Writing overlay crochet patterns can get pretty messy pretty quickly.
Petranese is a way of easily describing the nature and placement of a stitch in an overlay crochet pattern.
Stitch definition abbreviations consist of 3 parts:
stitch _ horizontal placement – round
The stitch description gives you details for each of those three parts in plain text:
- stitch type
- exact horizontal placement (stitches ahead or behind/backwards)
- round placement
Stitch type defines what kind of stitch is going to be worked, whether it is a simple stitch, a front post or a back post stitch or a stitch just in one specific loop.
The placement definitions are added as numerals after the type of stitch and “_”:
- the first numeral always gives the direction and the number of stitches you have to count, starting from the next stitch:
“+” means: count ahead; +3 i.e. means it is the 3rd stitch after the next stitch
“–” means: count backwards; -3 i.e. means it is the 3rd stitch counted backwards / behind the next stitch
- the second numeral always indicates the round where the stitch has to be made, starting from the current round:
-1 means: the last round that you made, the one you would now “normally” crochet into = 1 round below the current round
-2 means: 2 rounds below the current round
-3 means: 3 rounds below the current round
Special Stitches - combining stitch and round counting
This is a tr_-3-3 in FLO/tr_+1-3 in FLO/<2tog, meaning 2 tr are worked together with
- the first leg worked as a tr in the front loop only of the st 3 behind and 3 rounds below the next stitch (red dot) and
- the second leg worked as a tr in the front loop only of the st 1 ahead and 3 rounds below the next stitch (blue dot)