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Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart

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Crochet Symbols and Directions chart with US & UK terminology.

Crochet Symbols and Directions chart with US & UK terminology.

Crochet Symbols and Directions Chart – As you all know by now, I’ve been really getting into crochet over the past year or so.  I still consider myself a newbie and I’m trying to learn new stitches and designs whenever I can find the time.  To this point I’ve only followed written directions and whenever I’ve come across patterns with all those weird symbols I’ve immediately discarded the pattern without even attempting to understand it.  Recently I came across a YouTube video that showed a woman crocheting but she also showed how she followed the symbol pattern – even though it was in a different language, I totally got the drift and realized that theses patterns aren’t as scary as they seem. After doing a little more research I realized that I couldn’t find any really great symbol reference charts.  I started pulling a collection together from what I could find and before you I knew it I had created a pretty comprehensive crochet symbols and directions chart.

I also tried to address the issue of US vs. UK terminology by putting the correct name for each symbol with a little flag beside to indicate what that symbol is called depending on whether its a US or UK pattern. I hope you’ll find this crochet symbols and direction chart helpful.  Now maybe you’ll decide to given patterns written in symbols a second chance, I know I will.

Finally, you’re relatively new to crocheting and would like some further instruction before attempting a crochet project, with or without a crochet pattern, I highly recommend some of the fabulous online crochet classes at Craftsy.

Download your crochet symbols and directions chart here.

If anyone notices any errors in this chart please let me know, I may have missed something. Thanks.

To make things even easier for you, here’s a great YouTube video that explains how to read symbol charts.

I also recommend that you keep this amazing book on hand whenever you’re crocheting: A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter

Crochet symbols and directions chart with US and UK terminology

Crochet symbols and directions chart with US and UK terminology

 

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Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband

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Easy 3 Strand Crochet Hair Band Pattern

Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern

Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband – Over the Christmas holidays my daughter Noelle was generously showered with lovely gifts, including some great new outfits. What does a girl with new outfits need… chic accessories of course. I created this three strand headband pattern and I’m quite please with how easy it was and how well it turned out. This fun crochet headband can be made in under 15 minutes and uses very little yarn.

3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern

Materials:

  • 3 colors of yarn (or you could do all the same color if you’d like) – I used a mix of yarns: Redheart Soft in white, Caron Simply Soft in light and dark purple.
  • Crochet Hook – US I9/5.5 mm.
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch (U.S.)

  1. Measure the head of the person you are making the headband for.
  2. Leaving at least a 6″ tail of yarn, using the chain stitch, make a chain 3″ less than your desired length. Keep your tension consistent along the entire chain – medium to firm tension.
  3. Now add in your new color, making sure to leave at least a 6″ tail of yarn (if you aren’t sure how to add in a new yarn color into your stitches please watch this great video tutorial here – the video shows how to change colors using a single crochet stitch but the concept is the exactly the same for the chain stitch). Once you change to your new color, cut off you end of yarn from the first chain you made so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
  4. Chain the new colour until it’s the same length as the first ( to check, grab the end where the 2 colors were joined, hold the cut ends and fold the second color over so that the 2 chains are now side by side).
  5. When the 2 chains are the same length, connect them by making a slip stitch into the last stitch of the first chain.
  6. Add in the third chain color by following steps 3 – 5.
  7. Trim the final color yarn end so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
  8. Take the 3 loose cut ends and braid them together and then tie off with a knot on the end. Repeat again on the other end.

Looking for more great crochet patterns:  Crochet Boot CuffsCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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~ Jamey

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Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

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Pattern to crochet face scrubbies.

Easy pattern to crochet reusable cotton face scrubbies.

Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies – I don’t know why but washing my face at the end of the day is one of my favourite routines. I love the fresh clean feeling of newly washed skin. I’ve never been much of a face cloth person so I used disposable baby wipes but recently I was thinking how bad this is for the environment. Determined to be a little nicer to the planet, I picked up some cotton Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn and my crochet hook and got busy making some reusable cotton crochet face scrubbies.  Theses pads are fabulous for removing make up and leave your face feeling really clean.  I’m also making them to donate to the hospital along with my caps for a cause hats.  Often times people end up in the hospitals unexpectedly and don’t have overnight bags. The hospital uses these face scrubbies to add to little washing kits for overnight patients. These reusable crochet face scrubbies are quick and easy and can be made in less than half and hour.

