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How to Read a Crochet Chart

By on January 10, 2016

Chart graphic

When I first started to crochet, charts terrified me. I avoided any pattern with a chart and wanted nothing to do with them. But, I’ve changed my ways. I’ve slowly practiced and learned and now I really appreciate a chart for what it is, a visual representation of a crochet pattern. The benefit of a chart is that, once you can understand the symbols, you can tell exactly how the stitch pattern will work up. Now what do those symbols mean? Here is a stitch guide.


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Once you understand what each symbol means, take a look at this post from Understanding Crochet Diagrams: The Key to Breaking the Code


If you are a chart newbie, I recommend 2 patterns that will really help you to practice your chart reading skills.

The Harlequin Scarf by A la Sascha is made in one piece with a few colors for a beautiful finished project. It has both written directions and a chart. This scarf uses only basic stitches so it is a great beginning chart pattern.

Harlequin Scarf by A la Sascha

The DreamCatcher Shawl by A la Sascha looks complicated but it is just a series of chains and double crochet. It has a written pattern and a chart. Dreamcatcher Shawl by A la Sascha


How do you feel about charts? Have you tried to work from a chart before? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Should we do some more chart tutorials?

Happy Crocheting!


About Emily Truman

Emily is the Assistant Editor at Happily Hooked Magazine and the owner at Em's Corner. She is a WAHM with 4 kids. She has a passion for crochet and sharing the art with others.


  1. BearMtn

    January 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I prefer symbol Crochet rather than text. It’s a universal language which is used all over the world! I can read virtually any pattern, whether it be in Portuguese, Swedish, German, Greek or even Japanese!!

  2. Marsha

    January 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I love the large illustration and the explanations. Extremely helpful. Please do more on charts.

  3. Lynne

    January 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Charts are terrifying and confusing! I’ve crashed on the rocky shoals of charts several times and I don’t think that there is any hope of being able to successfully complete even the simplest project from a chart.

  4. chrissy

    January 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Do more on charts!!!! I have many chart patterns from my. Grandma and great grandma and dont understand any of them…

    • Emily Truman

      January 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! I will put some more info together!

  5. Doris Honeman

    January 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out a chart for an Eiffel Tower for a while and been unable to!!! I’ll see if this helps me. Thanks

  6. Irene Harrison

    January 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Dear Emily
    such help, thank you so much, although more new charts will be so useful for the beginners ( as I am ).

    • Emily Truman

      January 20, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      You’re very welcome! I will put together some more tutorials!

  7. suzanne

    January 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    where get those pretty needles?

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