How to Read and Use a Crochet Chart – Part 3

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We are steadily moving through the chart reading series as we follow up How to read a crochet chart – Part II with today’s lesson. In How to read a crochet chart – Part I we talked about the symbols that represent various stitches and how to read them on a basic chart. In How to read a crochet chart – Part II we elaborated on what we learned and started reading clusters. Today we learn to read a circular crochet chart!

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Reading a circular crochet chart is a little bit tricky. The main thing is keeping track of where you are. Just like reading straight patterns, you need to follow the stitches where they lead. Keep in mind that the circular crochet chart uses the same symbols as the flat chart, but in the round. Let’s look at the symbol chart in figure 1 to refresh our memories about what each symbol means.

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Figure 1

Now, we’re going to take a look at a very simple circular crochet chart pattern. We’re going to break it down so we know exactly how to follow the directions on the chart in the round. Before we pick up our hooks and yarn, let’s just read the pattern. If you get lost, don’t worry, just start over, using your finger to direct your eyes and see if you can read it while following each symbol. Good!

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Circular Crochet Chart

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Figure 2
Photo courtesy of Crochet Stitch Encyclopedia

The chart goes as follows: Chain 8, connect with sl st to first ch – What you see in the chart are 8 symbols for “chain” arranged in a circle with the dot at the end which represents the “slip stitch”
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 17 dc in center ring, sl st in top of t-ch (18 sts) – When the stitches aren’t associated with one particular stitch below, as in this row, that means all stitches are worked inside the circle and not into a particular stitch.
Rnd 2: ch 4 (counts as dc, ch1), [dc ch1] in each dc around, sl st in 3rd ch of turning ch – When stitches are stacked, as they are here, that means the stitches are worked in the tops of the corresponding stitch below it.
Rnd 3: [sc, ch 4, sc] in each ch-1 space around, sl st to first sc bind off. – In this row you see how the stitches are slanted to correspond to the same stitch below, that’s how we know they are both worked in the same place. You also see the loops, which represent chains, above the stitches indicating how many chains are needed before the next stitch is made.

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Figure 3
Photo courtesy of Crochet Stitch Visual Encyclopedia

NOTE: When stitches are grouped in brackets [ ] it means all the stitches are worked in one stitch.

Did that make sense for you? If not, read then work the piece again to make sure you understand. As I’ve said before, reading charts is a new skill that requires practice. Be patient and give yourself time to learn what’s presented. The image in Figure 3 shows how your final piece should look.

Your Assignment

Create the crochet piece in Figure 3 by using the chart you’ve just learned. Practice reading where to put the stitches so you’ll be more fluent when you get to more complicated charts.

I’d love to hear about your assignment in the comments below. Remember, it’s one thing to read, it’s another to put it into action to solidify what you’ve read. You’re learning a new skill, be patient with yourself.

Did you miss the other lessons? Don’t worry, here are some quick & easy links:

Start from the beginning: How to Read & Use a Crochet Chart

Move on to the second part: How to Read & Use a Crochet Chart – Part 2