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01-25-2009, 11:11 PM
Hi out there!
I am very new to knitting but am eager to learn all that i can. I have only completed a few basic projects; scraves, roll-up brim hats etc. I would very much like to knit a pattern that i have found. Its for a lace wrap. My question is...how do i read the pattern???? I'm used to reading the written instructions and the triangles and circles are all a blur to me. Help, please!
Lost in lace...
Jan in CA
01-26-2009, 12:45 AM
A link to the pattern would be very helpful when asking questions. :thumbsup:
It sounds like you are referring to a chart. I'm not experienced with them, but here's a few links that might help.
01-26-2009, 01:32 AM
Charts have a symbol key that explains what they mean. You read the odd rows from right to left and the even rows left to right. In the round, all rows/rounds are read right to left. This it because the chart is a diagram of the pattern as seen from the RS, so you read it the same direction you knit.
01-27-2009, 02:19 AM
I am trying out a pattern called Seascapes from Knitty.com. Thank for the links ; i will give it a try!
01-29-2009, 07:32 AM
Now there's a challenge for a beginning lace knitter, as the chart seems to be in many parts. The notes for the symbols on the main page seem quite clear.
It might be a good idea to do a simpler, repetitive lace project first to get used to working from a chart before going for this lovely pattern. On the other hand, if you use this as a learning project, you are ready for any intermediate lace patterns.