My patterns include written line-by-line instructions, so you don’t actually need to know how to use the charts. I write everything up for two techniques: interlocking crochet / Locked Filet Mesh, and overlay mosaic crochet.
You CAN use an interlocking crochet chart for overlay mosaic crochet. My original tutorial for reading a chart without X’s can be found on YouTube. But, I have now updated my patterns to include charts with X’s marking the dropped double crochets.
Reading the Chart:
- You start at the bottom right corner and each row is read from right to left (or the opposite if you’re left-handed)
- Join new yarn at the beginning of each row and cut your yarn at the end of every row
- Joining stitch (JS) is not shown on chart
- create slip knot, insert hook under both loops, complete a normal single crochet
- End stitch (ES) is not shown on the chart
- single crochet under both loops, chain 1, cut yarn and pull through tightly
- All odd numbered rows use the Main Color (MC) **when the chart starts at row 1** (sometimes charts start with the first row labeled as 0 instead; then even numbers are MC)
- Even numbered rows use the Contrasting Color (CC) **when the chart starts at row 1**
- Each square represents one stitch
- Don’t forget you need to add a stitch for both the JS and ES
- The first row can be made using foundation single crochet or by chaining one more than required (for turning space) and single crochet back
- Regardless of the square’s color, you work a single crochet in the Back Loop Only unless you see an “X”; an “X” tells you to create a dropped double crochet
I prefer to use the written instructions and I will sometimes glance at the chart if I am unsure of what part of the project I am working on but for the most part I ignore the charts completely. I understand that a lot of you are more familiar with charts or have difficulty reading the written instructions so I am happy to provide both options.