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Anyone have a tutorial, or good advice for Creating my own Crochet patterns on paper/computer? Answered

I've been designing and crocheting my own items-sweaters, shawls, purses, backpacks, scarves, gloves etc for over 15 years now.
I just never thought to write them down.
I need help.
If anyone knows of a free program, free template, or a free tutorial for how to put a crochet pattern down on paper, I'd be SUPER Grateful!

Thanks in advance to anyone who answers! 

I'd be happy to crochet for anyone who would like something.  At this point I only sell by word of mouth, which in my way of doing something is that I make the first item for whomever (usually a friend or casual acquaintence) asked me to do it-usually for free.  If someone whom That Person knows now wants the same item in a different color or texture, size, etc...that one I charge for.  I have never used someone else's pattern for sale items. 

And, believe it or not, In my 25+ years of Crochet, Knitting, and all other crafting I've yet to make anything for me.  I'm my worst customer, I guess...lol.
The list of things I've made for others, just for them to have, birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, baby showers, bridal showers, and a bunch of other reasons for crafting, is Super Long.  Probably in the mid 5,000's.


I'm working on that for myself but I'll share what I've done so far. I tend to draw a chart (using the various crochet symbols I've seen in other crochet patterns) or a graph (on graph paper in MSPaint) of my projects as I make them the first time. I did this with a robot amigurumi that I made for a friend. Now, I'm in the process of translating that into an actual pattern. I'm making a second robot as I go to help me remember what I did in the various lines of the chart.

I hope this helps...


5 years ago

I haven't done it myself, but what if you had a voice activated recorder at hand and talked to it as you work? I'm not thinking each stitch, but rather each time you change what you're doing and the stitch count from the last time you changed.