Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Crafter’s Way 223 - Crochet Around The World

crcohet bangle 2a
When my Grandmother taught me to crochet Australia was still very much immersed in our English heritage. Today we live in a different world; we are influenced by many cultures and as such often have different understandings of the same things. Craft is not immune from the differences. While recently being laid up with a broken foot I decided to do some crocheting. I googled some patterns and then came to an abrupt halt. The patterns had been written by an American and the pattern used the same words to explain different stitches. I decided to back track and make some granny squares using their patterns to immerse myself in the new language. I chose the granny square because I knew what that was supposed to look like. Funny enough after about half an hour I was confidently following the pattern.
Abbreviation US Abbreviation English
ch chain ch chain
slip st slip stitch sl st slip stitch
sc single crochet dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet htr half treble
dc double crochet tr treble
triple crochet
dtr double treble
double treble
double triple crochet
triptr triple treble
trip tr
tr trc
triple treble
triple triple crochet
quadtr quadruple treble
Cut out and keep this ready reckoner with your crochet patterns. Crochet Hook sizes can also vary. If you have a penchant for vintage patterns you will need to check if the hook sizes stated are imperial, that is pre-metric. For some sizes there is no comparison
Metric: mm US UK Imperial
1.00 10 Steel _
1.25 8 Steel _
1.50 7 Steel _
1.75 5 Steel _
2.00 B-1 14
2.25 B-1 13
2.75 C-2 12
3.25 D-3 10
3.50 E-4 9
3.75 F-5 9
4.00 G-6 8
4.50 7 7
5.00 H-8 6
5.50 I-9 5
6.00 J-10 4
6.50 10 1/4 3
7.00 K-10 1/2 2
8.00 _ 0
9.00 _ 00
10.00 _ 000
Next week I’ll share the crochet pattern to make the bangles in the image.

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