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.
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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.
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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
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
|Stitch diagrams can also be used for Tunisian crochet designs.
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
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