3 Tips For Translating Crochet Patterns

A guide for translating German crochet patterns into U.S. crochet terms.

I found this free crochet llama pattern in German and I couldn’t resist making it! This is the first time that I’ve ever successfully completed a project written in a different language and I feel quite proud.

I figured that I’d share my insight on following the German pattern for any English speakers who’d like to make this adorable llama or embark on a crochet pattern translation journey of their own.

Use Google Translate

First things first, visit the web page in the Google Chrome browser. This automatically translates the pattern to a language you understand. From here, you can start to decode notes and general directions about the pattern. There’s still a bit of work you’ll have to do manually to translate the pattern.

Decode Crochet Terms

Crochet terms aren’t really recognized by google translate. Instead of seeing a familiar ‘dc – double crochet’ in the abbreviations section of the pattern, you might see something silly like ‘stb – chopsticks’. At this point, you want to turn google translate off and decipher the terms yourself.

I made the infographic at the top of the post for translating the german crochet terms in the llama pattern. I found an infographic for the different crochet terms in English, Dutch and German. You can check that outĀ HERE.

Look for Context Clues

At one point I got very confused with the assembly of the pattern. Thankfully this designer had a bunch of similar patterns with photo tutorials that I could follow along with. I looked at THIS similar pattern for a crochet deer to see how she assembled and finished off her amigurumi.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions about translating patterns!





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