Have you thought about learning how to crochet?
Or have you ever looked at a crochet pattern and thought, “That’s a foreign language!”?
If so, I have a tip that might help you.
I am a self-taught crocheter and honestly, I found making up blankets as I go was far less intimidating than reading patterns. I instinctively came up with this method of “translating patterns” and I hope it will help others on their crocheting adventures.
The first thing is to get familiar with the abbreviations patterns use. Most of the pattern books I own have a lovely section with abbreviations and stitch explanations – if the pattern you are using does not have either of those, YouTube is a great resource.
I normally open a note on my phone and use the drawing tools to make a grid for each row of the pattern. Then as I complete each stitch in a row I use the highlighter function to “cross off” what I have done. This helps me count stitches, and saves having to pull out a row if someone rings the doorbell or calls (causing me to lose count).
To explain my wacky scrawling I have put together a cleaner and annotated set of pictures.
Here is an example line of a pattern:
Round 3: 2dc in first 3 sts, 2hdc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in last 2 sts. (24 sts)
Translated into English that would be read as
Round 3: 2 double crochet in first 3 stitches, 2 half double crochet in next 2 stitches, 2 single crochet in next 5 stitches, 2 half double crochet in last 2 stitches. (24 stitches total)
Here is how I write it out-
A later part of this same pattern calls for:
Rounds 5-6: SC in each st around.
I would translate that as-
I hope this wacky method helps some of you. Crocheting is fun and it doesn’t have to be a difficult as it looks. In my experience, people who crochet are very kind folks. If you get confused or need a little help my advice would be to reach out to a crocheter (on Instagram, Facebook, etc) and/or check YouTube.