Monday, January 19, 2015

Charts vs written instructions. A few thoughts.

Hello, everybody.
I would like to say a couple things about charts vs written instructions.
I just sent my response to a person who asked me to write instructions for the Boston Proper long vest.
Well, I told here I can't do that because I already feel guilty that I made charts to somebody's pattern, so I am not making this pattern even easier to recreate and I am sorry to disappoint people.
On other hand, someone who would like to make more complicated garments, has to step out of her comfort zone and learn how to read charts. Ones it's done, it makes so much easier to follow patterns! I make my own patterns for sale when I have my work permit. I always include charts and written instructions, knowing that there will be some people who don't read charts, but with complicated garments, it's not always possible to explain everything in written instructions.
I start with  charts/diagrams, drawing them in vector graphic software "inkscape" (it's free, but you have to spend some time to learn the software), then I write instructions and get a bit angry at someone, who started that whole written instructions thing and made people not learn otherwise! Charts make so so so much more sense!
We don't write instructions for electrical circuits, do we? It's the same thing, sometimes it's acceptable, sometimes it's impossible, but it's never more efficient than charts.
It's like metric system! One crashed spaceship with people in it is a part of the price for that! If I had power, I would make all countries that not using metric system, transit to it. It's not so many of them out there!
There are people wired differently who can't read charts no matter what. They are a subject for a different discussion.
If one wants to take it further and crochet something more complicated and has nothing regarding mind ability that would stop her or him from learning how to read charts, the best would be to do that.
I am thinking of creating lessons on reading charts, because of my frustration when I open any magazine, published in US. very often it's pages of instructions that can be replaced by one diagram!
I ask the Universe, please, send me a work permit this year!
Best luck to all of you with your projects and let's find power inside us to learn something new! We push our children to explore and learn skills by not doing things for them and letting them do them on their own and get (let's face it) a bit lazy sometimes when it comes to our own. :)))


Believe me, this thing is easy and you can kick yourself and do that!


Love you all!
Natalia

29 comments:

  1. Natalia I love you ~!~ You make me laugh... I started learning crochet with written instruction and threw my work across the room many MANY times !!! THEN I found a doily magazine that was mostly charts and I was so excited, FINALLY someone who thinks like me. I've used charts ever since... if I come across a pattern in only words I make my own chart and that's why I can look at just a picture of, or see the crocheted item and make it myself with no problem. I've made a skirt of yours from just one of your pictures and have been recently looking at a filet blouse you made and thinking about making it for next summer. As far as the metric goes... I also wish things were universal (it would make it so much easier for the whole world) BUT I've lived in the USA for 57 years now and still don't use metrics much. I have apps to help me if I need something but until everything goes to that and we are "forced" to learn it... I probably won't in my lifetime but I do try when I watch a movie and they talk about Kilometers or a recipe talks about mg or a wood project talks about mm... I have to get out my app...but my day to day is in miles, gallons, and inches... the only way I can see me learning them is to actually move to another country that uses them... THEN I would learn...coming here from Russia have you found it hard to learn our ways? It stretches the brain cells doesn't it lol Actually I don't have a problem learning new things nor teaching new things (whatever I've learned first) it's VERY VERY GOOD for the brain and keeps you younger mentally so I don't fight learning. In teaching crochet locally (and now Irish Crochet which I had to teach myself first) I've found the learning process to be very interesting in different people. You're right some just can't figure out charts and some don't even want to try, but the ones who do try and do learn are so much better off and can do so much more AND ARE CALMER then those frustrated by the written word lol. It's all up to the individual and that should be ok (for them). I walk away whistling (in my head since I can't actually whistle anymore lol) I'm happy / their happy...well sort of... ROFLOL (roll on floor laughing out loud) Enjoy your day~!~

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    1. You make me laugh as well! :) I do understand inches, it's kind of easy and I use them in patterns as well as cm, but yards, feet - nah, not using those; understand lb, since it's about half of a kilogram, and that's it! :))))))) Everything else is beyond my full understanding. I mean, I convert everything to metric system and I've been to US for 7 years! :))) I think it makes sense to marry only one system for any given person and my brain is already wired. Ok. What about Fahrenheit??? The lowest temperature is the temperature at which BRINE freezing? :))))))) well, I got used to F, but my tablet's weather app is set to Celsius. :)
      I am happy to hear your way and you go beyond many of us - making your own charts from written instructions? That's great and makes perfect sense to me! Thank you for the comment, Janet!

