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charts vs. written out

Hello everyone!  Sorry it’s been so long — 10 days is a long time not to post (for me, at least).  I’ve been very busy with end-of-school assignments and preparing for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification, which I take early tomorrow morning.  Job searching has also kept me busy for hours and hours on end, and I haven’t found anything yet, despite sending out over 70 copies of my resume.  Everyone loves my resume but nobody’s hiring, although I am doing a phone interview this Sunday with a private practitioner in the state.  I’d have to move if I got that job, but I don’t care — I just want something counseling related!

Despite all that, I really wanted to make this post, which I’ve been wanting to do for a while.  It’s about reading crochet charts vs. reading a standard written pattern.

bookchart

I really like charts!  Aside from looking cool, I think they’re easier to read (at least once you get the symbols down, but they’re pretty easy).  I can follow along easily and can see what my work is supposed to look like, ensuring that I do it correctly.

bookwritten

Regular written instructions are fine, too.  I’ve been used to all the abbreviations and repetitions for a long time now, so that’s not a problem.  Without a visual representation, however, often times I find myself in the middle of a round looking at the instructions and trying to figure out where I am.  It’s easier for me to get lost.

Those pictures are for the same motif and can be found in the book 201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects, and Ideas.  I like that the book most of the time provides both chart and written instructions — it’s very handy!

So which do you prefer, and why?  I’m curious to see how many people prefer each one.

I might not post again for a bit — I’ve got LOTS to do between now and Thursday and maybe by then I’ll know if I have a job and need to move.  The possibility of having to move is one reason I was happy to schedule the CAL for June — hopefully I’ll be settled in by that time.

Anyway, wish me luck for my exam tomorrow, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. Haven’t got the hang of charts yet but they do appeal. It must be easier to follow a visual representation rather than reading text. Good luck!

  2. Kathryn Rubidoux says:

    Good luck!
    I like both written and chart for the reasons you mentioned.

  3. creative pixie says:

    Hope your exam goes well.

  4. Wishing you get the job you want and I prefer photographs over charts no written instructions for me, 🙂

  5. Good luck for the exam! I prefer written instructions – I haven’t yet sat down with a chart to work through it but I haven’t got a problem with written patterns so I perhaps haven’t had the incentive! I think I might get a bit lost with a chart though.

  6. I found that when I was learning to crochet it helped to see both a chart and the written instructions side by side as I could read what I had to do but it was helpful to visually be able to see it. Now I think I have a preference for written instructions as they seem to make more sense to me but I am happy to work from either.

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  8. Good luck for your exam! I’ve never tried using charts but it would be useful if I learnt what all the symbols mean. Especially as some European and Asian patterns come with charts but I don’t understand their languages to read a written pattern

  9. wishing you all the best with that job hunt dear (as I still hunting myself). And for that chart v.s. written out, actually I don’t mind either one of themiot but surely grateful if I could have them both in a pattern 😀

  10. I actually like both … just as long as they are well-written.

    Best to you with the test, the potential job and move! I know you’ll do fine on that test.

  11. I’ve never done a pattern from a picture. Only have seen it a couple of times. Don’t think I would like stitching a pattern from it. I would rather have it written out.

  12. best of luck this week with all your important events, I am sure that you will do perfectly at all of it.

    I am comfortbale knitting from either written or charted instructions, btu have never crocheted from a chart, so not sure. I know no matter which method used, I like a good clear photo ofhte fnished item, so I can see if I am headed in teh right direction.

  13. Good luck, fingers crossed (although I don’t think you need it) 🙂

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