Crochet Diagrams: just to start you off

Big thank you to Alison Ellett, who took us through crochet diagrams (or charts) last week!

As Alison outlined, there are advantages and disadvantages to crocheting from a chart, but we think the awesomeness outweighs the drawbacks:


  • Universal – the symbols don’t vary as they do in knitting charts, plus this eliminates the US vs UK terminology disparities.
  • Result actually looks like the chart


  • Good charting software is basically non-existent… yet
  • Difficult for some learning styles

Free Japanese hat patterns that you can work from the chart

Simple charted pattern example

Guirlande d’√©toiles¬†French pattern

Online crochet diagram tutorials

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