Patterns are one of the most important aspects of crochet. When following a pattern one of the most complicated aspects is following the abbreviations. It is extremely helpful if you can memorize the abbreviations. By doing this you will be able to be more efficient while still going at a faster pace. Here are some tips that will have you reading your patterns like a book in no time.
1. The patterns and instructions that you are following are commonly using rounds or rows. The pattern will indicate to you whether the pattern is designed to work in rounds, rows, or both.
2. Patterns and instructions also are typically ranked related to their difficulty. Common rankings are beginner, easy, intermediate, and advanced. You should always select a pattern that is well suited for your ability. As your skill level increases you can increase the difficulty level of the patterns you are selecting.
3. You should count the stitches you make as you go so that you are able to monitor that you use the required number of stitches necessary on each round or row.
4. You should always start verifying your gauge by crocheting a small 4 X 4 inch of the pattern as a sample. If this results in a larger size then what is on the pattern you probably need to switch to a smaller hook. If you find that the gauge is too small you probably need a larger hook.
As with anything when you actually start on your project pay special attention that you follow your instructions well. You want to be patient to ensure that you are creating quality work. All of your supplied should be laid out beforehand so that you are prepared and do not to think about anything other then reading your pattern and following instructions.
Of course there is a lot more to learn about crochet. Below you will find a link to a resource that will teach you how to crochet easily. Just remember that following patterns and instructions is essential and the more you practice the better you will become.