How to Name Your Patterns

by Alison Stapleton

Pattern Designers

If you are a pattern designer and most of us are, and I certainly am, you need to name each pattern

I find the main trend is to name things after girls names like Jessica’s hat and Megan’s hat. But in the end there are so many Jessica’s hats that it gets confusing.

Let me share with you some ideas on naming your crochet items so they add value to your goods and they start to sell themselves.


Naming the names

I’ve always been a stickler for names and naming things correctly as I believe that the names you have and use impart some of the meaning to the items or person.

It is often the case that Mr. Woods is a gardener and Mrs. Draper is in fact a draper. These are last names and the root for most last names is from the trades the people performed way back.

Choosing a good name for your patterns may take a bit of thought, but it is worth it. There is no hard and fast rule on how to do this, however, you will know when you have the best name for your patterns.

Maybe you are into gemstones, so you name you patterns the Emerald Earwarmer or the Beryl Bag.

Or perhaps you like dogs, so you name your items the Labrador Lacy Legwarmer and the Pretty Poodle Purse. It doesn’t matter what you choose really, but that the names mean something to you, and they are not another Jessica’s hat.

Old English Creations Pattern names

Because I have the crochet name of Old English Creations I decided to name my patterns after the counties in England and other villages, towns and cities I have visited.

Most of our patterns come with a little snippet from Merry Old England and elsewhere and are named after places we have lived.

County

An English county is like a U.S. State or a Canadian or South African province.

There is no rhyme or reason but I thought it was a good way to move from your Jessica hat and the next persons Jessica’s hat.

But let me tell you a secret.

The first pattern is named Lancashire for a reason that Lancashire is my home county. I was born there and it will always have a special jam place in my heart.

But.

Because I make shawls and wraps there is an old folk song about Lancashire shawls.

Here goes…

The Lassie from Lancashire

She’s a lassie from Lancashire

Just a lassie from Lancashire.

She’s a lassie from Lancashire

Oh, so, dear.

Though she dresses in clogs and shawls,

She’s the prettiest of them all.

None could be rarer, or fairer, than Sarah,

The lassie from Lancashire.


As I start this blog and get things going I may live to regret this decision (to name things as above), but that will be a thought for another day and for now I like the plan and will keep to it.