Consistent writing is key to customer retention as people will return again and again to designers whose pattern writing they like.

Customers enjoy patterns that are well written and contain all the information they need to prepare to make and to make the item.

Creating and maintaining your own brand style sheet is fundamental to creating quality patterns that are consistent even if you are the only author, but crucial if you work collaboratively. A good style sheet will cover both the technical and the editorial style of you patterns. Style sheets save tech editors' time, which saves you money. A tech editor can check your work against your style sheet rather than having to ask you which your preference is on any writing discrepancies. They also reduce pattern writing time as once a decision has been made its recorded for you, ready to be accessed.

In this course you will learn

Speed up your pattern writing from here on!

  • Why you need a style sheet

  • About the two main styles of crochet pattern writing and finding your own style within them

  • How to describe complex ideas clearly and consistently

  • What to include in your style sheet

  • How to maintain and develop your style sheet

  • How to use a style sheet to work collaboratively

This course includes

  • On demand video tutorials

  • Helpful proformas for creating your style sheet, what your pattern should include and a guide to listing patterns for sales

  • Access to our Professionals Lounge, a forum in which to ask questions, share with fellow designers and learn more

Buy this class on its own

Or buy as part of the Self Publishing Tool Kit

Learn everything you need to self publish your designs

Your instructor

Joanne has been a crochet writer, editor and teacher since 2011 and has worked with major yarn companies, festivals and magazines in the UK and internationally and self publishes her design work, online classes and tutorials at

Joanne Scrace

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to Building a Style Sheet

    • Course Overview

    • Why you need a style sheet

    • The two styles of crochet writing and dealing with complexity

    • The key features every style sheet should have

    • Pattern Listing Proforma

    • Stylesheet and Pattern Proforma

    • A note on the example documents supplied

    • Using and maintaining your stylesheet