Welcome back to the left-handed crochet basics blog series! If you are new to this series, I encourage you to check out the other posts on How to Crochet and Beginner Basics. This week I want to talk about crochet charts. Many people shy away from charts, and being left-handed can make them even more frightening. I’m here to tell you they don’t have to be!
Which Direction To Read the Chart
To start, most charts you find in crochet patterns will tell you how to read the chart. On my crochet pattern the Halifax Hat, I state ” To follow chart, start with row 15 and work your way across each column, left to right.” Then work your way up each row. ” Meghan of MeghanMakesDo states in her Phoenix Basket Free Crochet Pattern that her chart is read right to left. So, always check first in the notes section or near the chart itself.
If you’ve checked the pattern and it does not state how to read the chart, then it is best to assume it is read from right to left. In the book, The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs, it does not state how the charts are read. However, it does have the row numbers listed on the end of each row, so it’s easy to figure out that the chart is read right to left. When in doubt, send an email to the designer or author and ask.
The Meaning of Chart Symbols
As far as the symbols for crochet charts, most charts will have a key that states what each symbol means. Check the pattern, book, or tutorial for the key. If it is a colored chart, it will tell you which color to use. Sometimes it will just tell you whether or not to use your main color or contrasting color.
Reading charts is really not as hard as it seems! As long as you can figure out which way to read the chart and what the symbols mean you can decipher any chart! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below or send me an email!