Design Like the Pros

Jul 29, 2010
. I firmly believe that every crocheter is an up-and-coming crochet designer. Crochet lends itself well to being adapted by crocheters of any skill level. What crocheter hasn't looked at a stitch dictionary and used a pattern there to make a dishcloth or a scarf? That's designing! See? We're all designers, even if we didn't know it.
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Fall 2010 project Picot Trellis from Basic Crochet Stitches
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A stitch guide is a great place to start for designing anything from a potholder to a garment. Many of our best designers start with a single stitch pattern as the inspiration for their pieces.
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Fall 2010 project Fantail from Basic Crochet Stitches
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Here's a sneak peek at some of the stitch patterns used in projects from our upcoming Fall issue of Interweave Crochet! Take a look at these close-ups of Fall projects, alongside similar stitch patterns from The Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches (Interweave, 2008). See how similar they are? With a little experimentation, you can adapt any stitch pattern to suit your own design fancy. Try working the stitches top-down instead of bottom-up, or add a fancy picot to the top of a fan stitch. The possibilities are endless!
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Fall 2010 project Two-Leaf Bar from Basic Crochet Stitches
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Even the most complicated ultra-shaped-lacy-uniquely-constructed masterpiece of crochet is still a series of simple stitches, worked in a specific order. What order you put them in is the groundwork for your own special design. So take a flip through the Harmony Guide and see if you find something inspiring--I'll be watching for your submissions to Interweave Crochet!

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Until next time,


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peatmoss83 wrote
on Jul 29, 2010 4:20 PM

I really like all these lacy stitches. I can't wait to see the fall preview!

cindiluwho wrote
on Aug 1, 2010 1:58 PM

Hi Sarah,

Would it be copyright infringement to try to publish a design that includes a motif pattern directly from the harmony guides?

Thank you!

Cindi

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 11:57 AM

Hi Cindi,

The stitch pattens and motif patterns are not copyrighted, so you are free to use them in any design you would like. Good luck with your design!

Best wishes,

Toni

cindiluwho wrote
on Aug 2, 2010 8:14 PM

Thanks Sarah!  

I've always been afraid to use stitch and motif patterns to create my own designs because I thought I would be copying.  Knowing it’s OK opens up a whole new world for designing!  

Cindi