Friday, March 15, 2013

Random thoughts...

How many of you have never actually tried one of my patterns?  Would you like more information about what they are like?  Or why I do things the way I do?  Read on...

I seriously have a pet peeve with patterns that are nothing more than a hat made almost entirely in double crochet, for a couple of reasons.  First of all, to ME, it looks "amateur" and simple.  It honestly makes me think of the projects I made when I was learning to crochet at about 8 years old.  But the other reason is that you would usually end up with a seam in that kind of pattern and I hate seams on hats with a passion!!  You'll notice one thing about my hats is that they are generally seamless or the seam is hidden so well, you do not see it at all.  So you won't see any plain Jane double crochet hats with a big ugly seam from me.  :)

The other thing about my patterns is that I always try to include as many sizes as possible.  I do not sell sizes separately....in fact, I think that is a huge rip off when designers do that.  My patterns cost $4.95 each and average a total of 5 sizes (at least 4, and sometimes as many as 8!) so that means each size costs you a dollar on average.  WHY would you pay a designer full price for each separate size?  

Another thing about my patterns is that they are tested VERY thoroughly.  Does that mean that they will never have a mistake?  No, we are human so an error occasionally slips through, but when I find one, it does get corrected and sent out again.  I have multiple people test each size, in fact, as many as possible.  

As far as what you can do with my finished patterns, I encourage any and all sales of your finished items.  I encourage you NOT to support the designers who try to make you purchase a "cottage license" or only allow personal use of the finished item (unless that's what you were looking for).  Most of my customers are trying to make some money by selling their handmade items and you should support designers that support YOU.  I don't "require" that you link to me for the pattern when you sell your items online, but I love it when you do!  And when I stumble across those listings that link to me, I often write to them and offer them a free pattern.  I do the same thing with professional photos that are provided to me.  I give a free pattern but I also try to send business their way for the finished hats.  In my opinion we both gain from that.  Other crocheters might see their hat and come to me to buy the pattern, and I can send people looking for finished hats to them, to buy the hat.  (I don't sell finished hats, just patterns.)  

One other pet peeve of mine is seeing a listing for a pattern where the designer goes on and on about what you CAN'T do with the pattern, but doesn't actually tell you what you need to know about the pattern itself, like materials, skill level, etc.  If you check out my Etsy listings, you'll find everything you need to know before purchasing the pattern.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/crochetbyjennifer

Do you have any more questions about my work or what my patterns are like?  Let me know, I'd love to hear from you!  :)

4 comments:

  1. I love your patterns Jennifer. I love that a) your patterns are easy to follow and make sense, b) your patterns are special and a little different, often with great texture, c) I love that you support your customers. Thank you for being an awesome designer and great person to work with! I don't sell many of the things I make, I mostly do it for fun, but it is nice that I can sell finished pieces using your well thought out designs.

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    1. Thank you so much Lois, your support means a lot to me!! :)

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  2. I will say this.. I use a HDC for the majority of my hats that I sell - but I also don't just do basic beanies (and I've found a way to hide the seam, without having to crochet in a spiral). I do love your patterns and I own several of them; but I think there's a way to do a more "basic" look, and still have it look pretty great =)

    that being said, I agree with the poster above me: I love that you allow us to sell the finished work from your patterns for our own profits... and I love the creativity that you come up with for these patterns. They are relatively easy to follow and I love that we have so many sizes to choose from =)

    Keep it up!!

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    1. I do use hdc in quite a few of my hats as well and I don't think there is anything wrong with that (but I do crochet in a spiral). I think there's nothing wrong with a plain and simple hat, I just don't particularly care to design those patterns, that's all. :)

      Thank you for your support!! :)

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