Some I like okay, but, there are similar patterns I feel are much better but not hugely popular. I wonder why one pattern and not the other. Some I just shake my head and wonder what anyone sees in the design. Since they’re so popular, obviously a lot of people like them and I’m the minority. Unlike my personal leanings, a pattern is more likely to be popular if it’s in the 3-5 range for complexity, based on Ravelry’s 10 point scale. This is just past a very beginning knitter; so it is accessible to the largest chunk of knitters without being too complex. The more complex, the fewer knitters that will have the skills to work the pattern, no matter how much they might like the design…at least, that’s what I’ve been told by knitting store owners.
From my perspective, I have limited time & funds for projects so I do try to pick ones that are interesting to me. Generally, it will not be a simple, fast knit. While I do a few of those types of projects, I spend a lot more time on projects that challenge me in some way–let it be colorwork, intricate patterns, a new technique…
Presenting GOOD/INTERESTING PHOTOS really is the main marketing tool. I don’t look at pattern name until/unless the photo catches my eye. Things that tend to catch my eye are either colorful, very detailed, or so cryptic I have to click to find out more about it (but sometimes I just skip those too.) I am also more likely to consider a pattern with multiple photos–both close-ups and distance shots, as well as patterns that may show multiple projects/examples. Some photos are striking on the model; but, I do NOT have a model shape. Thus, the project doesn’t have similar appeal on me. I like to see variety in colors, types of yarn, body sizes/styles, etc. This may be challenging for some designers. Since I’ve performed several test knits & shared photos regularly in recent months, I would think that process would easily be filled in the variety factor.
REASONABLY-PRICED is another. If I can make something I like for free, I’m more likely to make that than a pay version. However, I don’t hesitate to pay for one that is unique like heirloom lace. That’s me…people vary a lot on the price point thing.
I do try to keep up with what’s popular but don’t typically knit it myself. I like things that have something unique about them for my own projects. There are some designers that really strike a chord with me. When I find one, I will often favorite up to half their patterns because their ideas really sync up with my own. My take is that the more designs that you have out there, the better the chance one of them will catch someone’s eye and he/she will likely discover the rest of your designs. What draws you to a particular pattern or puts off making it? Am I missing out on something by not knitting/crocheting them. Do they become more popular simply because they are popular?
Star Gazing is back on track 😀
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!