Tips on Understanding Crochet Instructions
instructions are in fact easy to understand. You will get familiarised
once you start reading the patterns, abbreviations and instructions
regularly. You should always remember to give more attention when you
come across periods and commas (punctuation and pauses).
Most of the instructions make use of parentheses ( ) and asterisks (*) while explaining the patterns. These parentheses or asterisks convey the meaning of repetition.
For instance, when you come across an instruction that reads repeat from *, you need to examine and look back at the instruction of the row that you are currently working on and then locate the asterisk (*). Carry out the crochet instructions from that asterisk (*) point.
Such repeat instructions also come with conditions for repeating the crochet instructions for a specified number of times. In such case, you need to go back, locate the asterisk (*) and then carry out the crochet instructions following it, for that many number of times mentioned.
The general rule that is followed is that only one asterisk (*) in a row is given and the repeats will take you to the row ending so that there will not be any supplementary instructions required to be carried out. You may also come across a pattern with an instructions such as single asterisk (*), both at the start and the end of the repeat; and in such situation, you are supposed to stop repeating the crochet work at that particular point.
Some times a double asterisk (**) is used to indicate the end point where in you will stop the repeat. For example, if you come across an instruction such as repeat from * to **, Then you need to search backward for locating that single asterisk (*), carry out all the crochet instructions following the single asterisk (*) till you encounter the double asterisks (**); then you need to stop and begin to crochet from the point where you stopped or left off before making the repeat.
A work even instruction normally indicate that you should continue to work on the same stitch without increasing or decreasing any stitches.
For understanding the crochet better, you can bear the following points in your mind:
Any crochet pattern is normally worked in rounds or rows. In certain
cases you may have a mixture of both rounds and rows also.
You should make a point to keep counting the stitches as you progress as any pattern is governed by the specific number of stitches on each round or row as required by the pattern.
You also should verify your gauge at frequent intervals. To gain a control
over the measurement, you can do a sample crochet of about 4 X 4 inches
size in the pattern and measure with the gauge. Do corrections by changing
the hook size if you find the pattern either big or smaller than that
of the standard pattern.
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