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For most patterns, clearly written instructions using standard American or UK crochet stitch abbreviations and lots of pictures are usually enough to help your crocheter make the pattern. But, some crocheters are helped by having a schematic of the finished project, especially if it's a project in the round or an intricate pattern. There's a growing movement to standardize symbols that illustrate the different crochet stitches and to use them in addition to written instructions to depict the steps to create the project. Here's a great explanation: http://www.grannys-garret.com/symbol_crochet/symbol_crochet.html