How to read a Japanese Crochet Pattern. The center symbol that she translates to "make 2 loops" is the "magic ring/loop." Remember: Japanese and US crochet chart symbols are the same. UK (British) symbols are slightly different!
These little amigurumi lanterns are based on the paper lanterns seen so often in Japan. The round red lantern is decorated with three cherry blossoms and the tall white lantern features the kanji character for “strength.