Crochet instructions are not difficult to follow once you become familiar to reading the pattern and appreciative of the meaning of each abbreviated symbol. Don’t forget to search in the instruction the punctuation and the pause every time you see periods or commas.
When studying crochet patterns and instruction, it is the basic to understanding the style of writing which includes crochet abbreviated symbol. But be an idiot and think that you need to memorize the symbols and abbreviations because you can always refer to your list. This is not some school examination. Practice and more practice and the symbols will become chicken to you.
One great tactic is to have someone reading the directions to you as you crochet.
Crochet directions normally make use of parentheses ( ) and asterisks (*) to illustrate pattern repetitions. Example: when the pattern instructs you to “repeat from *” you are required to observe and look back at the instruction of the row that you currently are working on and then locate the asterisk (*). Then crochet the instruction instantly following that asterisk (*).
Sometimes when a certain pattern ask to “repeat from *” many times. You need to go back, locate the asterisk (*) and then crochet the subsequent instructions, as many times as the pattern requires. Usually only one asterisk (*) in a row is found and the “repeats” will get you to the row ending. This will result in no additional instruction required for where you should end the repeats.
There are a few patterns that use a “single asterisk (*)”at the start and also the end of “the repeat”. So when you arrive to the succeeding “single asterisk (*), you are aware that it is the spot where that “repeat” will be stopped.
In additional, there are patterns that uses “single asterisk (*) and a “double asterisk (**), where the “double asterisk (**)” is in general used to designate where you need to end the repeat. Example: a pattern instructs you to “repeat from * to **”. You are then required to search for, going backwards in the instructions of the round which you are working on and locate the asterisk (*). You have to crochet the instructions at once succeeding that asterisk (*) and then continue till such time you arrive to the double asterisk (**) You will stop and begin to crochet once more at the course where you stop or left off before making the repeat.