FAQ

by Doroteja

Hi! You probably have questions. Am I right? That’s good! Here is a list of my most frequently asked questions. Browse through those and if your question isn’t answered below, contact me via email [email protected]

I want to learn how to crochet. Where should I begin?

I am so happy to hear you want to learn how to crochet!  There are many free resources online that can help you begin your own crochet journey.

For starters, check out my How To Crochet serials where I cover crochet basics. The library is constantly growing and getting bigger.

I saw a ton of nice patterns on your web side. Which of your patterns do you recommend for beginners?

I recommend starting with something simple, like a blanket or scarf. I know it sounds repetitive and too simple, but believe me, that is exactly what you need.

Those projects will help you with your gauge and tension. Keeping those two consistent is a craft itself, especially when it comes to making crochet baby booties. You have to keep your tension the same thought the whole pattern, otherwise, your shoes won’t be the same size.

The other thing is learning stitches. You have to learn those, so you can understand and follow the patterns.

Where do you buy your yarn?  What type of yarn do you use for your projects?

I buy most of my yarn online. My favorite shops are Love Crafts, Yarn Plaza, and the Wool Warehouse.

I have great experiences with all of them. All three shops have a great yarn choice and they ship worldwide (please double check if they ship to your country!).

I love cotton yarn. Preferably in DK and Aran/Worsted weight. My favorite ones are Yarn and Colors Epic (worsted weight), Yarn and Colors Must Have (DK), Drops Paris (worsted weight) and Paintbox Cotton Aran and DK.

What crochet hooks do you use?

I am not very picky when it comes to crochet hooks. I still use crochet hooks from my very first set of hooks I bought on eBay years ago.

But, if you would like to know which one is my favorite one, then I would say Clover Soft Touch crochet hook. It has a good grip and the hook slides between the stitches like silk. Perfect for fast crocheters and those who like to use cotton, because it doesn’t split the yarn.

Do you sell your creations/ finished items?

Unfortunately, not. The shipping fees from my country are way too high. Thanks for showing interest! It means a lot.

Where can I find your crochet patterns?

You can find free crochet instructions here on my blog and on my YouTube channel. However, in the smallest size only.

I also offer beautifully designed PDF patterns available in my pattern shops on Etsy, Ravelry and Love Crafts.

Can I sell products made with your patterns?

Yes. Feel free to sell the finished products made from my patterns, but please credit the original design to Croby Patterns. 

Please consider making more of them and give some to charity. There are so many children in this world that need help.

I sell two kinds of patterns in my shops:

  • Patterns that you can find with ads on my blog and YouTube channel. I call those basic patterns. Those patterns are in my pattern stores available as inexpensive beautifully designed ad-free PDF crochet patterns. They usually include one additional size or shape
  • And patterns that are part of my premium collection. They are beautifully designed, filled with helpful pictures and step by step instructions. They are available in my pattern stores only.

Can I link to your work in my blog or round-up?

Yes. Thank you for trusting me and considering sharing my work with your followers.

I have some ground rules dough!

  • you can use one picture only
  • you can not copy and share any parts of the pattern
  • link the post back to my original work/post
  • do not share any parts of the website as your own!

Is there possible to get any of your free patterns as free printable PDF files?

Yes! You can find them in my pattern shops on Etsy, Ravelry and Love Crafts.

Can I use your pattern and create a video tutorial of any sort?

No.

Can I use your pattern or videos as a learning material to teach other people how to crochet (crochet course)?

No.

Can I translate the pattern and share it on my blog?

No.

Do you take requests for your future projects?

Always! I am not making any promises, but I am always happy to hear what you would like to crochet and learn. Send them over via email [email protected]

Are your crochet patterns written in US or UK terms?

In US crochet terms. No exception.

What camera do you use to take your photos and videos?

For photos: my Google Pixel phone and Nikkon 5500 with 18 – 140 mm and 35 mm prime lens.

For video: CannonG7x. For now.

What program do you use to edit?

I use Adobe Lightroom for photos, Adobe Premier Pro for my videos and Adobe Indesign for my crochet patterns and PDF files.

Why did you name your blog Croby Patterns?

Croby is short for crochet baby.

How do I make my finished item bigger?

The easiest way is to use a larger crochet hook and a thicker yarn than the one specified in the pattern. Crochet one sole, then check if the final size of the sole is the size you want. If yes, continue on the upper part. If no, use an even larger hook and a thicker yarn. You can read more about it HERE.

Sometimes changing the size of the final item can demand changes in the pattern. In this case, you have to rewrite the pattern and adjust it for bigger sizes.