How to Read Crochet Patterns – the million dollar question.
If teaching people how to read crochet patterns were easy, we would all know how to do it. It’s a difficult topic because we must cross a barrier of concrete and conceptual understanding – the act of taking a concept and turning it into a physical object.
I’ve set out on a very long journey to answer that million dollar question because I know you struggle with it in some way or another. We couldn’t possibly answer it in one episode so I’m breaking it down into nine. Yes, I need that much time to explain it in a way that will finally make sense to you.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
I know so many of you struggle reading patterns and that can limit your creativity, success and overall enjoyment of crocheting. Patterns are a huge part of what we do and we must learn to be fluent in this language. This is where you need to start, at the beginning.
In today’s podcast, we’re going to deep dive into the first two of four ingredients that are essential to your success reading crochet patterns.
Between this week and next, we’re going to learn how reading, visualizing, writing and drawing are the four ingredients to success. Grab a pen and get ready for some serious tips. Today we’ll cover the first two: reading and visualizing.
Here’s what you’ll need for this session:
I won’t normally require you to have additional materials for podcast sessions but I’m making an exception for the Master Crochet Patterns segment. Since we’re learning how to read patterns, you’re going to need a pattern to practice on. Here’s a free pattern from our sponsor, Red Heart Yarn.
Download and print that pattern to practice on as we go through the first two of the four ingredients. You’ll also need a scrap piece of paper and something to write with.
Now if you haven’t done so already, click on that play button at the top of the page to listen to me pour my heart out about reading crochet patterns!
Links talked about in this session:
Master Crochet Patterns, what was once conceptualized as a book and now a podcast series, has been a passion project of mine for the last six months. I want nothing more than to use my unique approach to teaching to help you learn how to read crochet patterns.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to provide you with another approach to learning how to read crochet patterns. Your success begins with this podcast episode. If you haven’t done so already, find the play button above and give it a listen. Give this episode a little bit to digest, put it to use and tell me how it went. I’m here for you so please don’t hesitate to leave a question in the comments below. Don’t miss next week’s episode where we’ll discover how writing and drawing are the final two ingredients to jump start our success.
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