WeCrochet Podcast Episode 13: Who’s Afraid of Crochet Charts?

On this week’s episode of the WeCrochet Podcast, we’re diving into the world of crochet tools (what do YOU keep in your project bag?), how to read crochet charts, and a new pattern collection that’s inspired by jungle greenery. 

First up Sara and Heather talk about what they keep in their Crochet tote bag. While some people, like Heather, have many tote bags, there are essential notions that seem to always find their way into our bags and into our hands when we need them most. We also hear from some of our crochet designers, what they keep in their tote bags. 

Next up – You may avoid crochet charts because they seem scary, but Sara and Heather are here to help break it down for you. Reading a crochet chart is like reading a map or reading music because once you know the symbols, you know how to read it. Or, maybe reading a chart is like following a recipe, doing a maze, learning a new dance, or playing a video game. Heather is here with all the analogies that help demystify charts, while Sara teaches us how to actually do it. YOU CAN READ CHARTS!

Lastly Regan and Heather chat about the new WeCrochet pattern collection, Viridescent, which is inspired by jungle greenery. They highlight their favorite patterns, and Regan lets the listeners in on a behind-the-scenes look into what the photoshoot was like for the Viridescent collection. 

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Mentioned in this episode:

Tape measure
Yarn needle 
Small sharp scissors
Folded Scissors
Locking Stitch Markers
Pattern Chart Keeper
Follow WeCrochet on Facebook
Mag 3
All the Patterns of the Viridescent Collection 
Curio Thread


0:00 Introduction
0:27 Sara and Heather talk about What’s Inside Your Tote Bag.
4:43 From the FBL GreenRoom Sara talks to Melissa of WoodsAndWool.com, Amber of DivineDebris.com,  about what they keep in their tote bags.
6:23 Join WeCrochet on Facebook Lives on Tuesdays at 8:30 am PST for Coffee and Crochet — it’s like a live podcast episode!
7:26 Sati from Rows & Roses gives us tips for using crochet charts, and her trick for using a chart even if you’re scared to try.
9:04 Sara and Heather talk about how to read crochet charts. It’s not as hard as it seems! If you can read a recipe, you can learn to read a crochet chart.
19:42 Heather and Regan talk about the patterns of Viridescent, our greenery-inspired pattern collection from WeCrochet Magazine Issue 3.


  1. Susan / June 20, 2020 / Reply

    A couple years ago before I started crocheting I was gifted some pattern books written by a European author. There were minimal instructions and every design was charted. When knitting, I prefer charts to written instructions but knitting charts are always bottom up rectangular things. Not so for crochet charts. They completely flummoxed me! Thanks to you, I now know I need to look for the entrance to the maze.

    Love the podcast for so many reasons. It’s not just helpful, it’s also a hilarious and entertaining listen. Keep the awesomeness coming!

    • Heather Mann / June 30, 2020 / Reply

      Thanks for the compliment, Susan. That made my day. Thank you for sharing!!