What Professional Hookers Really Want!

So, it’s looking like writing pattern reviews will be a little difficult during the busiest time of the year.  The cooler weather and the holidays fast approach and I’ve had a sudden influx of orders.  This is great for me but not so great when I get a request for an item that I’ve never made from a particular designer before.  Why is that no so great?  I’ve got an order, right?  Well, it can be a real bummer when I find out, after struggling and cursing and frogging and cursing some more, that the pattern is so poorly written that I’ve just wasted precious time I could have used to actually complete an order and have it shipped out.

Too often in the last month, I’ve come across patterns that are completely useless to me.  More often that not, I end  up revising the pattern myself and hope for a close resemblance to the actual pattern photo.  Yes, I know.  We’ve all come across these patterns at least once if we crochet for family and fun and more than once if we crochet for profit, but what makes this most surprising to me is that the patterns I’ve had the most trouble with lately have come from the ‘big name’ designers.  I won’t mention any names but if you are a serious crocheting maniac like me, I’ll bet that the first two or three that pop into your head is the first two or three I am also thinking of.

Since I try to be as positive as possible on this blog, instead of ranting about what I’ve come across, I will just supply my Hooker’s Wish List which is a list of what I’d like to see from all designers.  I believe you will be able to identify with at least one and possibly more of my wish list items.  I’d love to hear what you’d put on your own list so please leave a comment if you want to sound off.  So, without further ado, here’s my Hooker’s Wish List:

1. I wish every pattern included every size from newborn to adult.  I’m not a fan of having to purchase two different patterns for the same item if I want to make it in all sizes.

2.  I wish every pattern used increase stitches to change the size of the item and did not just change the hook size.

3.  I wish every pattern was sent through an intensive testing by several testers before being released.  So many errors could be avoided by simply taking the time to allow a fresh set of eyes and hands, or preferably several fresh sets of eyes and hands, have a look and a hook before the pattern is put up for sale.  It may take extra time to get the pattern released but just think of all the emails you won’t have to answer about pattern errata!

4.  I wish every designer would understand that only the written patterns and the photos advertising the patterns are copyrighted to them, not the finished item.  I will not purchase a pattern if it ‘disallows’ sales of the finished item which brings me to my next wish.

5.  I wish cottage licenses were illegal.  Yes, I’m radical.  Make those suckers illegal.  Why should someone continue to profit from my labors and limit the number of items I can sell?
And that brings me to my next wish yet again.

6.  I wish all designers would very clearly disclose their policies on finished items in their listings wherever those listings are sold.  There is nothing worse than purchasing a pattern only to discover that you are not allowed to sell it on the internet or at all.  I’ve had to email a few designers lately to ask them if they allow sales of finished items because if they don’t, I don’t purchase, thank you very much.

7.  I wish that when I do find a problem in a pattern and have to email the designer, that the designer will get back to me promptly so that I can continue with my work.  I also wish for a copy of the revised pattern if changes have to be made and I don’t want to have to monitor the designer’s page constantly to learn of pattern errata.  I don’t always see every post from every crochet page I’m a fan of on Facebook.  I have over 800 ‘likes’ now!

So, those wishes aren’t too numerous or unreasonable.  At least not in my mind.  What about you?  What do you wish for?  Do you disagree with any of my wishes?  I’d love to hear from you!

And now, for closers, a shameless plug for my newest hat creation in my Hattie Hooker shop.   Check out my Super Groovy Rover helmet.  I may release the pattern for this one of these days!


And for those that don’t want to visit my shop, here’s a teaser photo:

Until next time, get your crochet on!


11 responses »

  1. I am a newbie to crochet; but I can relate to your ideas about the patterns/sizing issues! I don’t know if I would ever get good enough to have items to “sell” but I would want to, if I did…like at flea markets etc. interesting points were made! Loved your pic. ~Sharon

  2. Your wishes are reasonable. There is nothing worse then not being able to use a pattern for anything but personal use. And to have to buy several different sizes all for the same pattern is just greedy on the designers part. It can be so discouraging as a crocheter to work a pattern that doesn’t come out like it should and taking extra time and effort to make it work. Crocheting is relaxing and wonderful and should never be frustrating because of little details that can be easily avoided.

