Many crocheters find the thought of reading a crochet chart a little intimidating. When faced with pages of symbols the thought of navigating your own way around can be a daunting task.
For the last few years I have found the ability to ready charts has helped to progress my level of crochet. When you start to work on garments that are often constructed by joining multiple motifs and then working in a neckline and sleeves, so being able to visual how these are constructed by looking at the symbol charts really helps.
I recently came across one of the best articles on how to progress to chart / symbol reading and I definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to move to that level.
The main benefit for me is that the language of crochet symbols is universal regardless of country. So if you’ve spent hours on Pinterest pinning beautiful crochet with only Greek or Russian patterns, you can simply use the charts to recreate them yourself.
Give it a go, start small with a motif and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll favour charts over traditional patterns full of rows and rows of text.
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