Many crochet patterns require charts rather than written instructions. This allows you to quickly see the types of stitches needed in order to complete the pattern.
Charts are used primarily in filet and tapestry crochet as well as a cross stitch on top of crochet. These are all fun techniques that you might want to learn as you explore more of the crochet world. Let's look at a few free crochet charts that are perfect for every level of crocheter.
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Crochet charts are essential for certain techniques and patterns, but how do you read them? The first thing you must understand is how to interpret the type of chart you're reading.
Some charts are designed for delicate threads in filet crochet while others show you how to approach a colorwork pattern in tapestry crochet. All charts have the same goal: to guide you through each stitch needed to completed your project.
As you gain more experience, you will also understand how to adapt charts into a particular project or technique.
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Your very first chart should be something simple and familiar. A heart falls into both categories and this chart is the perfect place to begin.
You can crochet this heart as a stand-alone motif or incorporate it into a simple block.
Creating a block with the heart in the middle is a perfect way to practice colorwork without investing a lot of time in a full-scale project. You can choose a simple single crochet stitch and work the heart as you go.
This pattern is also an ideal beginning for cross stitch over top of a crochet background. It's a fun and quick way to add patterns to afghan blocks and a skill you might find useful in the future.
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In just eight easy rows you can transform that heart shape into a lovely trim for any project. It is fantastic as a colorwork border around blankets and pillow cases in normal crochet and can be incorporated into filet projects as well.
If you like, this easy trim can even be used to add a fancy crochet touch to other craft projects. For instance, a quick-sew pillow case can have extra style with a lacy filet trim of hearts.
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The fleur-de-lis is another popular symbol and it adds a sophisticated flair to craft projects. This too will be good practice for any type of crochet technique, but it's particularly useful as an introduction to filet crochet.
New to filet crochet? Understanding the basics of filet is key to many of these crochet patterns. Filet is, quite simply, a series of open and closed meshes created most often with double crochet stitches.
Give the technique a try and create your own fleur-de-lis block.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Once you understand the basics of filet crochet, it's time for a slightly more involved project. The dragonfly is a classic motif for filet and it has a nice amount of mesh changes that are not too complicated for beginners.
This dragonfly is a 50-stitch square project that will vary in size based on your hook and yarn or thread choices. It also has some symbolic meaning that alludes to transition, which is perfect for your new-found interest in filet.
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Filet crochet was created by women to make simple decorations around the home. For some time, it was customary for young women to learn this skill and maybe you remember your grandmother crocheting something very similar to this rose.
This rose chart is a classic motif and the pattern is straight out of the 1920s. The single flower is framed by a feminine border, almost like stained glass design. It is lovely, elegant, and remains doable for anyone who's starting out in filet.
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Butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers are among the most popular themes in filet crochet. These wares are designed to decorate the home in beautiful motifs and a table runner was a popular way to display that for everyone to see.
When you're ready to dive into a real project with your filet skills, this vintage daffodil table runner is a fantastic option. It has a lovely border with mirroring trios of flowers and it does look intimidating at first.
However, just like any new project, take a look at it carefully and break down its components and stitches. When you properly analyze the chart, you may be surprised at just how basic it really is.