Crochet Pattern Rant

If I walk into a shop I can purchase a whole book of crochet patterns that have been, presumably, edited and test-crocheted over many many months and I’ll pay maybe $10 and maybe up as far as $20. Generally it works out to about $1-$2 per pattern. And I expect that said book will include lovely photography, charts and explanations, full details of yarns used and maybe even a detailed How to Crochet section. I can even go to the book’s info pages and figure out if it’s US or UK terminology – gosh some will even have give me a handy table of conversions.

So, what makes you think that your single pattern is worth double or more what one of those professional patterns is worth? And why on earth should I pay you for the second rate can’t-be-arsed approach to checking that you’ve got your numbers right? And while I can accept that it might be confusing to you, in your small minded think-you’re-too-good way to be bothered translating your entire pattern into both UK and US, I really don’t believe it is too much to ask that you stick in a single line that means that I don’t have to read through for the country specific terms myself – especially since I’ve just paid you more than double what I’d have paid someone who knows what they’re doing for the same thing.

OK… breath in…. breath out… and…. back to calm.

2 thoughts on “Crochet Pattern Rant”

  1. While I completely agree with you regarding translating patterns into the different languages, providing charts, testing patterns and all the rest, I have to disagree with you about the pricing of good, single patterns.

    A book, if you’re so lucky to be successful enough to have one published (we can all dream…), will sell better and can totally afford to reduce the price of individual patterns as a result. For us designers who are not in a position to publish a book, single patterns are our only source of income, and have to be sold at a higher premium, especially since some of us sell those same single patterns at wholesale to shops, who then bump the price up to the original price to make it worth their while.

    If I sold my single patterns at $2.00 each, say, I’m likely be selling them wholesale for around 50cents. Who can live on that?!

    But, that said, those same single patterns SHOULD be well-written, tested and translated to be worthy of that price.

  2. Ooh – to be honest I didn’t think of the wholesale type situation, good point. And some books I’ve purchased are really 5 patterns plus 10 variations to those patterns.

    In hindsight I could have searched further to get the components needed for what I’m making via other patterns and pieced it all together myself for free, but generally I’m happy to pay someone for their hard work – providing that the quality is there. It wasn’t in this instance, so I was kinda as much annoyed with myself as with the designer.

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