marți, 5 august 2014

How to Read a Crochet Chart – Part 1 – Individual Motifs

As promised here is the first out of the many ( I hope) written tutorials on how to read crochet charts.

The beauty of charts, in my opinion , is the versatility and visual impact, written patterns don’t have.

I remember when I first started to be interested in reading them and how difficult they seemed at a first glance.

I can’t actually remember how I learned but I will always remember the satisfaction of making my very first baby hat based on a chart.

So since summer is here and summer tops are part of the easiest things a beginner can make based on a chart here is the first “ How to read a chart ?”

This individual motif is a square and it is part of a tank top design made of squares. The center is a flower motif followed by a structure of chains .

So let’s start reading:

For the individual motif charts, the reading starts from the very center :
In this particular design: chain 6 ( notice the circle made of 6 dots) close with a slip st.

Row 1.: Work inside the circle
Row 1 consists of 8 dc with 2 ch in between them. 
Chain 5, work 1 dc inside the circle,ch 2, 1dc, ch2 ...etc , sl st to join.

Row 2: the clusters
Row 2 consists of 8 clusters of 3dc with 5 chains in between
Sl st in the 2 chain space, ch3work 2 dc in the same space, join, ch 5 and so to close

Row 3
Row 3 consists of 8 groups of 7ch.
Sl st to get to the 3rd chain from the next goup of 5ch in row 2. Ch 7, 1sc to link into the first chain section from the next group of 5 , chain 7 and so on...until you close with sl st

Row 4
Row 4 consists of 4 goups of 3dc ch5 3dc ( shells) with 10 chains in between.
Sl st to get to the center of the next chain section. Ch 3 , work 2dc ch 5 3dc ( shell) , ch 5 link with sc in the next chain section, ch 5 , work 3dc ch5 3dc ( shell) in the following chain section...and so on. Sl st to join.

The arrows indicate where to join the motifs . 
When working the last row of each motif make sure you join as indicated.

Like in the most cases the pattern also comes with a display idea. However...depending on the thickness of the yarn,the size of the hook and your size the number of individual motifs may vary.

The smartest idea is to measure the first motif and calculate according to your own measurements.

Individual motifs are extremely easy to play with and combine , especially because they can be placed so they will fit a particular figure.

I hope you like this post. Please like and share it on Google + and Pinterest, so as many crochet fans as possible would benefit from it.

This series of posts will continue with various charts explained so stay close.

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