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Learning Crochet

I am still learning crochet but I don't know how to read a pattern!!!  :0
girlkitty79 girlkitty79 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 14, 2007

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All you readers may laugh at this!!!!!<br />
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Back in the 1970's I croched a novelty item just by looking at one already made. (no pattern) I made several to sell at craft tables. Later, I knew that I was not going to make any more for quite awhile, and I didn't want to forget HOW to make them, so.... I wrote my own pattern down on paper, in my own words, so I would understand it later in life. ( please note, I do not understand how to read most published crochet patterns) But, this one, I myself wrote, should be no problem. LOL LOL LOL !!!!!<br />
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I dug out that written pattern all these years later. And I can't even figure out what the heck I was trying to say!!!!!! I am dissappointed. It must have been sooo easy back than. I was in my 20's back than. Now I am in my 60's. I see my OWN personal generation gap with MYSELF!!! LOL

patterns are SO hard to read sometimes! I still have a lot of trouble with them. "The Happy Hooker" book explains alot about reading patterns in an easy to understand way, but this website I just googled isn't bad either!<br />
http://www.crochetnmore.com/123readapattern.htm<br />
I dunno if this is considered cheating, but sometimes, I'll take a crochet pattern and write it out long hand and follow those directions instead.

It took me quite a while to get the lingo down well enough to be able to read a pattern. Just take your time, learn the abbreviations and find a simple project to practice on, preferably one where you know all the stitches already.

Don't be discouraged! reading a pattern is as easy as memorizing a few contractions, trying to do what it says, then ripping back your work when you realizes you interpreted wrong. I did that a few times with my first pattern, but after that, it was easy going.