Learning to read written crochet patterns opens up a world of possibilities for a crocheter! You don’t have to be limited by what you can make from a video or your own ability, learn to read written patterns and you can make so many projects! This skill is not hard! It’s just a matter of learning abbreviations and understanding the formatting.
Why should you learn to read written crochet patterns?
Many crochet projects aren’t available in a video format. For so many crochet projects, the only instructions are written in standard format. You make so many options available to yourself by learning to read written crochet patterns! No more limits on what you can make! Be aware though that different English-speaking countries use slightly different abbreviations, stitch names, and formatting. I write my patterns in standard US format, learned from years of publishing with magazines and yarn companies. The video below teaches standard US terms.
How do I you learn to read written crochet patterns?
You can start with a list of basic crochet abbreviations and their meanings. You can get a free one here! Then you need someone to walk you through a few patterns, explaining each abbreviation and the formatting as they go, and then translating that into the actions that go with the instructions. I do that for you in my series of videos for learning to read written crochet patterns! Click the links below for the additional videos.
What is the free crochet pattern used in this video tutorial?
The free crochet pattern I used in this tutorial video is called Bruges Bracelet. It is a small simple crochet pattern that is perfect for new crocheters, for gift-giving, and for using up scraps! You can find the free pattern here.
What stitches will you need to know to make this bracelet?
You will need to know how to chain, double crochet, and slip stitch. See the video tutorials below for help on those stitches if you need it!
Now, let’s learn to read the pattern for the Bruges Bracelet!