Here are some basic repeat symbols that you will see used in crochet. Some symbols used for repeats, are used more frequently that others. Back in the day, when I was first learning to crochet, parenthesis were used for repeating instructions. I have noticed a change in the use of parenthesis today and they are used more as a summation for the specific row or round being worked on. Detail is import with written instructions. Following the repeat set of instructions, you should find a phrase telling you how many times to repeat the set of instructions.
- [ ] = work instructions between brackets as many times as instructed
- ( ) = work instructions between parenthesis as many times as instructed
- * = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as instructed
- You can look at the image and see if you can find the row you are on in the image. I have found this very helpful in the past and have been able to resolve my confusion from a picture.
- There are many message forums related to crochet and usually someone with knowledge is willing to answer a question.
- The other thing you can do is write to the author. I realize that publications go out of business so they may be hard to reach but in most cases the author is just an e-mail away.