Design Like the Pros

. I firmly believe that every crocheter is an up-and-coming crochet designer. Crochet lends itself well to being adapted by crocheters of any skill level. What crocheter hasn't looked at a stitch dictionary and used a pattern there to make a dishcloth or a scarf? That's designing! See? We're all designers, even if we didn't know it.
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Fall 2010 project Picot Trellis from Basic Crochet Stitches
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A stitch guide is a great place to start for designing anything from a potholder to a garment. Many of our best designers start with a single stitch pattern as the inspiration for their pieces.
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Fall 2010 project Fantail from Basic Crochet Stitches
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Here's a sneak peek at some of the stitch patterns used in projects from our upcoming Fall issue of Interweave Crochet! Take a look at these close-ups of Fall projects, alongside similar stitch patterns from The Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches (Interweave, 2008). See how similar they are? With a little experimentation, you can adapt any stitch pattern to suit your own design fancy. Try working the stitches top-down instead of bottom-up, or add a fancy picot to the top of a fan stitch. The possibilities are endless!
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Fall 2010 project Two-Leaf Bar from Basic Crochet Stitches
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Even the most complicated ultra-shaped-lacy-uniquely-constructed masterpiece of crochet is still a series of simple stitches, worked in a specific order. What order you put them in is the groundwork for your own special design. So take a flip through the Harmony Guide and see if you find something inspiring–I'll be watching for your submissions to Interweave Crochet!

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Until next time,

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