Reading crochet charts
Being able to read crochet charts is such a valuable skill! Particularly because charts show you where each stitch goes, and that can be in other rows too.
We’ll give you the chart as well as the written so you can use it to help read the chart. This is a simpler chart so it’s a good one to try!
Understanding a Crochet Chart
- The numbers indicate where you start each row.
- The colors are there to help you know which row is which, especially challenging when there is an overlay element.
- The overlap shows you where to put your hook when starting that stitch. In our example, the trebles are worked into the previous MC row (it’s 3 rows below).
- The key is there to explain what all the stitches look like. This is important to always check, because chart creators can use differing symbols for each stitch. This is even more so the case with crochet charts. Don’t get stuck because you thought that symbol meant this certain thing.
Mosaic Crochet Chart
Setup 1: Using MC, chain an even number of chains that are at least 4. (I made 10 chains)
Row 1 (WS): SC in second chain from hook and every chain until end. (9 SCs for my example)
Row 2 (RS CC): Ch1 (does not count as stitch), sc, *ch2sk1, sc, repeat from * until end.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4 (RS MC): Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), sc, *mtc, sc, repeat from * until end.
Row 5: SC entire row.
Row 6 (RS CC): Ch1 (does not count as stitch), sc, *sc, ch2sk1, repeat from * until 1 st rem, sc.
Row 7: Repeat Row 6.
Row 8 (RS MC): Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), sc, *mtc, sc, repeat from * until 1 st rem, sc.
Repeat Rows 1-8 for desired length, working Row 1 as Row 5.
Work Row 1 once more.
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.