Reading & Understanding Crochet Patterns
Reading crochet patterns can be tricky with so many different styles and abbreviations, but crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is here to help you read and work through any pattern. Begin by learning all the ways crochet terms are shown in a pattern, as well as how to actually read and work through one. Then, find out how to tell if a pattern has all the information you need to successfully complete it. Dive deep into a pattern with Shannon as he explains special pattern elements such as stitch repeats, charts or diagrams and sizing. Next, apply your new skills by working the stunning scarf pattern included in your class materials, and even get Shannon's blocking and seaming tips to finish your scarf like a pro.
Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is the co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz, a versatile design company that uses unique flair to combine fashion design, knitting, crochet, photography and graphic design into a cohesive whole. He takes his instruction all over the country, selling out classes along the way and building a following of happy students. You can find Shannon's designs in countless magazines such as Crochet! and Knitting Today, or in one of his many books.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and begin by learning how to evaluate a pattern for skill level, schematics and gauge, and determine which materials and tools you need. Then, compare both a garment and accessory pattern to spot their similarities and differences.
Using a well-written pattern, take a closer look at pattern anatomy to understand if it's the right one for your skills and wishes. Next, find out how to interpret stitch-specific information in the pattern.
Ready to get into the details of a pattern? Shannon will explain the types of common and uncommon crochet stitches you may find, as well as other directions you could encounter in a pattern.
Dive back into the pattern and look at the most important elements such as stitch repeats, charts and sizing. You'll also learn how your gauge swatch is a great final check of your pattern.
Walk through the pattern included in your class materials, testing everything you've learned so far. Then, use your new crochet pattern confidence to make the fabulous Modern Sampler Scarf.
Wrap up the class by completing the Modern Sampler Scarf class project alongside Shannon. Get tips for blocking the pieces, as well as Shannon's favorite techniques for seaming.