How To Read Symbol Charts Made Simple!

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Can you read crochet patterns in charts? There are so many beautiful crochet pattern on the internet and so many of them come only with diagrams and no written pattern. The beauty about diagrams is that they are written using international symbols so once you know them, you can basically read a pattern written by someone that speaks a language you don't know. Big advantage, right? Read this awesome post Understanding Crochet Diagrams: The Key to Breaking the Code, by Craftsy and learn how to read patterns in charts.

Simply put, a diagram is a chart, a schematic if you will, of a pattern made up of symbols that represent stitches. All you need to break the code is the symbol key, that’s it! And thankfully you don’t have to risk life and limb to find it. In fact most diagrams (which are also referred to as charts depending on the designer), include a legend or key to show you what stitches the symbols represent. Once you break the code you have a tool that opens a whole world of pattern possibilities.


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54 thoughts on “How To Read Symbol Charts Made Simple!”

  1. I’ve always found charts easier to follow than a written pattern. It’s like looking at a picture and it’s easier to see where I am. With a written pattern, I lose my place, even when I try to mark it.

  2. Pam Purcell Fields I agree. I’ve seen a lot of patterns with only symbols and not in word-written form. This will allow me to explore other patterns, that I once shyed away from. 🙂 Love you@@

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