I’m afraid this post got a little long, but hopefully the contents will be interesting to at least some people! And I’ve put a jump in, so those of you reading in feeds shouldn’t be too swamped.
The short version is: there aren’t many crochet patterns in the Ravelry Gift Along, go check them out and buy stuff!
And now for the long version…
Saltire by LilyGo LilyGo is one of my favourite shawl designers, although she’s only put 3 of her crochet shawls in the GAL. This is my pick of the 3, but all her work is worth a look to see what crochet lace can really do.
If you’re on Ravelry, you’ve probably seen the Indie designer giftalong that started last week. Lots of lovely designers have put lots of their patterns into bundles with 25%, and there are lots of even lovelier prizes in the various Knit/Crochet-alongs linked in the group.
Indie designers. Pattern sale. Result!
Mister Mister by pi & anne. I love the use of colour in this. Incredibly simple and effective.
Well, sort of. If you’re a knitter. If you’re a crocheter? The story is a little different.
There are 298 indie designers taking part in the GAL. Of these, only 57 sell crochet patterns in their shop at all (19%). Of those 57, 42 have at least one crochet pattern in their GAL bundle. Of those 42, 12 are offering just 1 crochet pattern, and 10 are crochet-only designers.
Winter Nocturne Shawl by Yuliya Tkacheva (see ‘My picks’ below)
Doing a little more maths, I found that across the 57 designers I looked at, the average (mean) number of patterns offered was 13.25. Multiplying that by the number of designers in the GAL, that’s a total of 3948 patterns (well, there’s an extra .5 in there that I didn’t record, since you can’t buy half a pattern!). Of those 3948 patterns, 301 are crochet. That’s about 7.5%. To put that in perspective, across all of Ravelry, about 48% of the patterns are crochet. I’m still working out what conclusion to draw from that.
ETA: Ravelry’s own statistics on the GAL are here. The numbers look a little different, since they haven’t taken into account designers who sell crochet but haven’t included it in the GAL.
Vote with your wallet
As a crocheter, I spend a lot of time in the company of knitters, and I spend a lot of time wondering why there aren’t the same range of high-quality, advanced crochet patterns as there are knitting. It very much feels to me that crochet is seen as something you do on the way to knitting, rather than an advanced craft in its own right. Many people never get beyond the basics, so there are a lot of beginners patterns and fewer of the lovely shawls/cardigans/jumpers that you see in knitting – there’s nothing to pull people on to improve their skills for. I’m as guilty of this as anyone – one of the reasons I taught myself to knit was that I wanted to make some of the beautiful shawls I’d seen on Ravelry that were knitted rather than crocheted.
Katherine Whorl by Naomi Parkhurst It took me a couple of goes to work out this was crochet! It’s great to come across a type of pattern I haven’t seen before, especially when they come out as good as this!
This isn’t a blame thing. It’s hardly knitters’ faults that they have lots of lovely patterns, and I don’t blame crochet designers for not putting the same number/style of patterns out there when there’s not a clear market for it. We’ve got ourselves into a bit of a “chicken and egg” situation, where there isn’t a market because there aren’t the products, but there aren’t the products because there isn’t a market!
Reserved seating wrap by OneLoopShy New-to-me designers with a great look, this is my favourite of their patterns. I have a real thing for lacy stoles at the moment, and you could easily adapt the stitch pattern for other yarns.
So the only way crocheters are going to get the same range of patterns as knitters is to buy the ones we love and ask for more. Money talks, people! Get shopping!
At the very bottom of this post is a list of all the designers offering at least one crochet pattern, along with a quick description of what’s there, in case anything takes your fancy. Having gone through everything, I’ve also put a few of my favourites below in addition to the ones above. There are some really stunning patterns out there – let’s get buying!
The Harrison Sweater by KNitDesigns. One of very few garment patterns in the GAL, this is a great unisex cardigan.
Precipice shawl by Marnie MacLean. This is a simple shape made stunning by the colour choices. So beautiful.
Estonian Waves Top by Lena Fedotova. Along with Yuliya Tkacheva (Winter Nocturne shawl, above), Lena runs the Cup of Stitches crochet group, and both of their works have a wonderful aesthetic. It’s distinctly crochet while being distinctly different. I’m more than a little in love with their designs.
The Big List – all the crochet in the GAL
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/monika-sirna – 1 pattern, children’s flower headband
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/maya-kuzman – All crochet (12). Flowers, necklaces and bracelets.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/margaret-kendall – 1 pattern, colour-work cowl.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sharon-fuller – 1 pattern, scarf.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ruth-brasch – 2 patterns. Blanket and chunky cowl
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/debbie-sullivan – 2 patterns. Child’s vest and cardigan
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/betty-fay-wallace – All crochet (6). Hat, mittens, scarf, top, baby things.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jennifer-raymond – 5 patterns. 3 amigurumi, 2 scarves.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jessica-bolof – 1 pattern. Man’s hat.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/leslie-rueff – 3 patterns. 2 scarves, hat.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kati-mohr – 1 pattern. Man’s cowl (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/loraine-birchall – 1 pattern. Cowl.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/cheezombie – 3 patterns. Amigurumi.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tian-connaughton – 5 patterns. Shawl, cowl, capelet, mitts, sweater (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/denise-voie-de-vie – 17 patterns. Cowls, scarves, bags, jumper
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/elizabeth-sullivan – 2 patterns. Children’s vest and cardigan.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/lily-go – 3 patterns. Lace shawls (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/janet-brani – 16 patterns. Shawls, scarves, hats, socks, wraps (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/deborah-moore – 1 pattern. Plaid scarf.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/elisha-cram – 2 patterns. Children’s hats
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sonja-otto – All crochet (20). Dolls and children’s clothes.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/susanne-visch – 1 pattern. Childrens’ kimono.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/melinda-miller – All crochet (12). Blocks, scarves, purse.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/marnie-maclean – 3 shawls (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kate-heppell – 1 pattern. Blanket.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/justyna-kacprzak – 18 patterns. Mostly amigurumi, 2 shawls, project bag.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/beth-graham – All crochet (18). Scarves, blankets, cowls and more.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/corley-groves – 4 patterns. Children’s clothes
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/christine-guest – 2 patterns. Game, man’s hat.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/akua-lezli-hope-akuadesigns – All crochet (20). Hats, scarves, decorations, cat clothes!
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/yuliya-tkacheva – All crochet (15). Shawls, scarves, clothes (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/elena-fedotova – All crochet (20). Tops, scarves, shawls, blankets (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/denise-balvanz – 1 pattern. Amigurumi reindeer
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/diane-l-augustin – 2 patterns. Cowls.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/amy-maceyko – 4 patterns. Cowl, scarf, mitts, blanket.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/naomi-parkhurst – 1 pattern. Hat (see above)
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/darleen-hopkins – All crochet (16). Mostly hats, some blankets, some shawls.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sara-peterson – 3 patterns. 1 hat, 2 shawls.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/lindsey-stephens – 19 patterns. Shawls, scarves, socks, hats, amigurumi.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/marie-segares – 15 patterns. Cowls, scarves, shawls, blankets.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sharon-boswell – 1 pattern. Cowl.
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sarah-jane – All crochet (20). Hats, scarves, shawls and more.