Well, this is the challenge! There are so many crochet vendors online now, it's hard to stand out especially on big sites like Etsy. So, you need to figure out your own twist -- what makes your items different than someone else's? Figure out why someone would want to buy your item rather than another one. Once you can answer this question, then you need to get the word out about your special twist -- start blogging and use SEO-rich terms that will show up in Google searches and create your own website. In other words, start "branding" yourself. Also, perhaps start the old fashioned way, by participating in local crafts fairs or getting your items into small boutiques. It's hard, but anything worthwhile usually is. Just stick to it!
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Yarn and implements manufacturers and designers of crochet and knit items are creating and selling special Stitch Red products to raise funds for the cause. Please visit the site to participate today!
This is a very interesting technique, it's also known as Florentine Crochet. By using stitches of different heights and widths, you get a pixilated effect and the illusion of waves. Here's a blog post of mine that explains more and provides some resources for learning the technique:
Here are some resources for finding and working with crochet symbols:
1) This chart has both American and UK crochet terms:
2) Lots of downloads available on this page:
3) Crochet symbol fonts: