Beginner Crochet Stitch Guide
How to Read Crochet Symbol Charts
Crochet instructions may be written in text (with or without abbreviations), and/ or graphed or charted in symbols. Being able to read symbol charts expands your options for working with different types of crochet patterns. This guide explains how to read crochet charts.
What Are Crochet Symbol Charts
A symbol chart is a visual representation of a crochet pattern. Each row or round is depicted, stitch by stitch, using symbols that represent the stitches. The Craft Yarn Council has adopted a set of standardized crochet symbols, which are generally used across all crochet patterns. The symbols within the chart are designed to look like crude representations of the stitches; once you have gotten used to seeing them they will be as obvious to you as the written crochet abbreviations that you see in patterns. You know that "sc" means single crochet and you will come to know that an x or + symbol also means single crochet.