Pattern writing

Yes!!!’n

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Squidopus!!

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Well I’m neurodivergent too but I can’t deal with standard sizing cause I’m overweight and none of the sizes available ever fit my body type. They’re either too narrow in the chest area or they look like a potato bag on me. I would say the best compromise would be to offer both options. But you can always take notes of your stitch count, or if you add the word “repeat” in the steps, you get access to a digital counter and you can type in your stitch count and keep track.

For me I would say pictures are an absolute must. Sometimes these huge walls of text are so hard to keep track of, especially since on Ribblr you can’t cross off just a portion of a step at the moment. It’s important to break it down and use plenty of pictures.

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Omg, I tested a few patterns that were solid blocks or rows and rows of two words :flushed:
I always write each step in a different line

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Same :dizzy_face: I was like. Hmmm what do you mean by “huge wall of text with 28535 steps in one and no pictures” :sweat_smile:

I mean, it’s one thing if you have a repeat in a very long row but, at least say that :sweat_smile:

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Having yardage listed in the pattern is **critical*critical!!! ***

How am I suppose to know if I have enough yardage for the project?

How am I supposed to know what size safety eyes to buy?

If no stitch counts at end of each row/round how Do I know if I made a mistake?

And for goodness sake, Ribblr has a check off for each row/round, USE it! I get scattered too easy, and this feature is fabulous. Don’t tell me repeat 9 times, then I have to write it down- which defeats the whole purpose of being eco-friendly.

Don’t publish a pattern that you charge for if 1) you’re not going to be available to answer questions 2) you don’t know how to write a good pattern.

You can practice your writing skills with many testers or offer as a free pattern incorporating their feedback into the pattern.

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If you click on the word repeat in the pattern, a counter will pop up you can use… This is FABULOUS

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I have no way of knowing how many yards I used and since most of my patterns are open to different yarns/gauges /sizes, I have no way of knowing how many yards you would use.
I could tell you how many Oz I used, but again, depending on my yarn, that could be of no help.

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Going off what @anoswaldoddity said it is important to have the amount of yarn (preferably by yards) you used somewhere and also what type of yarn you used (the brand, the size weight like 7 jumbo, etc and the type like chenille, acrylic, etc) since if others use a different weight type of yarn like worsted weight or jumbo yarn the amount will differ so having a reference of what you used could be helpful

Honestly you can also just do something simple like “2 1/2 skeins of Chenille Home Maison Chenille by Loops & Threads color Bone” so we can have a general estimate of what amount you used when creating yoir sweater

Another thing that’s very important I find is during your intro (as it’s available to everyone before getting a pattern here on Ribblr but also so it’s the first thing you see) is putting what’s allowed with your pattern. Can it be copied, shared, modified, mass produced, etc? What about the makes with your pattern can those that create the project with your pattern have the ability to sell it? Can they donate it? Can they gift it? If you look around other patterns have this exact thing thing each different to what they find themselves comfortable with so I would definitely watch videos or read from sites to find out what’s best for you. Personally I am biased to picking out patterns that will let me be able to sell my craft with their pattern, since as you know yarn can get expensive and I live with my family who love the same things I do for the most part so if I make something with a project that can’t be sold and they want one I would have to gift it to them and while that’s fine if I constantly gift out my creations that aren’t able to be sold It would practically be their birthdays and Christmas every day :rofl:

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I’m assuming your speaking to me. Respectfully yes I’ve had experience testing patterns where the designer has listed the gauge and she said specifically that everyone’s tensions are different to go up a hook size. So being empathetic to everyone with my statement. So yes there is a maybe it’s not always the same for each artist.

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Saying you can adjust your hook/needle size to achieve the correct gauge for your tension, to match the pattern dimensions is not being empathetic it’s an expected and necessary step vital to a successful outcome and sloppy writing to not include it in the pattern writing process.
you are correct, tension is different for every artist everywhere all the time which is why the gauge is there, so you know what I did and you can check to see if yours is the same and go up or down to get the same stitches per inch I did. If I say you need to chain 35 stitches and my 25 stitches makes 5 inches but I forgot to tell you that, then you will never make the same size I did because you did not have a gauge swatch…no exceptions, no maybe. You will never match the size I gave you if you don’t do a gauge swatch because your tension will most certainly not match mine or anyone else’s. Every pattern should say “hook/needle size (insert number/letter) or size needed to obtain gauge” because no two crafters will have the exact same tension.

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there is now an option you can click to allow or disallow selling makes from your pattern, but you really have no way of stopping a person from selling things at another shop based on your pattern…the internet is too big, once it’s out there in the world, it’s all based on the honor system.

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Yeah that’s very true, also that’s pretty neat I’ve never posted a pattern here so that’s good to know, I guess it would be better if they also posted their pattern on popular, legitimate and safe sites to avoid others stealing and claiming as their own, it would be harder for them steal if there’s already an existing pattern available at a wider range with more chance to be called out if more see the original pattern creater and pattern (although they still can :unamused:) that also brings a good point, if they can sell their makes outside of Ribblr as I’ve personally noticed that since everyone here is a crafter they’re more likely to buy a pattern than a make here

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If I had my way, everyone would make the things and post the pictures then link back to ribblr for the selling of the things, that way the creator gets something out of it… but yeah, you just kind of have to live with knowing that if you put it out there, it’s out there. Think of all the other things this applies to though… sewing patterns, patterns in library books, copy cat recipes, knock-off anything. I’ve even seen etsy shops asking for $15 for a PHOTOCOPY of the little leaflettes you see hanging in the store next to the yarn, you know, the free ones that you can go to the yarn website and load for free. As I said, the internet is too big to stop it.

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Yeah that would be nice, it applies for everything like you said as well and it’s definitely harder to keep track of it as the internet is wide and far, what could also be done is making your own website to sell (There are sites that help make your website without the coding but if you plan to sell on it you have to pay a fee I believe a one time fee depending on the site) that way you can get the profits solely for yourself or company if there is others although that would require marketing (unless you link to it on your social media sites or other sites you sell at saying it’s cheaper as you won’t have to add in the extra money that is taken for fees)

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I am considering the social media… but only to link back to here, I hate social media in general and did not find it helpful in any way for my last business, but it could help here… still pondering

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Yeah the only social media I have is this technically, but I’ve been told to also promote on there, but I’m not sure if anyone would even like my stuff, but marketing is pretty important and thats an option if you prefer it to be free as well I guess it can be a hit or miss depending on the steps you use, some ways of promoting on social media are probably more successful in doing than others

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i dont like it so much when people go really really into details and explanations but im a big fan of pictures!

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Apparently, I just assume folks can google what they don’t know cause I don’t put enough details in

serious sponge bob GIF

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:joy::joy::joy:

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