Reading Crochet Graphs

Today I will be talking about how to read this sometimes confusing thing. Many people who only read written patterns have a hard time figuring out how to read graphs. I have chosen the easiest graph I could find for free to show you the basics.

**Written pattern can be found at the end of this post.**

Where to start?

Round 1

You need to find the beginning of the project. This pattern is made in rounds so you will need to find the middle. The symbol you find in the center represents a magic ring.

The three circles you see coming out of the center represent three chains. This is the beginning of your first round. Next you will see a symbol that resembles a capital T with a line through the middle. This symbol represents a double crochet. If you count how many there are in the first round you will get 11 double crochets into the magic circle.

Onto the slip stitch. That little black smudge will show you where to join your round. In this round the smudge is joining your last double crochet to the top of your chain 3 in the beginning.

First round is done.

Round 2

You will see that familiar three circles showing you to chain up 3 to begin this round. The next symbol is the double crochet. It is telling you to double crochet into the top of the next stitch which happens to be a double crochet from the previous round.

Now you see two circles. This means chain two. You will double crochet in the next two stitches not skipping any stitch from the round below. Chain 2 and repeat around.

You will end this round with a chain 2 and join with a slip stitch to the chain three from the beginning.

Round 2 is done.

Round 3

There is only one circle to begin this round. Chain 1. The x symbol represents a single crochet. You will single crochet into the top of the chain three you used to join. Now you will single crochet into the next stitch.

Remember those chain 2’s from round 2? We will be working a shell into those spaces. A shell is just a fancy word for a group of stitches in this case it is three double crochets separated by three chains and followed by three more double crochets. All of this goes into that chain 2 space.

After your shell you will put 1 single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches.

Repeat the shell and single crochets around until you get back to the beginning. You will slip stitch into the first single crochet in the beginning of the round.

Round 3 is done.

The project is finished.

Here is the written pattern without all the extra words.

Round 1– make a magic ring. Ch.3, 11 dc, sl st to top of Ch.3.

Round 2– Ch.3, dc in next st, Ch.2 *1 dc in next 2 sts, Ch.2. Repeat from *. Sl st to join to top of Ch.3.

Round 3– Ch.1, Sc in same st used to join round 2, sc in next st, 3dc, ch.3, 3dc in ch 2 space. * 1sc in next 2 sts, 3dc, ch.3, 3dc in ch.2 space. Repeat around from *. Sl st to first sc.

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