FAQ

What type of photo works best for written portrait patterns?

The best photo to produce a written pattern from is digital. If a digital photo is not available, please scan the physical photo at the highest resolution for the best clarity. It’s best to have the subject(s) close up, showing sharp, clear features. Glare, graininess or shadows will interfere with getting the best results. Also, PLEASE don’t take a photo OF a photo…..that doesn’t work, and they will not be accepted.

Is there a website with helpful information for those of us who have not yet bought a pattern and can’t join the closed support group?

Yes, LYA has a public blog with lots of helpful information for newbies and other general information that can also be helpful to all skill levels.

Are these graphs?

No, they are not graphs, they are written patterns that produce photoghans and crochet art pieces.

What method of color changing should I use?

Whatever works best for you, cut & tie is popular but some people manage to use bobbins too although that can be difficult for portraits due to the huge amount of color changes. There is a lot of detailed help in the ‘files’ section. (These files are in my closed group files and only accessible to members. You can only become a member by purchasing a pattern).

Can you make a portrait in ‘color?’

Any given photo has up to 256 colors within it. When it’s reduced down to just 6-8 colors the resulting remaining colors appear strange. It must first be reduced to gray scale in order to keep those 6-8 shades/colors looking right. For this reason, portraits are always done either in brown or gray scale with pops of color if desired and where possible.

How many colors/shades are there in a pattern?

Typically anywhere from 6-8 for ease of handling, but if more colors can be found and handled I can do how many colors are requested.

Can a portrait be made pillow sized?

Generally, no it can not, due to being too small to get the detail that passes LYA standards.

Are there any free patterns offered?
What size hook should I use?

‘F – 3.75mm’ is recommended for portraits because it will keep the naturally occurring hole in sc at it’s smallest.

Which is the ‘clean’ side of the work?

The side the you view the picture from, the backside is where all the knots should be if using ‘cut & tie.’

Which way does the pattern run?

They are worked from side to side (left to right), stitches run vertically, not from bottom to top as is generally typical. This is also mentioned in the instructions of each written pattern.

How do I know how much yarn I will need?

Approximate yardage is included in the 2nd page of the pattern.

How much does it cost to have a pattern written?

See the pricing page.

I’m looking at the pattern and don’t know what “4sc A” etc. means?

It refers to which color to use and how many stitches of said color (typically single crochet for portraits), detailed instructions about it are included on page 2 of your pattern and it references the lettered color legend on page 1.

Could I use a different stitch other than single crochet, such as HDC, DC, TSS?

It depends, some images will work but it is not recommended for portraits as it will distort the image.