How to read a crochet chart – Part III

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How to Read a Crochet Chart Part 3

How to read a crochet chart – Part III

We are steadily moving through the chart reading series as we follow up How to read a crochet chart – Part II with today’s lesson. In How to read a crochet chart – Part I we talked about the symbols that represent various stitches and how to read them on a basic chart. In How to read a crochet chart – Part II we elaborated on what we already learned and started reading clusters. Today we read in the round!

Reading a crochet chart in the round is just a little bit tricky because you need to keep track of where you are, but just like reading the straight patterns, we must follow the stitches where they lead. Keep in mind that the circle chart uses the same symbols as the flat chart, but in a circular fashion. So, let’s look at the symbol chart in figure 1 and refresh our memories about what each symbol means.

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Figure 1

Now, we’re going to take a look at a very simple circular crochet chart pattern that we’ll break down so we know exactly how to follow the directions on the chart in the round. Before we pick up our hooks and yarn, let’s just read the pattern. If you get lost, don’t worry, just start over, using your finger to direct your eyes and see if you can read it while following each symbol. Good!

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Figure 2
Photo courtesy of Crochet Stitch Encyclopedia

The chart goes as follows: Chain 8, connect with sl st to first ch – What you see in the chart are 8 symbols for “chain” arranged in a circle with the dot at the end which represents the “slip stitch”
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 17 dc in center ring, sl st in top of t-ch (18 sts) – When the stitches aren’t associated with one particular stitch below, as in this row, that means all stitches are worked inside the circle and not into a particular stitch.
Rnd 2: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch1), [dc ch1] in each dc around, sl st in 3rd ch of turning ch – When stitches are stacked, as they are here, that means the stitches are worked in the tops of the corresponding stitch below it.
Rnd 3: [sc, ch 4, sc] in each ch-1 space around, sl st to first sc bind off. – In this row you see how the stitches are slanted to correspond to the same stitch below, that’s how we know they are both worked in the same place. You also see the loops, which represent chains, above the stitches indicating how many chains are needed before the next stitch is made.

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Figure 3
Photo courtesy of Crochet Stitch Visual Encyclopedia

NOTE: When stitches are grouped in brackets [    ] it means all the stitches are worked in one stitch.

Did that make sense for you? If not, read the chart again then work the piece again to make sure you understand. As I’ve said before, reading charts is a new skill that requires practice. Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to learn what is being presented. The image in Figure 3 shows how your final piece should look.

Your Assignment

Create the crochet piece in Figure 3 by using the chart you’ve just learned. Practice reading where to put the stitches so you’ll be more fluent when you get to more complicated charts.

Next week we’ll talk about reading graph charts.

I’d love to hear about your assignment in the comments below. Remember, it’s one thing to read, it’s another to put it into action to solidify what you’ve read. You’re learning a new skill so be patient with yourself.
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  1. Ashley Giorgio says:

    Sedruola Maruska I am so happy I found you! These how-to articles have been so informative and helpful to me. I’ve been crocheting for two years and have really wanted to do more than make hats, scarves and plushies for my children. Pinterest has teased me ruthlessly with all the things I’d love to make but dared not attempt for fear of the hieroglyphs that are crochet charts and graphs. I’m really looking forward to the next article.

  2. Thank you so much! I’ve been struggling with the whole symbols chart thing. This is the first tutorial that I can follow. By the end I’ll be able to make all of those stunning patterns I’ve been seeing. Thanks again!

    • My pleasure Dianne, I’m so happy it’s going to help you tackle those patterns! They are always so amazing! 🙂

  3. Kristi Balibrera says:

    I have been wanting to do some Japanese patterns and finally did after a year of racking my brain and asking many questions. My problem with charts weren’t the symbols or how to read a chart but when making garments what pieces go where according to schematics and what not. That is what ALL crochet chart tutorials fail to cover,

    • That is a very good point, I’ll see what I can do about incorporating it into this series. 🙂

  4. Debbie Branch says:

    “Next week we’ll talk about reading graph charts.” I was wondering if you ever did this series?

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