Your kitchen looks like this. Yes, that is a sock on a partial mannequin leg on my kitchen counter. Granted this is the “mail center” and “keys” portion of the kitchen (ahem, also great for catching all sorts of random clutter/junk) so it’s not like we’re eating socks for lunch, but still. The leg has been residing here for a couple of days while I waited for the weather to clear enough for me to take decent photos for a pattern. I’ve tried and tried but earlier this week it was just too dark for my camera to take a pretty photo even with supplemental lighting.
That sock is one half of my Grecian Goddess sample pair that has been waiting photography for ever. I promise one day I’ll actually have that pattern ready for technical editing. It’s on my spring “to do” list.
I want to learn how to chart crochet! I’m fairly proficient with knit charting. I even have a really nifty program that helps me out. (KnitVisualizer is what I’m running. There’s a new program, much less expensive from Intwined Studio that’s getting rave reviews. It checks in at $44, instead of $185 for KnitVisualizer.) Since I love charts for knitting as I can see immediately how stitches line up with each other, I’d like to be able to do the same thing with crochet.
When I learned to crochet charts were not commonly available in crochet patterns. Which meant that you crocheted along, checking the picture and sometimes you could be rows past a mistake before you realized it. With charting, it’s harder to do that because stitches are lined up and you can look down a column and see the previous stitches which are the foundation for your current work.
I recently found the StichinCrochet font by the talented Adriprint. If you download the True Type font (TT font) and own KnitVisualizer, you can import the Stitchin Crochet font into Knit Visualizer & use the crochet symbols within the charting software. All you need to do is use the Create Custom Stitch function, select the symbol you want to use, enter in directions for completing the stitch, save and you’re ready to go.
I’m so excited about the possibilities. I have a lot to learn about charting crochet, but I’m chomping at the bit to chart out a lovely crocheted edging along the cuff of a sock….or the edge of a sleeve.