I am an old dog, but I sure can learn new tricks!!!
I have come across a couple of patterns now that use crochet symbols and not written instructions. Disappointed, I passed these pretty patterns by -- no longer! I saw this book in the recent sale and immediately purchased it. I use this book as a workbook, reading through each section and then working the samples. I was an unbeliever up until this morning.
I was working on a new pattern for cotton washcloths that just wasn't working out right. No matter how I read the instructions, they just didn't make sense to me and I couldn't get the crocheting to work. So at lunch today, I sat down and created a "blueprint" of the pattern. Holy Cow! It worked! The pattern makes sense now, the stitches work (at least on paper) and I can see exactly what should be happening in each row!
Thank you, Robyn Chachula, and Interweave for this wonderful book!
Shellie DunnSomonauk, ILhttp://4evercrochet.blogspot.com
I love creating stitch diagrams or "blueprints" as well. My project notebook and random scrap pieces of paper at home and work are covered with what anyone other than a crocheter would see as a complicated code of "crosses", "T"s and circles. :D
I am so new to this! When I first saw a pattern completely done with symbols, I panicked @_@! LOL
But I hate to be unyielding in my crafts / art, so I made the conscious decision to try to learn. I am so glad I did. I consider myself an advanced crocheter and usually depend on a row or two to see the patterns as I work. This will really help me to see the pattern before I pick up a crochet hook. I may not give up my written instructions entirely, but now I can follow both and that's a really good feeling. I wish there were a computer program where I could whip up designs. I'm a computer junkie.
I know. We've been searching for a good, easy program for a while and there really isn't a simple program out there. You can create stitch diagrams using Adobe Illustrator and I've even seen a few created with programs like Paint but, especially until you get the hang of it, they can be pretty time intensive. You basically have to create the symbols and then place them.
Oh well, I guess it's pen and paper for me for the time being. LOL
I got the BLueprint coming. It is new to me to crochet with symbols. There are several new stitches added since I crocheted 30 years ago. I have made several projects from Interweave Crochet.
Sorry it's taken so long to respond . . . I've been crocheting off and on for about 40 years and consider myself to be pretty advanced. But symbol crochet scared the daylights out of me. lol
I must say, this book is phenomenal! After just the first chapter, I've been able to read some of my newer patterns which include the symbology. In fact my latest project, The Forest Reflections Shawl from the Summer issue of Interweave Crochet, was a little daunting until I followed the symbol crochet at the end of the pattern to get started, and then the rest made complete sense. Now I wish more patterns included crochet symbols!
I think more patterns will include stitch diagrams as more crocheters begin using them. I have seen some fantastic examples of entire garments with instructions only in stitch diagrams (some of them very lace and intricate). Stitch diagrams are also great if you are designing in crochet. They allow you to visually represent the pattern as you go or before you begin creating it. It takes some of the scariness out of making up your own designs.
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The International Symbol Crochet patterns are produced everywhere
except the USA. Doesn't that just make you want to scream? It does me,
In the States we used to have a magazine by the name of Magic
Crochet. Almost every pattern was presented in the International Symbol
Crochet. Look on E-bay for old copies.
Also, I have found International Symbol Crochet patterns on Russian
and South American websites, but go there will a fully updated antivirus
progam running, and I block 'scripts'. If you don't know how to do
that, then stay within the USA websites.
Here is a link to a Russian (.ru) website which I have caused it to
be translated into English through Babelfish.com. These are doily
patterns, and the word doily translates to be "Napkin". Regardless of
the language translation, the symbols are the same around the world.
Remember, filet crochet is done by symbols and there are free
patterns in abundance. One particular nice soft cover book is titled: The Filet
Crochet Book printed and bound in Hong Kong in 1990 and it was
distributed in Canada by Sterling Publishing. ISBN number 0-8069-5822-7
Another USA and Canadian distributed International Symbol Crochet
pattern soft cover book was produced by Coats & Clark in 1992 with a title of:
"Anchor - More Pineapple Lace, Fine Lace Crochet" and an article number
of "Art. No. 17743" and an ISBN of 0-87040-89-5
Then, there is yet one more soft cover book, "Ondori, Crochet Lace with Complete
Diagrams" printed in 1977 with an ISBM of 0-87040-415-6 printed in
Japan., This book has doilies, table clothes, Bruges crochet (lovely
work), table runners, coasters, etc. All thread crochet.
Do be careful with this next lead of information: Often times you
can obtain photographs of symbol crochet magazine pages, however,
proceed with caution before you download an image of the pages because
they could bring you a virus along with the image. With that said, I
have found crochet pattern book pages, with symbols, at Picassa.com when
I searched for "Crochet Magazines"
Make friends with someone in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, or Belgium
(for the Bruges lace) and ask if they will send you magazine
subscription information for International Symbol Crochet in their
This is beginning to sound like the Ginzu Knife commercial... but wait, there's MORE!
A new font has been developed of crochet symbols for sale at $3.00. See if it might work for your symbol development needs. I bought it and found that I could draw the pattern faster than I could manipulate the font character into position through my graphics software. Oh, please... someone develop software for symbol crochet!
Hope this helps.
E. Christina Dabis
Hi carolibartels. Have you checked out Weaving Today? Their website would be a great place to look for or ask about blueprints. If you aren't already signed up for this community you can sign in using the same username and password you use on Crochet Me. Good luck!
Yes, I'm very excited also. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing the link with us.
I got the BLueprint coming. It is new to me to crochet with symbols. There are several new stitches added since I crocheted 30 years ago. I have made several projects from Interweave Crochet?
Shellie first of all you aren't an old dog :)) we all young ones learn and love crochet from grandmas' :)) By the way I learned it from my grandma, and the second thing I saw all these amazing thing you have done, they are wonderful, I wish one day I'll be able to crochet so, too :)