Crochet Diagrams

Crochet Diagrams – Guilty as Charged

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

13 thoughts on “Crochet Diagrams – Guilty as Charged

  • April 2, 2015 at 2:33 am
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    because I was self taught. traditional patterns are frustrating to say the least, I love the diagrams.. and they are actually helping me learn to read patterns. thank you!!!!

  • March 23, 2015 at 10:32 am
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    I personally prefer diagrams, for two simple reasons: first, the language barrier is immediately broken when there is a diagram. I don’t know how to speak russian, for example, but if there is a diagram in the pattern, them I can make it. Even in my own language, I think it´s easier to look at the diagram first and use the text as a complementary information. And second, it’s the way things are done here in Brazil. I’d say 95% of the patterns published in Brazil do have diagrams.

  • March 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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    I believe using the diagrams are like reading a roadmap so I can picture how to get somewhere as opposed to reading someone’s written instructions. Much better to see the diagram. I’m very happy you are including them.

  • March 13, 2015 at 10:54 pm
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    You are a sneaky young man, but I love you for It! I’m a young 71 and have never tried to do a diagram. It seemed like mumbo/jumbo or Greek to me but since I started the Mystery CAL, I have, or at least feel, like I have learned so much from you. You have a gift Mikey and I am so thankful to you and hope to learn so much more from you and as soon as my Son comes to visit this weekend will try and post a picture of how I’m doing on our CAL. Got to learn how to do that too! ha ha Never too old to learn! So, you can to teach an old gal new tricks…God Bless

  • March 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    I am add and an auditory learner and I used to look at the diagrams like they were written in a foreign language and would throw them away if they were in a pattern when I printed them. I “thought”I had to watch the videos to get the pattern or muddled my way through the written instructions and mess up a dozen times, but Mikey helped me understand they were “my friends and here to help me!!” and I can read one now with no problems although I sometimes get in a hurry (imagine that!!). I get envious of Mikey sometimes because he makes it look so easy,but that is the sign of a good teacher and years of experience. Mikey, your love of your craft spills over in your videos and rubs off on all of us!! Thanks to you and the TCC crew for all you do. Keep smilin’ and keep hookin’! Blessings to you guys/gals!

  • March 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm
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    For myself I like having both. Some times I go only to the diagram, it is easier to see what is coming up. Then there are times I want the instructions so I don’t have to count stiches it tells me. Three months ago I couldn’t do eather one but with Mikey’s help I am learning to do both. There is times that I think “I cann’t do this” and it takes a video, the written instructions, and the diagram. i spend more time FROGGING then anything. So far I haven’t given up.I also find myself just wondering to hook and yarn just to try somethig I saw on line. With out Crochet Croud I would have given up long ago to find something else to do with my hands, I am the true meanig of a “maker”, if its out there I will have tryed it or find something new.

  • March 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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    Funny to see this now. When I was watching clue 4 I was thinking how cool it was to have the diagram to follow . Thank you for putting so much thought into the way people learn . I tried for years to crochet but until your videos I couldn’t do it . Now I have only been at it for a few months and people request stuff from me. Thank you again .

  • March 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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    You told us your goal on the Crochet Cruises, was to get us reading the graphs. I felt that they were like trying to read Eygyptian hieroglyphs and they didn’t make sense to me. Well, with the mystery afghan, on step 4, I have been using the. Graph, to make sure I am placing stitches in the right place. Way to go, Mikey, you got me!!! Thanks!

  • March 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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    I love crochet diagrams and personally I find them very easy to read. I would much rather see what to do at a glance than read long detailed instructions where I invariably lose my way. 🙂

  • March 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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    As a crocheter for almost 50 years I think the aids that you do are great (diagrams and videos).You have helped so many people to learn this wonderful hobby. My concern is that I see too many posts from people saying – I need a video, I could never learn to read a pattern. I feel we need to try to help and encourage these people to be able to read a pattern or they will be limited to doing only what they can find a video for! Maybe a learn to read a pattern challenge with the aids coming out like a week later to help those truly stumped or to check their work. Just my 2 cents as the thought of only being able to crochet those patterns for which I could find a video makes me very sad!

  • March 4, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    This is the first project I have worked on that included the chart. Before, if it was only a chart I wouldn’t even consider attempting it. Now I find myself comparing the chart to the written instructions to make sure my stitch placement is correct! Way to go Crochet Crowd for your sneaky lessons in chart reading!

  • March 4, 2015 at 11:41 am
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    I am a diagram person too! You can get polar graph paper free online for drawing your own circular and square diagrams, as well as the stitch apps. Three basic types of learning (abstract-written instructions), representational (stitch diagrams), and concrete ( actual photos or sitting next to your teacher and seeing the process.) Wish more pattern designers would use all 3 in their instructions. Great CAL going on. Thanks.

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