Reusable  Face Scrubbies Pattern

Materials:

  • A cotton yarn. I used Bernat Handicraft Cotton.
  • Crochet Hook – US H8/5 mm.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Basic Hat Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

  1. Ch 5 and then join together into a ring with a sl st. Or use the magic ring method if you prefer.
  2. Make 8 sc into the ring. Join with sl st.
  3. Round 1: Ch 1 and then 2 sc into the same stitch. Now do 2 sc in each stitch around and then sl st to join.
  4. Round 2: Ch 1 and then 1 sc in same st. [2 sc in the next stitch then 1 sc in the next], repeat in each remaining stitches around.
  5. Round 3: Ch 1 and then 1 dc in same st. [2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next TWO stitches], repeat this in each remaining stitches around.
  6. Fasten off and weave the ends into the scrubbie using your yarn/tapestry needle.

Reusable Crochet Face Pads Pattern – download

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun little crochet pattern. For more great projects check out: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

Looking for more great crochet patterns:  Crochet Boot CuffsCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

~ Jamey

Reusable Crochet Face Pads

Reusable Crochet Face Pads

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DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

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DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle – As you all know by now I really enjoy crocheting.  It’s what I do to relax.  A while ago, I tried my hand at amigurumi (the Japanese craft of crocheting small stuffed animals).  It took me a little less than an hour to decide that amigurumi wasn’t for me and then it took me a bit longer to realize why… it hurts my hands. The little hooks that you use to crochet in this style are so tiny that you really have to get a good grip on them and I found my hands would cramp up.

A few weeks ago, I randomly came across a photo of someone holding a hook covered in what I presumed was polymer clay and I had my “ah-ha” moment – that’s what I need to do for my hooks too. I went to the store and bought a variety of Fimo packages in different colors along with a straight blade for cutting the clay. I rolled and twisted and rolled some more until I had some marbled designs that I was happy with, popped them in the oven and 15 minutes later I had beautiful and practical crochet hooks.

If you’re hands hurt from crocheting, I highly suggest this easy modification that will make a world of difference for your hands.

Material:

  • Polymer clay in various colors (Sculpy, Premo, Fimo, etc.) *if you just want the functionality without the hassle of mixing colors, you can make things easier by just using one color.
  • Straight blade or sharp knife
  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Crochet hooks

Directions:

  1. Choose 3-5 colors of clay and knead the clay until it’s soft and then roll the clay into little logs (I made them about 2″ long).
  2. Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
  3. Fold over and twist again. Roll on a smooth flat surface. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the design. *Be careful not to do it too many times or it will all just turn into one color – likely grey or brown.
  4. Roll the clay smooth and until it’s about the width of a pen and about 4″ long. If you find your piece of clay has gotten too long as you rolled it out just cut off any excess clay so that you have it the correct length.
  5. Gently take the end of your crochet hook and with a back and forth twisting motion push the hook into the clay. Be patient, it goes in pretty easily as long as it isn’t forced quickly. Keep going until you’re almost at the end of the clay log.
  6. Now roll the clay with the hook in it on the smooth surface and taper the end closest to the hook.  Feel free to trim a little from the end if it gets too close to the end.
  7. On the side furthest from the hook, gently tap against your hard surface until it’s flattened.
  8. Ad a small circular piece of white clay to the end. This is where you’ll write the hook size with a permanent market or use a stamp to mark the size.
  9. Place  the crochet hook and handle on a cookie sheet that has a layer of parchment paper on it.  Cook in the oven at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes (add a few minutes if it’s thicker than 1/4″).
  10. Take out of oven, allow to cool.

Also, if you’re new to crocheting and would like to take your crocheting to the next level before you try your next crochet project, I highly recommend some of the online crochet classes at Craftsy. Craftsy has amazing courses taught by world class instructors.

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Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

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