When it comes to your crocheting, I am curious readers, of which rules you follow.
Do you, for single crochet stitches, chain two and skip the first stitch (thus letting the chain become your first stitch), or do you chain one and work in the immediate first stitch?
Myself? I have always followed the chain one/immediate first stitch rule which is endorsed by the CGOA and the Craft Yarn Council (where I received my Certification from).
Do you, when reading patterns, prefer to have the instructions state to create the turning chains at the end of a row and then have you turn your work, or do you prefer to turn your work and then create your turning chain?
Myself? I prefer to create my chains before I turn my work, especially when I'm working with taller stitches. This is because when I turn my work it gives my turning chain a little twist and helps it blend in "as a stitch" rather than being a flat chain laying on the side of my work.
While you're following a pattern, do you ever look at the accompanying photograph to help you figure out the next step?
Myself? Oh absolutely. But there are times that it's impossible to use the image as a reference because of the way a photograph was taken. (Sometimes the photographer is not someone who understands crochet, and/or what the right/wrong side of crochet work looks like.)
When you're using a pattern, how important is it to you to know if it's the American or the European crochet rules/abbreviations used?
This is very important to me; I can't begin to express how many times a student has come to me stating that their work looks "off" -- only to discover that they were using the American rules instead of the European or vise versa!
To quote a term used on the television program, Grey's Anatomy, what makes a pattern "McDreamy" for you? Is it simplicity, speed, or perhaps a challenge where you learn new stitches or techniques?
The McDreamy patterns I like are the ones that challenge me. But I think this is because I have a lot of practice/knowledge under my belt. Perhaps if I were still a newbie to the art of crochet I'd be looking for simplicity.
As I give more thought into what I'll be offering in the book I plan on doing this year, these are just some of the questions I am pondering. What are your thoughts?