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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Symbols and diagrams are used in simple easy crochet patterns to simplify the patterns and make them easier to follow than fully written instructions. Before beginning a project, read the instructions and become familiar with the symbols in the pattern. Some patterns require special symbols for unique stitches. These will appear beside the diagram with explanations.

Rows and rounds are numbered, with arrows indicating the direction of work. For most patterns worked in rounds, only a section of the pattern will be displayed because this section is repeated several times in simple easy crochet patterns.

Each pattern includes written instructions. As you begin, keep track of your place on the diagrams as well as in the written instructions. Use a sticky note to help you keep track of where you are in the pattern. Marking where you are serves two purposes – it is way to keep track of where you are in the pattern, and, in the case of being interrupted, it keeps your place and you won’t have to hunt where you left off. Take care to notice any special instructions or notes in the written section. This will make it easier for you to follow the diagram alone after the first few rounds or rows. You can also purchase regular round and row markers to be used in your work.

For clarity, written instructions may include symbols such as parentheses, asterisks, and brackets. These symbols are used as signposts to set off a portion of instructions which will be worked more than once.

(Parentheses) enclose instructions which are to be worked the number of times indicated after the parentheses. Parentheses may also be used to enclose a group of stitches which should be worked in one space or stitch.

*Asterisks may be used alone or in pairs, many times in combination with parentheses. Asterisks may enclose a set of instructions to be repeated, or a single asterisk may mark the beginning of instructions which are to be repeated.

[ ] Brackets are also used to clarify and set off sections of instructions. In some patterns, all three-types of symbols are used together. As you can see, there is no need to be intimidated by symbols. These signposts will get you where you are going – to the end of a beautiful finished project.

Happy crocheting…

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