A lifetime ago, I started working in the high-tech industry for a software company in Paris (yeah, it was a tough job but someone had to do it!) During that time, I spent a good deal of my days working with folks in different countries and helping them translate the product into their languages.
These days, I get a little charge when a crafter walks in from another country and they are having trouble communicating – I see it as a challenge and an opportunity as I always learn something about a different tradition and, inevitably, something new about knitting and crocheting. Most of the time we manage with a lot of hand-waving and needle-waving and sometimes we manage because we have a lot of people in the store who speak different languages – Spanish and Chinese among them.
For knitters and crocheters who grew up speaking Spanish (and especially if they learned how to follow patterns in Spanish), I notice that it is sometimes difficult for them to read English knitting and crochet patterns. Normally Dolores translates for our Spanish-speaking customers – but since you do not have Dolores at home, we are providing you with a handy little reference. We are happy to say that Nadya, our summer intern, has translated a standard list of Knitting and Crochet Abbreviations and Terms into Spanish. She has helpfully put them into pdf documents that should be easy for you to download and print out for your reference.
Download the crochet list here: Crochet Terms English-Spanish
And then download your knitting list here: Knitting Terms English-Spanish
We would love some feedback - send it all to info AT ninerubies DOT com. We are planning on translating into a few other languages and would like to catch issues and incorporate great ideas sooner rather than later.
Add comment June 23rd, 2011