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To be honest, I’m not really one for gossip. However, if I happen to stumble upon some juicy tidbits while grabbing a cup of coffee, I might indulge myself for a moment or two. As I was on a chat forum the other day, I saw a topic that caught my attention. “What Do You Hate About Crochet?”

That simple question piqued my curiosity and I found myself stumbling down a gossip hole.

I read comment after comment about inconsistency in patterns, the lack of information, the multiple math errors, and how one pattern is vastly different in formatting from the next. Some mentioned how designers would leave out yarn and hook info, not list gauge, and not explain special stitches in detail.

I was grateful that the commenters didn’t throw any designers under the bus by mentioning them by name. However, they did talk about some designers whose patterns they adore, and the one thing all those designers have in common is that their patterns are formatted consistently and tech edited.

If you don’t want to be the central topic of a gossip thread, you should probably use a style sheet when writing your patterns!

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What is a Style Sheet?

A Style sheet is a document or template that acts as a guide when sitting down to write your crochet pattern. It helps you to maintain consistency and clarity throughout your pattern. It acts like a set of rules and standards that you follow to ensure that your pattern is well-organized, easy to read, and visually appealing. A style sheet outlines the formatting, language, and presentation of your pattern.

Have you ever noticed how crochet and knit magazines always look so put-together and consistent? Well, that’s because they use a style sheet throughout the entire process of writing, formatting, and publishing each issue! Many of the professional crochet designers you admire also use style sheets when writing their patterns.

7 Reasons Why You Need a Style Sheet as a Crochet Designer:


Organize Information:

A style sheet establishes a standard structure and layout of your crochet pattern. It details every bit of information, from Title headings to pattern sections to how you use [brackets] or (parenthesis).

Establishes Clarity:

Using a style sheet helps you to bring clarity to your patterns by knowing how to write information and instructions clearly and easily. This will make it super easy for your audience to understand what you’re trying to convey, which will ultimately lead to a more positive experience for them. Plus, when your patterns are easy to follow, they’ll be more likely to come back and purchase more from you!

Ensures Consistency:

Consistency is so important when writing crochet patterns. Using uniform terms, abbreviations, sizes, colors, and tone throughout your pattern helps to avoid confusion. Having a style sheet will help guide you in writing patterns that are consistent and make it easy for your audience to follow your patterns.

Professional Branding:

If you want people to recognize and remember your crochet patterns, it’s crucial to have a consistent and unique brand. That’s where a style sheet comes in handy – it’s like a cheat sheet for all your branding information, including which fonts, colors, and styling techniques to use to make your patterns stand out from the rest.

Pattern Collaboration:

As a designer collaborating with others on patterns for a magazine, book, or blog, it’s important to have a style sheet as a reference. This ensures that everyone involved in the process is following the same rules and on the same page when it comes to writing patterns.

Time Efficiency:

One of the greatest benefits of having a style sheet is the time you save when writing your crochet patterns. This style sheet acts as a pattern-writing template you can use for future patterns, reducing the amount of time spent on formatting and styling the pattern.

Save Money on Tech Editing:

Tech editing your pattern is an essential step in the pattern writing process, as it helps to ensure that your pattern is as flawless as possible before publishing. This investment in your pattern can be costly, particularly if there are a lot of errors and inconsistencies to be corrected. To help reduce costs, creating a style sheet can assist in eliminating the numerous errors that would otherwise consume your tech editor’s time.


Not Sure What To Include in Your Style Sheet?

Listen, this is where I fly in, laptop in one hand and crochet hook in the other! Think eagle eye with glitter eyeshadow! With my Personalized Style Sheet Template Services, I’ll create a comprehensive style sheet tailored to your unique brand and style. Find out more HERE.


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