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    2. Btw, there will be a pattern for the filet blouse as soon as they give me my Green Card. :)) And, of course, charts are included and actually are done. :)

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    3. as far as F* vs. C* COLD is COLD no matter how you record it....so it doesn't count LOL
      and look up the definition of Neuroplasticity it's amazing ~!~
      NEVER EVER give up on learning new things... in fact LOOK for new things to learn. Doesn't matter what it is... crochet patterns, or crossword puzzles or a new language, or even metrics vs USA measurements...just learn something new. I'm learning Hebrew and trying to learn a musical instrument... I've got a penny whistle but I want a Hammer Dulcimer... I want to learn to play it like Rich Mullins does... dreammmmmmm... I want to lose weight too but that's a heavy dream lol

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    4. It's wonderful road you are on! :))

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  2. I learned to crochet with written instructions, but forced myself to use charts and I totally love crocheting from charts now! It is quite simple to learn. Charts charts charts!
    Thank you for sharing all of your lovely creations!
    Love ya!
    Marsha

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    1. Thank you, Marsha! I am glad to hear that!

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  3. Charts don't depend on a interpretation, but written text does, you glance a chart and you know already what to do, so much faster approach. :) It really pays out to learn to read them. Writing them out for a text is terrible.

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    1. yes, you feel my pain! :) Thank you for the comment, Zophie!

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    2. I prefer charts. Its hard to follow written instructions. Love your work Natalia! Very talented.

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  4. I absolutely love your work and I learned to read charts so that I could work with some of your patterns! I am so glad that I pushed myself to do that because it opened a whole new world to me with the Russian and Japanese patterns that are online. To the powers that be in our government - PLEASE send Natalia her green card!! We need more beautiful crochet patterns to play with! :)

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  5. Long written instructions are so tedious. I love charts. They are a beautiful, visual shorthand. Of course, if they are done poorly, it is nice to have text to clarify. This only helps if you understand the language!

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  6. Love charts and am never keen to start a pattern that has only written instructions. As mentioned before if you learn to read charts it opens a whole other world of crochet up as language is no barrier. I too hope you receive your green card soon. Am waiting on your patterns.

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  7. It depends if you are a visual learner or not. Visual learners will get charts, people who aren't might find written instructions easier to follow. Me? Give me a chart any time.

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    1. You are right! There are people who can't follow charts or prefer instructions. That's why I include both in my patterns. But my opinion both must be in every pattern out there, crochet or knitting.

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  8. I just finished typing a very long comment ... and then it got eaten by the BNSTE. (better not send it elves)

    28ºF is 82ºC -- that's all I need to remember!!!

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    1. What a bummer! :))I get you. Thank you for the comment!

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  9. Charts are way easier to understand, but that's maybe just me. you can crochet with charts from all over the world. with charts you won't need to understand other languages and that's a benefit for everybody.

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  11. Not everyone ok the majority of us in the states had someone show us how to crochet. It's just now picking up steam again as a hobby. So many of the people I know were self taught on YouTube therefore neglected of charts. I myself know what all the symbols are and what they mean but I get confused when there isn't exact measurements for each size nor do I know how to measure out the stitches to make my size and incorporate it in a pattern and I don't have the time for that either. I suck at math I won't lie so if it doesn't have measurements set for each size I won't make it. I also get confused when there is just a small stitch pattern and you are supposed to make a garment for a small tiny stitch pattern sample. How the heck am I supposed to do that?! I was never taught that, because I was self taught on YouTube and I never had a family who could hand it down to me as a skill and the ones who do have this skill are now way to old to even remember because crochet is now becoming cool again. It's not people's fault they can't read charts when they have to be self taught on the god awful YouTube. Every single chart reading tutorial is the same. Yea I know how to make a whatever pattern is laid out as the tutorial. That's simple. I get confused when schematics and measurements aren't present.

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    1. Hi Kristi, there are patterns out there, and that's how I make mine, with charts and instructions, with exact measurements. I always try to include both so anybody would understand the pattern, but more advanced patterns do require reading charts skill, otherwise it would be a 100-pages pattern. So for somebody who doesn't have time, willing or ability to figure out her size, reading charts would help to create more advanced garments. For people who want to go further, it will give a freedom to do so. I was shown how to make a chain stitch and a single crochet stitch by my mom. That's it. There wasn't YouTube back then, I only could wish. I used magazines, books to learn, so a real teacher is not a key. I believe in self-teaching more than in anything else. :)) Good luck with your projects! I will start to sell my patterns soon, my be by the end of this summer. Every pattern will be a learning tool, because I have charts and instructions, and often images in each one of them. Thank you for your comment! Feed-back is very important to me!

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  12. I'm self taught and I am trying to learn to read charts...my problem is...I can't figure out where to start...How many stitches do I need to start with etc.

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  13. I'm self taught and I am trying to learn to read charts...my problem is...I can't figure out where to start...How many stitches do I need to start with etc.

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    1. Hi! You stat from the center with: ch 5, sl st in 1st ch.

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