How To Read Color ChartsBy Alicia Kachmar – 12 Comments
Most crochet patterns are written out line by line with abbreviations and numbers, such as “Row 1: ch 2; 5sc in 2nd ch from hook,” but there are also patterns that utilize color charts or graphs instead. The below chart is one such example. It may remind you of needlepoint and cross-stitch charts if you’re familiar with those crafts. How does one go about reading a color chart or graph? I’ll tell you!
- Colors and Symbols: In the above graph, there are only two colors, represented by black and white squares. However, if the graphs are not printed in color, and there happen to be more than two colors, symbols (+ = / * x) are used to designate each color instead. One block could represent different stitches: one single crochet, 3 double crochets and so on.
- Rows and Stitches: The foundation chain is not shown on crochet graphs. From the above graph, you would be making a foundation chain of 27 stitches (so, ch 28 to account for the turning chain), represented by the numbers that appear along the bottom, horizontally. The numbers that appear on both sides vertically indicate the row number.
- Reading the Graph: You begin to read the graph from right to left, starting where the “1” and “1” are in the corner because this is the direction you move after making a foundation chain, from right to left. In this case, you’re crocheting 1 white stitch, 25 black stitches and 1 white stitch. Then, you begin to read the 2nd row from left to right, crocheting 2 white stitches, 23 black stitches and 2 white stitches. You continue reading back and forth in this way. Note: if you are left-handed, you read the graph from left to right when beginning the 1st row, then reading from right to left along the 2nd row and so on.
Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments!