Discover 7 Stitch Diagram Tips
Have you ever started a complicated lace project or textured Tunisian crochet design and found the written pattern confusing or difficult to follow? When you are trying a new crochet technique or working on a complicated shaping design, sometimes you just need to see how the stitches work together. Many crocheters are visual learners, making learning new techniques and stitches faster when they can watch someone demonstrate the technique. Another great option is the stitch diagram.
Here is Robyn Chachula to share some of her best tips for using stitch diagrams.
Top Six Rules of Symbol Crochet
1. Each symbol represents one stitch to crochet .
2. Each symbol is a tiny stick diagram of the actual stitch. So the taller or fatter the symbol, the taller and fatter the stitch it represents.
3. Each Row or Round is a different color in the diagrams to help you keep track of which one you are working on.
4. Each Row or Round has a number next to the beginning turning chain, indicating the start of the row or round and the row or round number.
5. Granny square diagrams start in the center and increase outward, just as you would crochet them.
6. Stitch Pattern diagrams work rows back and forth and will indicate in brackets how many stitches to repeat in a design.
Using Symbols to Modify Shaping
Symbol shaping is as easy as just taking your stitch pattern and marking in red the line of shaping you want. When following the pattern, crochet everything up to the red line and leave the rest of the pattern unworked. Turn your work and use your symbols to get you back to your stitch pattern. If you are at the start of the row, use slip stitches and chains to get you going again. At the end of the row, use standard stitches to finish it off. I like to sketch directly on the stitch pattern to take a guess at the shaping. Yes, you will have to make some educated guesses if say a double crochet or a treble will work in a certain spot, but you will know that a single crochet will be too short.
These tips can be applied to almost any stitch diagram, from garments to granny squares to Tunisian crochet. Take advantage of our limited time sale and purchase your favorite crochet workshops and discover more invaluable tips as you learn new techniques and create amazing crochet garments, accessories, and more.