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« on: November 13, 2005 09:30:13 AM »

Has anyone used How to Read a Pattern?  It looks like it would be helpful if someone wanted to learn how to read crochet patterns, but I have no idea if it would be.

Does anybody know of another place that gives good instructions on how to read crochet patterns?
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2005 09:43:51 AM »

Well. I'm totally bombed when it comes to patterns in english, but I think I could maybe go for it with the help of this. Seems ok.
I'm terrible in following diagrampatterns (chrochetdiagrams) and I never got around to learn how to. It just seems messy to me... anyone has an easy way of teaching an old craftster to sit?
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2005 01:50:03 PM »

I can try.  Is there something in particular that you want to make?

As far as symbols go, I'm still not very good at it; so, maybe someone who is will leave a comment. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2005 04:06:36 PM »

No, not really, it just bugs me that I can't. When I grew up and learned to chrochet the patterns were in words and not in clusters of X's.
I saw some really cute Hello Kitty-patterns in diagram, but the text turned out to be in chinese (I got a japanese friend to have a look at it) and as I said, diagrams isn't my cup of tea so I think that'll have to wait until after christmas at least.
Thanks for offering! Smiley I'll come back to you!
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2005 04:09:58 PM »

I learned symbol crochet from my stash of Decorative Crochet and Magic Crochet magazines. A sister publication, Crochet Monthly is put out by the same company {a French publisher} in the UK and Europe. Most of the patterns I've seen that use symbol crochet are for thread, and the diagrams {once you understand them} are priceless in any thread project.

Personally, I'd like to know where I can get a program to *make* those diagrams! I have one for filet charts, but not for symbols.  Cry
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2005 10:00:21 AM »

Symbol Crochet:  How to follow a diagram
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2005 12:06:29 PM »

Thanks. It's saved under my favorites until I get around to try it out. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2005 02:21:15 PM »

Was crocheting for a gazillion years before I broke down and taught myself to read a pattern... then I got the Harmony Guid to Crocheting Techniques and stitches (For my B-day) and it is the best freaking book I have ever not paid for! (It's a little pricey) I am telling you it took me to a whole new level... They have the pattern and diagram AND a fantastic picture of what it's supposed to look like! There is a comprehensive glossary at the beginning too. (BTW~ I do not work for Harmony!!! Grin) Happy hooking!
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