Here in Finland crochet instructions are often in a diagram like this
which is very easy to use. I never see these in English. Has anyone here seen these and where would I look or what would I call it to google?
08-13-2006 10:45 AM
i had never seen a diagram like that until the stitch and bitch crochet book. they've got a fairly good reference in there.
Oh! Cool! I've been sitting here for hours looking! Thanks for answering. Is there some special name for it that you know of or is it just crochet diagrams?
You can try looking for "crochet symbols", "crochet symbolcraft", and "crochet chart". Are you looking for instructions on how to read them, or just patterns using symbols instead of written instructions? Hass Design has a chart of basic crochet symbolcraft which shows US/Japan and European symbols. They don't get used as much in the US, although that is changing - Interweave publishes a special crochet issue and has been using a combination of symbolcraft and written instructions, for example. Japanese craft books use a lot of symbolcraft as well (Crafting Japanese is a great resource for this).
Anna Burda magazine uses symbols like that. That was the first time I saw and used a diagram like that. I think it's a European thing - Anna is from Germany.
For some reason us Americans thought it would be easier without the stitch diagrams. Yeah, that was a great idea!?!?
I have used the symbol charts for years. So much easier then the long explanations. My source was "Magic Crochet" a magazine I subscribed to in the late '80s and early '90s. I also have some european publications -- can't read the written instructions, but can easily follow the symbols. To the best of my knowledge "Magic Crochet" is sill published -- I believe I saw it in our local grocery store magazine shelf a couple of weeks ago.
These symbols were used alot many years ago. They ment for the pattern to be multi national so that even if you couldn't read the language you would still be able to read the pattern. It's a shame we have lost these symbols. New crocheters won't be able to read some of their Great Grandmother's favorite patterns.
Be careful if you use some of these old patterns. The stitch instructions vary a bit. What looked like it would be a treble crochet was actually a double. The pattern I used had an explanation of the stitches. I think it said it used English vs. American stitches.
Thanks for all these tips!
Thanks for all these tips! School started and suddenly a month has gone by! Now I can start looking around again and get back to normal things! I am going to look into these links. I found one with English explanations but no patterns. Maybe today I'll look on some German or Swedish sites.
Autumn is near and the evenings are chilly-time to get out the wool!