Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tutorial: Crochet chart reading

I found some nice pattern in my UFO’s and draw the chart:

Read the chart bottom up and starting from the left side.
Each row changes its direction:
  • first row (starting chain) - from left to right
  • second row - from right to left
  • etc, like a zigzag.
Some charts don’t have arrows and rows’ numbers, but there is a tip: the chains at the beginning of the row show the direction.

Almost every chart has an info about pattern repeats. This pattern has 4 sts repeat.

If you need to recalculate the number of stitches (for example you decide to crochet a long scarf using this stitch pattern:), you should make Ch 4 as many times as you need + Ch 1. Why? The stitches which are at the very right after brackets show you the additional quantity of stitches you need.
My sample consists of 7 pattern repeats (28 sts) + 1 st = 29 sts.
Row 1: 1 dc in each stitch.
Ch3 (counted as 1st dc) show the beginning of the row: so “read” this row from right to left.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counted as first dc), (ch 1, sk st, 1 dc in next st) - repeat.
Ch 1 is placed above the second dc of the previous row (and each even dc), no one stitch is “touching” this dc, so you understand you need to skip it.

The chart shows: each symbol is placed above dc and chain below. Crochet the same.
Row 3: 1 dc in each st.

And if I said the word “symbol”, let’s talk about it while working on boring Row 4: 1 sc in each st.
Crochet chart symbols are consistent (saying this I mean “almost always”): circle is a chain, cross is a sc. Look at the right corner.

The DC symbol has a line across its post. This line means one yarn over. With 2 or 3 (or more) lines there will be stitches with the same number of YO’s: treble crochet, double treble crochet (US terms). Without line across? Half double crochet. :)

The next Row 5 might be interesting.
The chart shows: Ch3 (counted as 1st dc), 1 dc in next st, (ch 5, sk st, 3 dc cluster (1 post per next 3 sts)) - repeat. Finish this row with 2 dc cluster into last 2 sts.

The chart and my sample look pretty similar, don’t they? That’s why I love charts! :)

Row 6 consists of chain arches: (ch 5, 1 sc into ch sp) - repeat and finish this row with ch 2 and 1 dc in last st.

A few words about charting the chain arches.

Sometimes chains are replaced with rounded lines. The number which is close to this line shows how many chains you should crochet.
And sometimes there could be no numbers at all, just lines, but the first chain arch is fully drawn. It means that you work the next chain arches with the same number of sts as the first one.

Row 7: Ch 3 (counted as 1st dc), 1 dc in first st, (ch 1, 3 dc into ch sp) - repeat and finish this row with ch 1 and 2 dc in last st.
Note: This stitch pattern requires that 3 dc are crocheted in the center (3rd) st of chain arch. A bit boring and slow, but the result is really nice.

I skipped the next rows, because you are already familiar with them: one row of sc’s, row of dc’s, row of dc’s and ch 1 in between and here is the last row of dc’s:

Hope it wasn't too boring, but helpful.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! This is a fantastic tutorial. Absolutely self explanatory. Thank you for putting it up.