  3. I completely agree with each and every one of your wishes and do not think any are unreasonable to ask. One thing I also hate is when you contact the designer about an issue and they respond back with excuses like the wrong revision was sent out, or that it was their testers fault. Yes mistakes happen, own up to them and fix them.

  4. A wish that I have would be for a consistent gauge industry-wide. Xsts and Yrows=4″ using Zhook. None of this “put your work up to this line at this point and it should be the same length.” Or 6.75sts and 8.35 rows=3.974″ (okay I’m exaggerating a little, but I’m pretty sure you know what I mean). Also, if a designer includes metric hooks sizes in brackets, that’s extra brownie points in my books. Not ALL of your customers are American! Yes, we can easily find conversion charts. But we’re just as excited about diving into a new pattern as anyone else and it’s a bit of a buzz kill when you have to look up which hook you’re using!

    • Gauge is also affected by the yarn you are using (some even in the same category can actually be different ie: Caron Simply Soft and Lion Brand’s Vanna Choice) and your tension. I agree thought with the metric size! I have Boyle hooks and a lot of designer uses a Susan Bates or another one that doesn’t match Boyle’s metric but letter.

  5. Reblogged this on Keep Me In Stitchez: The Blog and commented:
    Well said! A “Hooker’s” wish list 😉

  6. I am a hooker, but rarely buy patterns. That being said, I do design patterns, and with the exception of my cowls (i think they are a chocking hazard for kids), I try to make my patterns for all sizes. In fact, in reading your “wish list”, I am excited to know that I already meet your requirements and have been since day one.
    I began designing because I had to re-write every single pattern I tried. I got so tired of reworking them to make them work, I started writing my own (for my own use), but then others started asking for them, so I began releasing my patterns (after testing). In fact, I have about 8 designs that I never released because the testers either didn’t finish or were not able to make them. Either way, unless all the testers are able to make the item without issue, the pattern is not released.

    Finally, as a designer, my pattern tester wish list:
    1. Testers send back feedback on what they liked and didn’t in the pattern.
    2. Testers look for typos (because I make them).
    3. Testers send a photo of completed item, so I know for sure that what it is supposed to look like is what they made.
    4. That testers just be honest if they are unable to complete test due to outside issues.

    I don’t set deadlines on most of my testing, but many just disappear, because only one tester’s feedback isn’t enough.

    Finally, good luck with your busy season!!!

    • Thank you Valorie! I’m so glad to see that you also posted from a designer’s point of view and gave us your own wish list. I happen to be part of a tester group for one of the larger pattern designers and I can tell you that she feels the same way you do when it comes to what she expects of her testers. Have you tried gathering yourself a more permanent pool of testers that can interact in a private group on Facebook? You would have quicker responses, more interaction with your testers, and also interaction among the testers with each other too which is helpful too when trying to get information out to all testers about corrections, etc. I know that it has worked for the designer that I test for. Thank you for your well wishes for my busy season and for promoting my blog on your Facebook page. I wish you much success in your designing endeavors!

  7. I just thought you should know that once you buy a pattern it doesn’t matter if the designer says you can sell finished items or not, it is your finished item to do as you please, even if they “don’t allow it.” Also cottage licenses are a completely made up thing for designers to make more money. There is absoloutly no law allowing them to restrict sales of finished items, so they can’t sue you or pursue any legal action at all.

    • You’re absolutely right Jessie! A designer only holds the copyright to the pattern itself and not the clothing item made from that pattern. I just don’t like to support pattern designers that would put those types of restrictions on a pattern in the first place so I just pass them by. I always credit the designer of a pattern in all of my listings because I feel like it’s the right thing to do if I liked the pattern enough to create items from it and sell them. I want to promote good designers that also encourage others to be successful in their own business.


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