Since it's too hot to go out and play these days, I decided to pull out the sewing machine. Saturday morning continued into an afternoon of fun whipping up these guys. What are they?
Seriously, they are way cute and can be worn two ways. If that doesn't sell you on them the fabulous fabric will. I need to get out and model them in some evening sun later. That is if my husband will help. ;)
Plan to see them in the shop next week!
One of the most frustrating things I have come across in my journey to learn crochet and knitting is charts. I can read words just fine and have a general understanding of the abbreviations. However, there are moments when searching for new patterns I can use or manipulate I would often get frustrated when all of a sudden there's a chart pattern before my eyes.
Lots of lines, squiggles, and circles. Sure you can see (for the most part) what the pattern would look like, but where to begin? I had to go looking through several symbol charts to find everything I wanted to know. I'm outlining the basics for you here today!
As you can see in the chart above, I've outlined some of the basic terminology that go with chart symbols. Once you figure these out, it's really quite simple to read the chart. I have given you an example of a motif chart below. When crocheting a motif, you usually start from the middle. In this particular chart you work your first round into a magic ring and where it is marked '1'. Another nice thing about this chart the small bold number signify which round you are on.
Working around the chart can sometimes be confusing and easy to mistake your place. Make sure you follow carefully so you know where you are and your next step will be. A helpful tip is to read the chart and follow the path you should take before you begin.
My name is Annissa, owner of MissNissDesigns. I am a knitter, crocheter, sewer, and all around crafty lady.