How to make Crochet Diagrams in Illustrator

To make the previous pattern I realized I needed a way to quickly and easily draw a chart for a crochet pattern. After some searching around the internet I found that you could get a crochet font and use illustrator to create them, so I thought I’d share my new found knowledge in a tutorial for others to benefit from. Note: This tutorial is for circular crochet diagrams.

First, I found a decent, reasonably price crochet font:

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Screenshot 2015-09-08 11.21.50After the font is installed, fire up Illustrator. Start by creating a grid. To do that, select the Polar Grid Tool under the Line Segment Tool.

Screenshot 2015-09-08 11.24.54Create a grid with a few radial dividers and concentric dividers. I did eight and eight. I also sized it to be 700 px by 700 px, but you can resize it to fit your canvas once it is created. I’m also working with a canvas of the standard 1024px by 768px, as I plan to create a diagram for a rather large motif.

Once the grid is created, make sure it is selected and go under the View menu -> Guides -> Make Guides. You will now have a circular grid to use as a guide.

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Now lets start adding some Crochet Symbols. Select the Text tool and make sure that the font selected is StitchinCrochet. Now create your first symbol. It make take some hunting to find the correct symbol or you can use this cheat sheet.

Stitchin Crochet Symbol Chart

With the Crochet symbol selected, select the rotation tool from the toolbar. With the cross-hair cursor showing select the middle of the grid. Then hold down the option key (mac) or alt key (win) and select the crochet symbol. This will allow you to rotate a copy of the symbol.

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Continue to create copies of your symbol and rotate them around until you have as many as you need. Take advantage of the guide we made at the beginning of the tutorial to help with placement.

Continue to do this for all rows going forward. You may also select multiple symbols at a time to create copies of and rotate around the circle.

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In the end you will have created a crochet diagram. Happy creating!


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  1. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I can’t wait to start playing with making some charts. I’ve downloaded the crochet stitch font and I just know that it will help me to be able to repeat items when I start making it up as I go along.

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