How do you read a crochet pattern?

Published on 28 January 2024 at 11:42
How do you read a crochet pattern, example

Following a crochet pattern is like following a recipe to bake apple pie.

Crochet patterns and apple pie recipes have more in common than meets the eye. They are both guides that guide you step by step through a creative process, achieving a beautiful end result. Whether you're crocheting a fun bird or baking a tasty apple pie, the satisfaction comes from following the instructions and watching your work grow as you go.

How to follow a recipe

Abbreviations used

Before you start with the apple pie or the crochet creation, it is also useful to know what the abbreviations mean that appear in the recipe or crochet pattern.

In a recipe, you can often come across the following abbreviations:

tsp = teaspoon

tb = tablespoon

oz = ounce

ml = milliliter

c = cup


The more recipes you make, the more you will be used to these abbreviations and you will not immediately wonder what TL stands for.


With a good crochet pattern there is always a list of the abbreviations and stitches used, such as this one:

Used stitches and abbreviations (US terms)

MR                   : Magical Ring

CH                    : Chain

SC                    : Single Crochet

SLST                : Slip Stitch

HDC                 : Half Double Crochet

DC                    : Double Crochet

2SC in 1           : Increase

2SC together   : Decrease


When making an apple pie, you need to know that a tb is a tablespoon, but when following a crochet pattern it is useful that you not only know that a SC is a single crochet, but that you also know how to crochet it. All crochet stitches and explanations can be found in YouTube videos.

Collecting the materials or ingredients

Just like following a crochet pattern, the adventure starts with gathering the right ingredients. When baking an apple pie, you will need fresh apples, a pinch of cinnamon, sugar, butter, and flour to make dough from. In the same way, crocheting a scarf or stuffed animal requires yarn of the right thickness, the right crochet hook, and maybe even a pair of safety eyes or other decorative elements.

Yarn, and other supplies to start your crochet project

Let's get started!

Once you have everything in hand, it's time to follow the instructions. When baking an apple pie, you need to peel the apples, cut them into slices, mix them with sugar and cinnamon. You make the dough, line the bottom of the pie tin with dough, put the apples in it and you cover the whole thing with a second layer of dough or strips of dough.

When crocheting a new project, depending on what you are going to crochet, you start by making a chain of chains, or by crocheting 6 single crochets in a magic ring. By crocheting different stitches, rows and following the pattern you achieve the desired result.

A crochet hook for my next project

Patience and re-read what it says!

As you can see, patience and attention are important when baking an apple pie as well as crocheting a project. Sometimes you need to pause, double-check, and re-read the instructions to make sure you're on the right track.

When baking a pie, check the oven regularly to make sure the crust turns golden brown and the apples are soft and juicy. When crocheting a new creation, inspect your work regularly to make sure that you are using the right stitches, that you have the right amount of stitches per row or row and that your creation will be as indicated in the pattern.

Reading a crochet pattern again

Proud of the result

And just as an apple pie smells great when it comes out of the oven, completing a crochet creation also brings with it a sense of joy and satisfaction. Whether you're looking at the warm blanket you've made or that cute crochet amigurumi or the perfectly baked apple pie on the table, you can be proud of your creation and enjoy the fact that you managed to do it beautifully!

apple pie or crochet work

Crocheting or apple pie?

What will it be today? Are you going to bake an apple pie today or are you going to crochet for a while?

Following a crochet pattern and following an apple pie recipe are both journeys to something beautiful and tasty. So get out that crochet hook or heat that oven, follow the instructions, and let your creativity run wild.

Do you opt for a crochet project? Before you know it, you'll be enjoying a fun crochet creation like a blanket or a doll. For yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Do you opt for the apple pie? Then you will enjoy a delicious piece of apple pie that you can share with friends or family.


Have fun exploring the wonderful world of crochet patterns and baking apple pies!

Also, always keep in mind that crocheting is fun and relaxing! It's very good for your health! Would you like to read more about that?

Then I have a nice blog for you: Crocheting is good for you!

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