Tutorial how to read a Crochet Chart/Diagram

Row by Row Chart

 tutorial read crochet charts

Some crocheters are not familiar with reading crochet charts. Here is a tutorial that takes you by the hand and shows you how to read a chart with a crocheted example.

Following a crochet chart is not complicated once you understand what the crochet symbols stand for. The chart will often show you a few rows of the stitch pattern and not the whole pattern. In my opinion charted patterns are much easier to follow than written patterns.

Each symbol refers to a specific crochet stitch. Crochet symbols are universal, that means they refer to the same stitches everywhere around the globe. That way one can use Japanese crochet patterns without being able to understand a single word Japanese.

On top of the page I placed a photo of a crocheted swatch.

Below you see the crochet chart for that swatch and below that a stitch guide for the different crochet symbols that are included in the stitch chart. In this example chains, single crochets and double crochets were used.

tutorial how to read a crochet chart diagram

stitch guide for crochet chart tut

Now I will take you by the hand and explain how you read the above crochet chart/diagram.

You start reading the chart from the bottom and work up row by row.

At the bottom you see the foundation chain.

The pattern starts with 22 chains.

Row 1   The first row shown in blue is worked from the right to the left. Chain 1, skip 1, 21 times: 1 single crochet in next stitch.

Row 2   The second row shown in red is worked from the left to the right. Chain 3, skip 3, 1 single crochet, *skip 4, chain 5, 1 single crochet*, repeat between ** 2 more times, skip 2, chain 2, 1 single crochet.

Row 3  The third green row is worked from the right to the left. Chain 3, work 2 double crochets into previous rows chains, chain 3, 1 single crochet into next chains from previous row, chain 3, 5 double crochets into next chains from previous row,  chain 3, 1 single crochet into next chains from previous row, 3 chains, 3 double crochets into next chains from previous row.

Row 4  The 4th purple row is worked from the left to the right. Chain 3, 1 single crochet into chains of previous row, *chain 5, 1 single crochet into chains of previous row*, repeat between ** 2 more times, chain 2, 1 single crochet into previous rows 3rd chain stitch.

Row 5  The 5th brown row is worked from the right to the left. Chain 4, skip 3, 5 double crochets into next chains from previous row, chain 3, 1 single crochet into next chains from previous row, chain 3, 5 double crochets into next chains from previous row, 3 chains, 1 single crochet into previous rows first chain.

Row 6  This blue row is worked from the left to the right. Chain 5, 1 single crochet into previous rows chains, chain 5, skip 5, 1 single crochet into previous rows chains, chain 5,1 single crochet into previous rows chains, chain 5, skip 5, 1 single crochet into previous rows chains, chain 2, 1 double crochet into previous rows first chain.

I hope this instruction helps you, if you want to work my chart only crochet patterns. You are welcome to send me a comment, if anything is unclear to you.

I have also written a tutorial how to read a motif chart.

Note: US crochet terms were used for this tutorial. For the crochet charts  I used the font stitchincrochet by Adriprints.