A fabulous crochet top, a stunning knee-length skirt, a sweet baby
sweater, a charming hat, or a cozy afghan—we all have a brilliant idea for a
crochet pattern or project we want to design. So pull out the sketches you have
been making, and let's look at the design process.
If you don't already have a sketch, the first step is
to create a physical drawing of your idea. Make a quick sketch of the front, the
back, any design details you are imagining. These sketches can be as detailed
as you care to make them, but I have found that the more detail, the better.
The best, and sometimes scariest, step of the design process
is the yarn choice. Rifling through your craft-room stash or standing before
shelves stuffed with skeins at your local yarn store, there are so many
choices. Do you choose chunky, worsted, DK, or sportweight yarn? And how much
yarn will you need.
One skein of worsted may contain 103 yards, while another
brand contains 150 yards, and a skein of sportweight may boast 456 yarns.
Single-skein yardage varies significantly with each yarn, so how do you know
how many you will need?
Whether I am in my craft room or my local yarn shop, my
phone is always close. And easily accessible on that phone is the Crochet Handy Easy Yarn Calculator. In a
few quick steps, I can find a reasonable estimation of the yardage I will need
for my project.
This is the same method we use to determine the amount of yarn designers will need for projects, such as the Grove Park Tank (above), created for Interweave Crochet.
First, select your project type. There are nine choices, from
baby sweaters and bags to hats, tops, and skirts.
Set your size information—depending on the project type this
could be bust, age, size, etc.
Then choose your yarn weight.
Finally choose your crochet stitch. There are four options, from
single crochet to treble crochet. Taller stitches use less yarn, so you will
notice a significant difference in the amount of yarn needed for a sweater
worked in single crochet as opposed to one worked in treble crochet.
Determining the amount of yarn you need for an undesigned project may never be an exact science, but the Crochet Handy app will help you make an educated calculation. Download your copy today and create some of your own original designs this year.