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How to Read and Understand Free Crochet Patterns for Babies

Aug 17, 2007
Free crochet patterns for babies are indeed a welcome sight for new mothers, given that they've already had too many expenses, and most simply can't afford to buy newer clothes as baby grows. So for mothers who already know how to make their baby's clothes, it is always a good thing to find a free crochet pattern.

But before grabbing the first free crochet pattern for your baby's clothes, it is worthwhile to keep a few things in mind which will avoid irritation later. And more irritation is certainly the last thing any new mother needs at the moment.

Here's a list:

1. Try to learn the standard crochet abbreviations

If this is your first time in dealing with a free crochet pattern for your baby, then you might have a difficult time trying to translate the verbiage. Crochet patterns are full of abbreviations and this code needs to be understood. You may want to obtain a crochet glossary to translate the symbols at first. Fret not as you will catch on to the abbreviations must quicker than you think.

2. Be careful on the asterisk

If you think there are too many asterisks in the pattern, this is not the case. Asterisks are included in the patterns not for the sole sake of annoying the crocheter, but for a very valid reason. Asterisks indicate the starting line of the instructions, which will be employed more than one time. For instance, if the pattern instruction says "rep between ** three times" this means that you have to work on the instructions for another three times after you have worked on it once. That would be 4 repetitions overall.

3. Be wary on the brackets

Brackets are not used in pattern instructions just for the sake of having them. They are used to elucidate the instructions. Usually, they are combined with the parentheses.

4. Parentheses

These are generally used to put in instructions that should be toiled within the correct number or instances that the instructions are carried out. The number should be stated right after the parentheses.

Moreover, parentheses are used to record the size of the pattern to be used as well as the size of the clothing. It is also used to spell out the directions further.

5. Learn to read "yarn labels"

Reading a crochet pattern would also require you to learn how to read yard labels. Before you buy the yarns that are specified in the pattern, it is necessary that you should know the kind of yarn that is required for a particular pattern, the measurement, "yardage of the skein," and the fiber substance and the proper care for each material.

6. Choose the hooks wisely

Hooks may vary depending on the size that is being required by a particular pattern. This goes to show that not all crochet hooks can work well with all kinds of patterns. Crochet hooks have different sizes, which may affect the kinds of loops that will be produced.

Needless to say, there are more things involved in dealing with a free crochet pattern for your baby than meets the eye. However, after you start training yourself, you will find that there is reason to the madness and you will come to appreciate all the information provided with the patterns.
About the Author
C.S.Cox published the acclaimed instructional book, "Crocheting Made Simple" which has taught numerous people how to crochet. Find out how to sign up for the FREE Crocheting Made Simple Newsletter at http://www.crochetmadesimple.com
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