your sweat!

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