Crochet Workshop - Deciphering Code

I’m so glad my first week as a volunteer in Cambodia ended on a high note because it allowed us to seriously push the boundaries  in the second week! It would be fitting to say we had a couple of eureka moments this week.

The most important one to mention was working out how to teach the women to read a pattern (as you can imagine this was like deciphering code), so that they can continue creating products once the programme came to an end!

The biggest obstacle was the reading and understanding the patterns in English as none of them could speak English let alone read or write. With the help of the sewing teachers, who could speak a tiny bit of english we did a bit of brainstorming…


…And came up with the following solution:


Basically I rewrote the pattern which looks a bit like binary code
The circle represents a stitch and the number above each stitch is the number of stitches you need to crochet into the previous row.

It worked brilliantly! Here are the results of the first project  Thank you ladies for another successful week!


I can’t believe how much everyone’s covered in such a short amount of time, and I’m a little sad that my volunteering experience is coming to an end! With one more week to go I’m interested to see what we’ll achieve  Bring on week three!