I spent the day yesterday outside of Philadelphia, PA at a “professional development day” for crochet designers, publishers, editors, etc. (It’s part of the Knit and Crochet Show that’s going on this week.) At lunch we got to see a preview of the new magazine Crochet Today. Bret Bara, the magazine’s editor said they spent a long time with focus groups figuring out what should be different about the new magazine–two things stood out to me:

  • Their participants wanted (and are getting) schematics
  • Their participants wanted (and are getting) charts

By the way, the room erupted in applause upon hearing this news. Schematics, of course, help the crocheter to understand how the garment comes together–but it also makes it so much easier to alter sizing, change yarns, stitch patterns, essentially become a more active creative participant in the process of creating the garment–not just a stitcher. And of course, schematics have been a standard part of knitting patterns for a long time.

Charts, well, I love charts–charts can take hundreds of words and abbreviations and simplify them–charts are why we can read adorable japanese crochet patterns, charts could, possibly make it so crochet patterns don’t take up *three times* the space in print that knitting patterns do, perhaps encouraging editors of publications that carry both media to include more crochet. I was very excited.

What’s more, this morning, I got home and found Carol Alexander’s “Talking Crochet” in my inbox. Coincidentally, she said her readers are “demanding” schematics–and starting in November “Crochet!” and her other publications will have them. Woohoo! The power of the customer. Now let’s start demanding charts too.

By the way, I’ll have more fun news and pix from PDD soon–I got to meet Drew in person, (he’s just as nice as he seems, and very, very, funny), catch up with friends, and learn lots of great stuff. I just wish I could have stayed longer, it sounds like the rest of the weekend is going to be a blast. Enjoy, guys!

Crocheter’s demand "grown-up" patterns

6 thoughts on “Crocheter’s demand "grown-up" patterns

  • July 13, 2006 at 2:52 pm
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    Were you in Valley Forge? Only bout an hour away from me today.

    Schematics are so helpful and I just started really trying to read charts. Now, if they would only come up with larger sizes for women, it would all be perfect!

  • July 13, 2006 at 2:55 pm
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    Awesome! I heard a little about the conference already, can’t wait to talk to you about it in more detail.

  • July 13, 2006 at 2:58 pm
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    that’s great, amy! I’m happy to hear people are listening. 🙂 I hate making anything without a schematic and I find charts easier and quicker to read.

  • July 13, 2006 at 7:55 pm
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    WOW that is great news! For me, schematics make it all “come together” and make sense. Thanks for the news!!!

  • July 14, 2006 at 11:50 am
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    Wow, that’s great news. I didn’t realize lack of charts were why crochet patterns take up so much room. I love schematics and charts, and can’t wait to start seeing more of them.

  • July 20, 2006 at 10:42 pm
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    I missed Bret’s talk. Darn. But yeah, charts and schematics are important. Schematics are easy to make. It’s the charts that are killer. I mean, one could draw up a picture, but to make it look good, you need good software. I bought some for the MAC, and so far, it’s not intuitive. It was designed for a PC. Bah, bumbug. Anyway, did Bret say that handing in drawings of charts was considered acceptable? I can’t imagine they’re looking for the next Picasso.

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