This blog post is the second part of a short series about the birth of a new crochet pattern pdf. The third is here.
Behind the scenes of a new Tunisian crochet pattern
Pictured is draft #4 of Warm Aeroette Tunisian Crochet Scarf.
I’m a slow, deliberate pattern publisher. I love crocheting and so I think I chronically underestimate how much work it really is! Not only does a step almost always take longer than I expect – I also don’t always know when I need to recharge. (Each of these is a “step”: a stitch diagram, a photo tutorial, pattern testing, sizing, tech editing, etc.)
Draft #4 of Warm Aeroette Tunisian Crochet Scarf.
I don’t just call it “Aeroette” because this is a downloadable single pattern. The title needs to tell crocheters (and search engines) as much as possible in one line.
Three things can slow down new Tunisian crochet patterns for me:
1. Each design seems to bring unique issues! For Aeroette, starting the scarf in one corner is a biggie. It merits a nice step by step photo tutorial. It’s a rare construction method for Tunisian crochet. Also, the best pattern wording evolves slowly sometimes. For Aeroette I’ve revised the wording of how and where the beginning and ending picots go a few times for clarity. Tunisian crochet pattern language has its own conventions.
2. Meanwhile, I’m always mulling design details. Doris is the same way and we laugh about this. Maybe I could optimize X, or add Y feature. What about this or that variation? I’d better swatch it in a very different yarn to make sure the design is not dependent on the yarn I’m using.
3. A third publishing speed bump is how educational it is. Aeroette started out originally as a practice project for a class on the Aero Tunisian Filet Lace Wrap. My goal with Aeroette is that it serve as a new Tunisian crochet skill building experience.
Sometimes I print a 2-to-a-page draft like you see here, to save paper. To save printer ink, the photos and captions are temporarily tiny. Most images are step-by-step tutorial photos that will all go on a back page. That will make printing them optional to save everyone’s printer ink.
Update: Downloadable PDF for the new Tunisian crochet Warm Aeroette Scarf is officially in the shop.