Creating an item using a baby crochet pattern can be very rewarding. However, reading a pattern, especially for a beginner, can be very frustrating. Here are some tips for reading a baby crochet pattern.
Understand the Abbreviations and Symbols
Most patterns use abbreviations or symbols for some of the common terms used in the pattern. If you are not sure what an abbreviation or symbol means, look it up. Some patterns will include an abbreviation list, or you can use a separate guide or an online resource.
Study the Pattern
Make sure that you read the pattern very carefully. Reread it as many times as necessary to make sure you understand exactly what the pattern is asking you to do. If there is a stitch you have not used before, make sure you learn the new stitch and practice it before starting the pattern.
If it is easier for you to understand the pattern without the abbreviations, make notes on the pattern, switching out the abbreviation with the full words. Also, if you are using different color yarn than the pattern calls for, make sure you note that on the pattern when it refers to the color you are replacing.
Check Your Gauge
Most patterns will give you a gauge (x number of stitches = y inches). Make sure that you check your gauge to see if it matches what is called for in the pattern. If it is off, you can tighten or loosen your stitches or switch to a different size needle. You will want to keep your stitch sizing consistent throughout you r project.
Match the Pattern Level to Your Skill Level
If you are still having trouble reading the baby crochet pattern after following these tips, you may be trying to go beyond your current skill level. Check the skill level on the pattern. There are usually four levels: Beginner, Easy (sometimes called Advanced Beginner), Intermediate, and Experienced. If you are just starting out, I would suggest the beginner level. If the pattern is too advanced, you can always set it aside for when you’ve gotten more practice under your belt.
A baby crochet pattern is usually much to read and understand than many beginners may think. If you follow the above tips, you should have no problem starting and completing you first (and subsequent) baby crochet projects.