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Hello, I haven't met most of you yet, but would like to! I am new here, but have crocheted for a number of years, mostly following patterns etc.

 

My question is about some of the graph afghans I see posted.... I would LOVE to do those, but don't quite understand how to do it.

 

Any help would be appreciated, and PLEASE don't think you are making it sound too simple.... i REALLY don't know how to do this, so make it as simple as you can... if you can.

 

Thanks

Angela

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Charts/graphs are great and you CAN learn them! I'm posting some links which I hope will help. I'm sure there are other places on the web with information for you, too. I adore charts and wish all those fabulous old patterns had them! My links are haywire today so I'll add in spaces so you can get the sites. Sorry you have to copy, paste and then close up spaces. I can't seem to get it any other way... each has at least two spaces chunked in.

 

Stitch Legend (Note the different symbols for U.S. vs. European charts.)

 

http:// www. *********************.com/crochet-patt erns.html

 

Reading working in rows (stitch patterns, other back-and-forth work)

 

http:// www. *********************.com/crochet-patterns.html

 

 

Reading working in rounds (doilies, granny squares, etc.)

 

http:// *********************. com/2007/11/how-to-read-japanese-crochet-pattern.html

 

 

ETA: Oh dear. Do I have a virus or something? :( Links are not working at all.

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Nope - no virus. The sites that you linked to are in the crochetville filters. There's several reasons - trademark or copyright problems, adult content, etc why Amy will add them to the ville.

 

I don't know if you've found the joys of a CAL yet. (Crochet A Long). There's a graph ghan cal with tons of info. http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=95224&highlight=graph+ghan+cal

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Nope - no virus. The sites that you linked to are in the crochetville filters. There's several reasons - trademark or copyright problems, adult content, etc why Amy will add them to the ville.
Really? I didn't even know Crochetville HAD its own filters, LOL. And I saw nothing but the info pages when I googled for help with reading charts, so... :shrug Thanks a ton, Rose! :hug I think I'll check out the link YOU suggested. I love charts but who knows what else I might learn today?

 

ETA: Angela, I thought I read your question carefully but now I am not so sure I did. I originally thought you were asking about reading crochet symbol charts but I think Rose may be correct with the Graph Ghan CAL page, in which case all those links I tried to get would have looked crazy and not been what you wanted anyway. I am sorry I goofed up that response to you. :P

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Thanks, I have started reading the CAL... It fairly long and I will have to set aside some time to read it :) I hope I can understand. If not I will certainly ask! I would like to think I CAN learn it... but we will see.

 

Thanks Rose for your post and thanks to Carla as well, hey I will take all help I can get!

Angela

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ok another question... i started reading the CAL for the graphs... but these people sound like they are DOING a graph... i need something that says HOW to do it... have I just not read far enough along?

 

Patience is not my virtue

Angela

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Some people like to make their own graphs instead of purchasing them but maybe you just didn't read far enough in. There should be a bunch of pictures also once you get a few pages in and people have a chance to start making stuff.

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ok Rose... realizing that I am new, and obviously NOT afraid to show my ignorance :) This thread refers a lot to a "clinic" section and a "sticky" post that has lots of directions, maybe that is what I need. But... hmmm... where is the clinic section?

Angela

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Don't feel bad - I have no idea what a 'clinic' section is either.

 

You're definitely in the right place. We're a very helpful bunch here.

 

A Sticky is a post that's stuck at the top of a forum. I don't see any for graph ghans. Here's a few posts to get you started.

 

Graphghan posts

 

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=125407&highlight=graph

 

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=109335&highlight=graph

 

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=91753&highlight=graph

 

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=69582&highlight=graphghan

 

 

Color changing posts

http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/join-new-yarn.htm

 

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=110208&highlight=change+colors

 

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=91753&highlight=change+colors

 

I hope these help.

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Rose

Thank you so much for your patience most of all! and for the links... :)

 

I will read and study as is how I first attempt things. Then I hope to update you as I progress!

Angela

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Sounds good! Wishing you lots of success with learning to change colors.

 

You can also do a search for it on you tube. Apparently, it's a treasure trove of information for crochet sts.

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Vist Kim Guzman's site www.crochetkim.com She has an great tutorial on graphs. Go into her section called resources, there is a great section on how to crochet from a graph. That is where I learn how to do a graph. Kim is also a Crochetville teacher.

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I would like to learn how to create my own graphs. Not for a business venture, just for my personal use. What type of software is good and easy?

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I'm confused. Are you wanting to learn how to crochet a picture afghan from a graph? Or are you wanting to crochet a traditional pattern using a chart with crochet symbols?

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Neither, I actually want to learn how to make the graph patterns from like a jpeg file etc.

Just looking for the appropriate software to do so. I already crochet by the graphs, I just wanted to learn to go on my computer and make my own.

thanks in advance

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try microrevolt.com for a pretty good free chart maker.

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1 of our forum members is good at graphghans... and has a CAL for different levels of doing them (beginners also) and you might want to try posting to the thread or asking her about them. i believe she has 2 cal's (she did a new 1 in 2010, i think (and that can be a problem at times, esp since i cant find the 1st 1 i was looking for) due to 1st getting so large), but 1 addy is <http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=112273>

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I would love to create my own graph from a picture for my personal use. But I do not know where to start looking to buy something like that. That would help me w/ the making of that sort of thing.

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On the graph, each square equals one crochet stitch. You usually work the first row reading the graph from right to left (the way you crochet), then read the next row from left to right (though you will still crochet from right to left). If you are left-handed do just the opposite.

 

You will chain and turn at the end of each row as you usually do.

 

It is a bit different for a filet crochet chart, but I'm assuming that's not what you mean.

 

Jean Leinhauser

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I use PCStitch... it has paid for itself already with the graphs I have done. I am still learning. I think my biggest problem is that I want the graph to look a certain way and I end up with the pattern being huge and that wont work for most of my projects. Learning to get the size down is the hard part.

 

Making graphs takes a little work but once you figure it out the hardest part, IMO, is keeping the yarn from getting knotted up on the back... and the worst part is weaving in the ends! LOL

 

I do all mine is SC. There are lots of topics here and also on youtube that show how to follow the patterns and color changes, etc.

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Do you have a sample of one of your graph patterns so I can see if that is what I would like to purchase?

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