Today’s crochet quote comes from Irish Crochet: Crocheter’s Historical Pattern Series Volume Two by Melissa Johnson.

“The aim of the worker should be to produce the most artistic work she is capable of; therefore if by altering a curve, or by adding a leaflet to any sprig, she would make a design more pleasing to herself, she should not one moment hesitate to follow her artistic instinct.”

I love the fact that even this historical text, which dates back to 1911, encourages creativity from the crocheter!

Do you alter crochet patterns to suit your own tastes or do you follow them to the letter?


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. icrochetinoh Reply

    If I feel the need to alter a pattern then I will do it. I have altered things in the past by changing the yarn or adding some thing or taking something away from it.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @icrochetinoh Changing the yarn is the most common way that I alter patterns. I pretty much never work with the yarn the pattern calls for. :) I also modify shape a lot as I’m going if it’s something wearable for me.

  2. love the quote.I follow to the letter..This is one of my goals to be able to open myself up to my creativity by “playing outside the box”(thinking) I am trying… peoples brains just work different.. One of the great things about your (and a few others) blogs and pics let my brain play. Inspiration can lead to chainy creativity….

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @65mary65 When I first learn a new crochet technique I tend to follow the pattern exactly but then as I get more comfortable with it I’ll do my own things. I think it’s wonderful that you’re getting some inspiration online that might open the doors to creativity. Are you familiar with Pinterest? It’s a site where people post images of things that the like and there are lots of crochet things on there that might also boost your inspiration. You can check mine out at

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