Ever seen a crochet pattern that looks like this?

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If you have, you may be thinking "What on earth am I supposed to do with this??!?!"

It's ok, that is completely normal. The reason that people use these patterns, at least in some cases is that once you have learned how to read them, it is really simple to see visually how the pattern comes together. The second picture gives the measurements of the finished pattern in all sizes of the pattern.

To start reading a pattern like this, you need to find the "key" or "legend" which is basically a little section that tells you which marking indicates a certain stitch.

So for example, in the pattern above, the 'x' marks a single crochet, and the 'dashes' represent a chain stitch and the weird 't' with two lines across represent a triple crochet. Reading from the bottom left to right the diagram A.1 reads: Single crochet 21 stitches then chain 4 in the place of a triple crochet and one for a space in the middle (so 5 in all). The next step is to crochet 2 triples into the fifth single crochet stitch from the previous row (not counting the stitch where your chain is), chain 2, and then crochet another 2 triples into the same stitch. Skip four single crochets and crochet another 2 triples into the fifth stitch then chain two, then 2 more triples into that same single crochet. Again skip four single crochets and crochet another 2 triples into the fifth stitch then chain two, then 2 more triples into that same single crochet. Chain one, skip another 4 single crochets and crochet a triple into the last single crochet stitch of the previous row.

When I first saw this diagram, I thought "People can actually read this thing??" But then I realized that it was actually very logical, and taking it a step at a time, gave an accurate picture of what the finished product would look like. So I made this cute little vest, and using this diagram, paired up with the written instructions, it turned out great! I realized that with a little perseverance, I could learn to read these kinds of patterns and be so much better off because of it.

Here is what the finished product looks like (this is the picture from drops design, but mine looks identical other that the color)

So if you are worried by a picture pattern, don't be. Just find the legend and work through it step by step. Once you learn to read them, they make a lot of patterns that would be too difficult to explain in words possible. Not only that, but the first line or two of crochet that you get right seem like the greatest victory.

Go for it, you can do it!

*Thanks to drop design for the great pattern and picture. If you would like the pattern to make this vest, click here.

Thanks for joining us for another crochet tip,

~Julianna