Master Crochet Patterns Part Three | The BHooked Podcast Episode 4

How to Decipher Crochet Diagrams – the visuals we crave.

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. What we don’t realize is that crochet diagrams do just that – bridge the gap between concept and project.

I’ve set out on a very long journey to help you learn to read crochet patterns 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 seven. Yes, I need that much time to explain it in a way that will finally make sense to you. I’m calling it the Master Crochet Patterns segment and it is a wonderful way to jump start the B.hooked Podcast.

“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. Crochet diagrams are no exception. The more you crochet, the more you will come into contact with them.

In today’s podcast, we’re going to dive into the world of crochet diagrams and how they can make our lives easier once we learn how to interpret them. This episode is a wonderful supplement to last weeks post about diagram format. If you haven’t read that one already, I highly suggest you do.

Understanding Diagram Format

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 diagrams, you’re going to need a one to practice on. Here’s a few free pattern/diagram combinations from our sponsor, Red Heart Yarn. Any of these diagrams are a great starting point if you are just starting out.

Lacey Pineapple Shawl

Out of the Box Throw

Sidewalk Shawl

Let’s Party Poncho

Download and print one (or all) to practice on as we go through this session.

Now if you haven’t done so already, click on that play button at the top of the page to listen to me share everything I know about interpreting crochet diagrams!


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 series. If you haven’t done so already, find the play button at the beginning of this post and give it a listen. Take some time to allow the information 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 learn all about the dreaded “R” word – Repeats – and how they aren’t so dreaded after all.


Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

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Special thanks to our sponsor, Red Heart Yarn for allowing me to teach you these very important concepts about reading crochet patterns.


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