Crochet Pattern Making Study 1.1

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Understanding the Basic Math Behind Crochet. Linear Pattern.

In my previous post dedicated to my endeavor to identify the elements of Math behind crochet pattern making, we looked at the correlation between a chain and other types of crochet stitches, namely, sc, hdc, dc, tr, and dtr.

Today, let’s take it one step further and see the stitches “in action”, shall we?

Here’s a basic Filet crochet pattern/chart I’ve made that we’ll be working with; I’ll name it Geometric Floral. We can use it to make a bookmark or a bracelet (repeat rows 2 to 5 for pattern as many times as you wish, until the desired length is achieved):


A linear pattern like this will allow us to take a closer look at how the stitches work together. Plus, it’s a nice and pretty and a pretty easy classic. It involves only 2 types of stitches: ch and dc. The stitches form two main components of the pattern: an empty block and a filled block. Each block contains a core element of the pattern – a 3×3 cell.

Here’s our pattern reflecting the stitch architecture and noting the key points:


Please note, that the +1 foundation stitch for the turning chain of Row 1 is an essential part of an accurately computed foundation chain.

This also explains why we insert the hook in a specific chain from our hook to make the first stitch in Row 1. As an absolute beginner, I asked myself that question every time I’d watch one of those great crochet videos online to make myself a cool new scarf 🙂



Now we know where the “multiple of…” comes from.


– and we know where the specific number of chains in a turning chain comes from.

Please keep in mind that in a row, a turning chain (here: ch3) is used in place of an equivalent stitch (here: dc), not in addition to.

Knowing these basic principles, we can start practicing different combinations of stitches,  gradually advancing in the complexity of our projects – and then, sky is the limit 🙂

Next time, we’ll dive into The Circle.

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