I've been researching pattern writing and pricing to get ready to start making my own! Mostly I've been browsing crochet patterns on Etsy and Ravelry, downloading free ones to compare their approaches, notations, and professionalism. It's been really informative! Especially seeing as I haven't made anything from a pattern in four years.
Haven't found any patterns written in international crochet symbols! Is that weird, or does no one use them? I find international crochet symbols much easier to read and interpret than the list format that everyone seems to use on their patterns. I had been planning on international symbols for my patterns- would that just confuse the hell out of everyone? I figured I'd include a key as well as individual stitch instructions for first timers (and pictures, of course! Not to mention additional video tutorials), but if everyone wants list format I guess I could do list format instructions too...
I think list format is archaic!
It's a big reason I stopped using patterns so quickly. I think we all need to move beyond that and think more three-dimensionally! Crochet is better than a list of increases and decreases. *rant rant*
Also, I'm thinking about pricing for my dwarven helm pattern (that will be my first pattern for sale- I might make a test run that will be free for you to all try and give me feedback on). I was aiming for $10-15, considering all the extra content and the fact that I will really put time into the formatting and graphic design. I know that's high for a single pattern, do you think it would put people off? What would you all be prepared to pay for it, in the hypothetical situation that you wanted to buy it?
I'll put up a couple of polls, too- for people who feel intimidated by leaving comments!