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Melanie,

Yes, I was thinking of staying simple to begin with, building upon the skills already learned and work our way up to something like the garnstudio lace pattern. 

I'm all for doing multiple projects so that everyone has the opportunity to practice their chart reading abilities.  I'll keep this one on my list of charts to use as tutorial content. 

If anyone else has any ideas, or charts, favorite stitch patterns, or Huh that they'd like to work on or learn how to decode, please do join in.  We'll sort them out by complexity and tackle the easiest ones first, and work our way up to the more complicated pieces. 

We can also do this in reverse ... if you have a favorite stitch pattern you would like to see 'translated' into a chart, we could work on that, too. This exercise will not only give you a better understanding of how charts work, but it gives you, the stitcher, the ability to simplify overly complicated, or badly written, patterns. 

Keep in mind that these chart reading skills are not exclusive to knitting.  The basics also apply to crochet [especially filet crochet, or picture afghans], beading, plastic canvas and other grid based stitchery.  The symbols are different for different stitchery types, but the basic chart reading skills are still the same.

The ultimate goal is to not only give stitchers the ability to read charts, but to give them confidence in their chart reading abilities so that they may eventually start altering patterns they see to suit their own personal preferences.  Altering other people's patterns is a big first step in the journey of becoming a stitch designer.  In fact, when you alter someone else's pattern, you are designing.

I have a picture I'd like to turn into a crochet pattern.  My gauge swatch calls for 295 stitches and 231 rows, but I can only find a place to enter my number of stitches which cause my pattern to be 295x295.  Is there a way to indicate rows?

I've been looking for months to figure out how to do a graphghan & I found this site on a post from "Crochet Addict" I hope this beats trying to hand graph it out & counting stitches.

Hi!
I would like to be upgraded as well Smiley
Thanks in advance!
Karolina Smiley 

Hi my name is Carleen aka Mean Carleen, NO, I am not mean but I did 'earn' the name from a co-worker a long time ago.

I am a sewing, (over 30 years) quilting  (5 years) crocheter  (16 yrs) who is DETERMINED to learn how to crochet with graphs and hoping to meet other crafters who can share, help, encourage and inspire.

If someone could point me in the right direction to begin learning how to crochet using graphs I would really appreciate it.Laughing
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