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Brain-Teaser Patterns to Crochet

By February 12, 2013

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Sometimes, it seems to me that charted designs are kind of like brain teasers. They challenge you to think of different ways you could use them.

First you have to solve the puzzle of how to interpret the chart. Should you use it for filet crochet? Tapestry crochet? Bead crochet? Or something else all together?

Often, the same charts can also be used for other craft techniques such as cross stitch (or for cross stitching on top of your crochet projects.)

Once you've figured that part out, the fun isn't finished. You also have to decide whether to use the chart to create an afghan, a bedspread, some curtains, a pillow, or just about anything else. I suppose, in some ways, charts aren't for the faint-of-heart; an indecisive crafter might not make it entirely through the decision-making process before losing interest or giving up all together.

New Free Pattern: A Circle-Shaped Pattern With a Heart Motif

 A Circle-Shaped Pattern With a Heart Motif A Circle-Shaped Pattern With a Heart Motif - Photo Amy Solovay

This new pattern is even more of a brain-teaser than usual. It's a circle pattern featuring a heart motif. It's really a brain-teaser because it has some unusual shaping that requires you to put on your "thinking cap" when you figure out how to do it.

  • See pictures: I've posted a couple of photos showing you my first attempt at crocheting the design. There might be better ways to do it; this is simply one possibility.


  • Get the free chart.


See Also: How to read a crochet chart.

Recently Updated: Our Crochet Glossary

What Does "Work Even" Mean? Crochet jargon can sometimes present you with a different kind of brain teaser. Sometimes you see these unfamiliar terms, and you're left wondering what to do with them. A perfect example is the phrase "work even." You often see this directive written in crochet patterns, but if you don't know what it means then you're lost for the rest of the pattern.

I just updated my crochet glossary this week to include a brief definition. I also added bunches of other links to the glossary that I hope you will find helpful. The glossary still isn't as complete as I'd like it to be. If there are other terms that you'd like to see defined, you are invited to leave a comment for me here, and let me know what they are. I'll do my best to get the glossary updated again with any terms y'all find confusing.

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