Tutorial: How to read a crochet chart worked in the round

Tutorial how to read a Crochet Chart/Diagram

Crochet Chart worked in the Round

 how to read a crochet chart

Crochet motifs are often charted and this requires that you know the basics about reading crochet diagrams. In this tutorial I show you how to read a chart with the help of the crocheted motif above.

A crochet diagram shows you the pattern by using crochet symbols. Each symbol refers to a specific crochet stitch. Crochet symbols are used in many countries and the symbols represent the same stitches whatever they are used in Japan, Germany or Scandinavia.  That way one can buy a French crochet chart pattern without speaking a single word French.

On top of the page you see a crocheted swatch worked in the round.

Below is a  crochet diagram  for that same swatch and below that a stitch guide for the different crochet symbols that are included in the stitch diagram. For the swatch I used only very simple crochet stitches like chains, single crochets and double crochets.

crochet chart for a motif

stitch guide for crochet chart

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

You start reading the chart from the center.

In the center in black you see the foundation chain. The pattern starts with 4 chains. Work a slip stitch into the first chain so you have a circle.

Row 1   The first row shown in blue is worked counter clockwise. Chain 1, work 8 single crochets into the chain, 1 slip stitch into first chain of this row.

Row 2   The second row shown in red. Continue working counter clockwise.  Chain 6, skip 1, 1 double crochet, *3 chains, 1 double crochet*, repeat between ** 5 more times, 3 chains, 1 slip stitch into this rows 3rd beginning chain.

Row 3  The third row is green. Chain 3, 2 double crochets into this rows first chain, *3 chains, skip 3, 3 double crochets worked into previous rows double crochet*, repeat between ** 6 more times, 3 chains, 1 slip stitch into this rows 3rd beginning chain.

I hope this instruction helps people, who 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 row by row chart.

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

16 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to read a crochet chart worked in the round

  1. Thank you for your explanation – it really helped. What I want to ask that when I go through some websites to get patterns, I find it really difficult implement it – it is not as clear as you showed ,thanks again.

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  7. Thank you so much for the explanation and the diagrams. I am so glad I found your website.

    I am just learning to crochet and have difficulty understanding some of the written patterns (even the easy ones). I have taken a couple of classes but still do not feel confident working a pattern on my own. I look forward to working one of your patterns using the diagram and written instructions.

    Again, thank you for your assistance to all of us.

    • Hi Katherine,
      I prefer crochet patterns with charts. That’s also why I buy Japanese crochet books, because they all come with charts.
      Feel free to leave a comment, if you need assistance with one of my patterns.

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  12. I am a beginner in crochet and am on my first real project. I am mid way through a snowman body working in rounds. It says to Sc2tog which I assume will start to decrease the body size, but I’m not sure about how to do this. I think it means single crochet 2 stitches together, but how? Please help. Thanks.

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