In order to understand how crochet garments are created, it is important to see the stitches. A detailed stitch diagram will give you a better picture of how increases and decreases are worked and how stitches combine to create an intricate lace design. The popularity of stitch diagrams has prompted more crochet books and magazines to include them.
The author of Blueprint Crochet, Baby Blueprint Crochet, and Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Robyn is the queen of creating diagramed crochet garments. The ability to visually see the stitches makes even complicated stitch patterns and shaping accessible. And each of Robyn’s patterns includes both stitch diagrams and written instructions.
Here is Robyn with a basic overview of stitch diagrams:
Let’s look at a few more, you’ll soon see that reading crochet symbols becomes quite intuitive. Appearing next in the stitch key is the slip stitch, which is a filled dot-the symbol is small, almost invisible, just like the stitch. Moving on, the single crochet is a squat cross, again just like the stitch. The half double crochet is slightly taller than the single crochet. The double crochet is taller than the half double and has an extra cross in its middle. From the double crochet up, the little crosses tell you how many yarnovers you have before you insert your hook. Go ahead; make a double crochet. Now, look at your stitch. Do you see the little horizontal line in the middle of the stitch? That is why the double crochet symbol has that little bar in the middle of its post. The rest of the symbols fall in line with the same reasoning. If the stitch is short, the symbol will be short; if the stitch puffs out (like a cluster stitch), the symbol will as well.
Don’t worry. You won’t have to memorize the symbols.
— Robyn Chachula
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P.S. Do you prefer stitch diagrams or written instructions?