Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stitch Diagrams

Have you ever used a stitch diagram when crocheting? I used one for the first time when I made my friend's baby blanket. The pattern came with written instructions as well but I wanted to try the diagram for fun. It was very basic but great to start with.

Pattern

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A stitch diagram is made up of symbols that represent each stitch in crocheting. Here are the basic symbols you will see in a pattern.

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Tip: To tell a double crochet from a treble crochet, just count the slash marks in the symbol. If there is one, that means you yarn over once which would be a double crochet.

When reading a diagram, they will either tell you the place to start or like in the pattern above, you start in the middle and work your way out.

So would you like to try reading one? I found this simple flower stitch pattern for you Smile

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Stitch diagrams can be something simple like this flower or something more complicated like a big doily or a blanket.

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Either way, if you pay attention to what you are making you will be able to tell if you make a mistake. That’s what I like is that it’s all visual. I can compare my work and look for errors.

I will admit that I was very intimidated by them at first. But the more I looked at it and tried it, the more I understood. I always like taking on a new crochet challenge. Now I love stich diagrams! I think they are easier to read than a wordy written out pattern. Of course I still use those all the time. But if I stumble upon a pattern with both, I try the diagram first.

Next time you find a pattern with a stitch diagram, I urge you to give it a try!

5 comments:

CrochetBlogger said...

Congrats on taking on a bit of a new challenge and making it work!

FoFo said...

I usually find diagrams hard to follow so I've not tried anything with one yet but, there are a few sweaters that I really like that I may give them a try.

Pammy Sue said...

I have been using stitch graphs more and more. They get easier the more you practice.

What are you using to digitally "draw" your graphs on your blog?

Lindy said...

They scare me! I should probably do a small square with written instructions and then try it with the diagram. Thanks!

Stel said...

Thank you thank you thank you!
We have a crochet group on Facebook (Ons Hekel) (in Afrikaans0 and I just tried to ewxplain a basic granny by Panting on a photo of a square, not very good! So imagine the relief with which I copied your URL to the Page to show how it really should look :-)
Now I'm to learn it as well.

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