New for 2021: Crochet Pattern Reviews

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Since 2008, I have been filming tutorials and I thoroughly enjoy the process. Like anything in life, the manual process of showing step by step is time-consuming.

In reviewing comments for 2020, many people just need clarity instead of watching me do it.

Pattern Review

My goals are simple:

  1. Review the pattern from a structure point of view.
  2. Go through the materials list and overall thoughts of the pattern.
  3. Then dive hard into the pattern to determine if there are potential roadblocks or tips I can add to assist.

It’s now 2021, there are so many tutorial hosts such as myself. Generally speaking, almost all stitches are filmed in some compacity. They may not be grouped together to film the pattern that I am reviewing, but the resources are out there.

I will still be filming tutorials, but there are many patterns where filming a tutorial isn’t required but a general walkthrough. With so many series out there of learning to crochet that already exists, this may be the next step for me to go into. I tried this back in 2012 and failed miserably. There is an expectation on YouTube that every pattern shown has a full tutorial, I feel that’s not the case as Yarnspirations has 8,000 free patterns and only about 13% are actually in video tutorial format. The most popular downloads, many of them, don’t have a supporting tutorial. This tells me, maybe just a walkthrough is needed.

I’m going to try this concept and see how it goes. I could be wrong but I won’t know unless I try. I started practicing yesterday for this concept. The strongest goal is to not be long-winded and get to the point fast.

More Ideas

  1. 21 Mikey’s Worst Video Tutorials of 2020(Opens in a new browser tab)
  2. Make A Tutorial Video Request(Opens in a new browser tab)


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  1. Jeanetta

    How do I join the next 2021 stitch along?

    • Mikey

      Announcements will come out near the end of February. Please stay tuned.

  2. Christine Gibson

    Yay!!! I write a lot of technical documentation (for application development, but the lessons I have learned can be applied universally). There is A LOT of room for improvement in crochet patterns and it is so very frustrating to find a pattern issue once you have all the supplies and have already begun the work.

    I am very much looking forward to this!!!!

  3. Liz

    Hello hello I’m so happy to find you I had to say it twice! I’ve been grumbling to myself that I wish there were more resources out here in the etherwebs that just do — what — oh, look! Exactly what you are planning to do. Love the videos I’ve watched so far – you’re a good fit for me, easy to watch and listen to, and I’m so looking forward to rummaging around in here for new ideas and to see what you do with this new framework. I love all the resources out there, and school myself to appreciate how many people are kind enough to teach the foundations as part of every tutorial, but as an intermediate stitcher I’m STOKED to find more advanced stuff. Can’t wait to see. Cheers!

  4. Bonnie Ratcliff

    Everything they’ve said and more. I pray your new attempt is successful and I truly believe it will be. Your tutorials are where I learned how to crochet in 2016 (I think) and I’m still learning new stitches and techniques from you today. I say ‘I think’ because I feel like I’ve been crocheting forever! LOL! You did that for me and I love you for it. Your idea of now teaching/explaining how and why a technique is used or a stitch is made I think will reach and help millions. So congratulations and good luck! Look out 2021 here we come! Love you guys!

    • Mikey

      Thank you Bonnie for your support and comments you have left for me at random times here on the blog. Nice to see a familiar name. Have a great 2021.


    I understand not every project needs a tutorial – but I have learned many little ”tips” from watching them, even if I already know the stitch. I hope you continue to produce some, especially for intermediate and advanced projects. I’ll continue to watch/read you and look forward to learning more. Happy New Year!

  6. Ruth Richardson

    Making tutorials for all projects would surely be a tall order so I hear where you are coming from. An overall review of new projects would be helpful as well as keeping the skill designation. Reference to any ‘new’ stitches or steps within the pattern would also be helpful. Allowing discussion between members can often get one through a difficult step. Give it a go, Mikey – I’m with you regardless! 🙂

  7. Mary Monk

    I think this is a great idea! You can tell people to check your channel (or others) for the specific stitch or technique video which is already available. That will free you up to focus on what is special or unique about the pattern you are working on. Your beginner series ( and several others) cover all the basics.
    This will allow you to showcase more patterns and for us all to learn more.
    Thanks for all you do, and especially the left-handed videos.

  8. Roxane Aromando

    I make a lot of your patterns by following the videos. I got back into crocheting because of your videos. I made the 12 point star 8 years ago. I still have that afghan on the back of my couch. Thank you for all you do for the crochet world!

  9. Kellie

    Mikey, your video tutorials are my favorite on youtube. You taught me to crochet, and your videos are my go to for new projects. You explain things in a way that’s easy to understand, and I appreciate everything you do.

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