Standard Crochet Pattern Elements
- Is the name of the pattern and a photo prominently displayed at the top of the pattern?
- Does the designer assign a difficulty rating to their pattern?
- Is a gauge given and if so, what type of gauge (horizontal/vertical swatch, chain only, sized by a certain number of rounds, swatch of a portion of the pattern)?
- Is there an abbreviation key?
- Are measurements or a size chart included?
- Is a hook size given either by letter, number, or both?
- Is a recommended yarn listed either by weight, brand, or fiber?
- Is there information on how to contact the designer?
- Is there a materials list (i.e. ribbon, buttons, etc.) if pattern includes extras?
- Is there a photo or written tutorial on special or difficult stitches or techniques?
- Are there stitch counts at the end of every row or round?
- Does the designer signify if the turning chain is counted in your row count?
Subjective Crochet Pattern Elements
- Is the pattern uncluttered, orderly, nicely laid out? Does the designer give directions on where to find the next step if there is a break between sizes or there are pieces to crochet and sew on?
- Is the font easy to read? Are stitch counts that are laid out in parenthesis to signify different sizes highlighted in different colors or placed so that they are easy to follow?
- Does the pattern writer have a ‘friendly’ writing style? Do they add a personal flair? Does their tone encourage you to seek assistance should you run into a problem?
- Does my finished item look the same or similar to the designer’s photo?
- Are there adequate, too many or too few photos showing special stitches, parts placements, etc. and are these photos clear? Are they labeled with an explanation?
- Are special instructions such as “do not turn” or “slip stitch into second stitch of your turning chain” included and are they used consistently?
- Is the pattern clear and concise, free of run on sentences and unnecessary information?
- Using and matching the gauge (not the hook size) the designer gave, did the finished piece measure the same or very similar to measurements given?
- Were typos or misspellings found in the course of working the pattern? How many?
- Does the designer allow sales of items made from the pattern? Are there any restrictions?
- Where was pattern purchased (Ravelry, designer’s personal website, Etsy, etc.)?
- In the sales description, does the designer give enough information to help you make an informed buying decision? (Do they list the sizes they include in the pattern, the hook size, yarn recommendation, difficulty level, etc.?)
- Is the tone of their advertising friendly and inviting?
- Do they provide good quality photos of the finished product?