Good morning all,
I hope your having a great day! As promised here is Part 3 of How To Read A Crochet Pattern, Pattern Titles. Today we will hear from Courtney Whitehead of Creations by Courtney. Welcome!
National Crochet Month Pattern Titles
Hi All! I’m Courtney of Creations By Courtney. I am excited to participate in the MadeByNovella National Crochet Month, How to Read a Crochet Pattern series. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be here with you all.
I have the pleasure of sharing ideas with you about Pattern Titles.
This is a topic that many designers cringe at because it can be more difficult than coming up with the idea, creating an item, writing the pattern and getting it tested!
Sometimes you come across a beautiful crochet design, but have no idea how to pronounce the title, or you can’t remember the specific title in order to search for it in Ravelry.
There are many different ways a crochet designer comes to decide on a pattern title. The easiest plan of action is to name the pattern after the stitches used, such as I did with the Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves, or use the yarn name, such as Heartland Yarn’s Kings Canyon (a lovely marbled hunter green by Lion Brand Yarns). In having used this particular stitch pattern for the third time, I decided to call it by one of its many names rather than Charcoal Fingerless Gloves. Which title do you prefer? I hope you said Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves. 🙂
Some designers find inspiration in nature, such as trees, flowers, or destinations. Isn’t nature an amazing source of beauty? You may discover a series of designs or even an eBook of accessories named after your favorite landscape features or locals to visit for vacation.
How about naming a pattern after a person, place or thing? I’ve created several designs using a noun, so to speak, such as the Terry Ann Hat, Las Olas Hat and the Rainy Day Hat. The Las Olas Hat was inspired by a sunset while riding along Las Olas Avenue in south Miami, and the Rainy Day Hat was a way of coping with the howling hurricane blowing over our house.*No, I didn’t take the picture outside in the howling wind and rain. I did not have any desire to feel like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. 🙂
Do you have a favorite designer that you recognize almost instantly when you see a product picture? You likely have at least one that you know as well as a friend when a new design pops up in your social media feed. You readily recognize their designs because of brand consistency. Some designers are known for a feminine look, so their titles use feminine terms, such as lacy gauntlets rather than lacy gloves. Others may have an edgier style and use creative terms that are consistent with their brand.
No matter what the title of a crochet pattern, know that the designer likely put a lot of thought and intention into the name, and they hope you love creating an item from their pattern. If it is a pattern title that you can’t pronounce, be sure to add it to your Ravelry queue or save it to Pinterest so you can find it once you finish the other 139 works in progress 😉
As a relatively new designer myself, I’ve been crocheting for the past 16 years consistently. My mother taught me to knit and crochet as a young child, but I never finished that first “blanket.” My second project was a lop-sided rectangle turned cross-body bag made from Homespun.
During college, I decided to give crochet a serious go, and made a hat and scarf set for myself, and eventually made hats for other students. I made many projects while in graduate school in Chicago for relaxation and necessity to not freeze during blustery winters.
Now I am a wife, mom of three young kids, and a licensed psychologist. I live in the southeastern United States, but spent several years in the Midwest. Now that I’m back to my home state, I get to spend time with my parents, siblings, and nephews. When I can find some free time, I’ll try different fitness classes with friends.
In April 2011, I decided to turn my occasional crochet orders for friends and family into a business with a website. I began Creations By Courtney with the idea of making finished items to sell. Like many hand makers, it becomes hard to make the same item for the hundredth time so I began creating simple designs. In 2016, I started CBC Designs to share my crochet designs and published my first pattern, the X Bangle.
As a designer, my vision is to create unique items with a fashionable flair that compliments everybody, whether it’s an accessory or a wearable item that can be worn to the office or an evening out on the town. If you would like to connect with me, use any or all of the links below. I look forward to meeting more yarn loving friends.
Thank you so much Courtney for your insights, this was a fun and interesting read! Next week’s guest post will be on Pictures, What Are They Good For, given to us by Kirsten Holloway of Kirsten Holloway Designs. I am looking forward to seeing you then & thank you very much for visiting my blog. ❤ Novella <><