かぎ針編みのための日本語 or Japanese for crochet – Part 1

Here’s something about me: I know a thing or two in Japanese.

When I was 15, I lived in Japan on exchange for six months and got pretty good at speaking Japanese. I could keep up with a casual conversation with my teenage friends and host family and get myself around with no trouble at all. When I came back home, I continued studying but with no Japanese-speaking friends I started to get rusty.

And today, I’m still rusty. When I went to Japan for a holiday I did get some of it back, but I couldn’t keep pace like I could when I was 15. I’d love to speak it again, but still with no Japanese-speaking people in my circles I’ll continue singing and reading to myself.

Which brings me to what this post is all about: Japanese Crochet patterns! A while ago I finished my Zirconia Lace Scarf, which was from a Japanese pattern book. I nutted out some of what I wanted to know but mainly relied on the visual pattern and numbers to make it. Now I’d like to try something a bit more ambitious: 「モチーフつなぎのチュニック」 or ‘Bridging Motif Tunic’. Here’s a preview from the book:

Bridging Motif Tunic, from 「Let

Rather than just translate patterns, I want to learn the words and structure that is used in them, so I can read them without having to go back to dictionaries and translation applications.

Word, if you’d like to join me in learning the Japanese language for this niche, I am at an Intermediate level with my Japanese and that’s where I’ll be starting from. The are some great online resources for learning Japanese like Japanese Pod 101, which has loads of free resources and extras available with a subscription and has lessons for all skill levels.

I find it’s best to learn vocabulary in small chunks, so today we’ll just go over today’s words:

Japanese (Kanji) Hiragana/ Katakana English
かぎ針編み かぎばりあみ crochet
かぎ (n) hook; hook bracket
はり needle; pin; staple; stinger
かぎ針 かぎばり hook; crochet needle
編み あみ (n) stitch, stiching, knit, knitting
のための for; for the sake of
日本語 にほんご Japanese language
(particle) belonging to
デイリーウエア daily wear
はる Spring
なつ Summer
モチーフ motif
繋ぎ つなぎ to join, to bridge gaps
チュニック tunic

Huge thanks to the WWWJDIC: Online Japanese Dictionary Service from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia – Best online Japanese dictionary ever!!

Oh Excitement! Nothing like getting my nerd on.

Stay creative! 😀

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6 thoughts on “かぎ針編みのための日本語 or Japanese for crochet – Part 1

  1. He.y Morgan—great going on your new challenge. I live in Hawaii and as a kid growing up the neighborhood grandmothers all spoke Japanese. Early Sunday mornings we had a Japanese language program which was quite interesting. I, love to looke at the Japanese pattern books (crocheting and sewing). I find that the illustrations are so appropriate that you can usually get buy once you know how the pattern works. Again, great going on your challenge of picking up the Japanese language and learning to read the kanji (sp). You are an inspiration to others.

    1. You are very correct about the crochet pattern-reading – it is very easy to figure out if you have a bit of crochet experience. I like to read what kind of yarn is used and other details in the pattern, but really you don’t need those. I also love looking through the pattern books, but I find the sewing ones a bit heart-breaking at the moment because I don’t have the skill to modify patterns until they fit – I just don’t have the petite figure they are made for! I’m sure that’s a learning curve for the future 🙂 Thanks for reading guys!

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