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.
|Clover Coat (Blueprint Crochet Sweaters)
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:
The key to understanding crochet symbols is that each symbol
represents a crochet stitch. I like to think of them as little stick diagrams
of the actual stitch. Let's start with the smallest stitch, the chain, by
looking at the crochet symbol key. The symbol for a chain is an oval. Why an
oval? Well, think about making a chain stitch; it's a simple loop pulled
through another loop. That loop, which is our chain stitch, looks a lot like an
oval, doesn't it? The international crochet symbols try to mimic the actual
stitch as much as possible.
|Stella Jacket (Baby Blueprint Crochet)
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.
||Harvest Cowl Shift (Blueprint Crochet Sweater)
Don't worry. You won't have to memorize the symbols.
-- Robyn Chachula
|Courtney Corset Top (Blueprint Crochet)
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P.S. Do you prefer stitch diagrams or written instructions?