How to read a Crochet Pattern – 1
(Diagram & Written)
One of the most important tools to learning crochet after learning the stitches is to know the symbols and abbreviations representing each stitch. In lesson 1, where we learnt, the chain stitch…..I had given you a chart showing the symbol of each stitch that we learnt, and in every lesson following, I have shown you the abbreviation of each stitch…I am sharing that here again.
Crochet Abbreviations: These are used in written patterns. Almost all vintage patterns are written and it is impt to know these abbreviations if you wish to do some beautiful heritage work. Here is a table of abbreviations:
Annie’s catalog has a very detailed description of how to read a written pattern….here is the link:
How to work this pattern out: This is the diagramtic pattern for a granny square:
As you can see the stitches used here are:
Chain(ch) Double crochet (dc) and slip stitch(ss)
This is how you work this pattern out.
I suggest that you take a print of the symbol and abbreviation chart. Holding these charts just next to the diagram…..recognise the symbols shown in the diagram, so reading this particular diagram would be as follows…..
Row 1: Basic knot; chain 4 ; Slip stitch in first stitch a ring is created.(lesson 1)
Row 2: Chain 3, 2dc into the ring; *2ch 3dc*(3); 2ch; ss. (*2ch, 3dc*(2)………this means you make 2 chains and 3dc 2 more times, that is 3 times in all)
Row 3: Hook in 3 more ss. 3 chains in first chain after dc of previous row. 2dc in 2 chain,loop; 2ch; 3dc in 2ch loop.
1 ch.; *3dc in 2 ch loop 2 ch 3dc in same 2ch loop 1ch* (2); ss Hook in 3 more ss in the next 2dc and first ch of the previous row.
Chain 3 from the ss in the first ch of the previous row. 2dc in 2 chain loop; 2ch; 3dc in the same chain loop; 1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop. *3dc in 2ch loop; 2 ch; 3dc in the same chain loop; 1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop* (2).
There……. now, your Granny square is ready.
Use the abbreviation chart to understand the abbr. that I have used here.
Keep searching through the internet for patterns with diagrams and written patterns and practice them with the skills you have gained here…..soon you will be able to read crochet with ease….and then who dares to stop you?…:-D!!!!