View Full Version : Reading a Chart

03-04-2009, 01:28 PM
I have done pretty well with all I have learned with of course help from the ladies here. I am now ready to try somethiing new.

Now I want to learn how to read a chart. Any words of wisdom and/or advise?


Jan in CA
03-04-2009, 01:33 PM
Here are some links I have bookmarked.

03-04-2009, 03:35 PM
If a chart is more complex than just 2 or 3 symbols, I get out the colored pencils and color code the chart. So, all K2tog boxes would be pink, all SSK's would be green, etc. It makes it a little easier as I'm going along to have my eyes follow the color on the chart to the color in the key versus trying to keep all the symbols straight.

03-04-2009, 03:46 PM
I also cross stitch (although knitting is my new and all consuming obsession). I think what throws me when looking at a knitting chart is I will be working from the bottom up. A chart for a progect I am considering also indicates only the odd rows are shown, I am to purl on the even rows.

Thanks so much Jan in CA for the links, very very helpful.

Yarnpiggy the coloring of the squares is a great idea. I will try that also.

03-04-2009, 06:55 PM
I like Eunny Jang's take on charts (http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/03/majoring_in_lace_part_ii.html) too...

03-05-2009, 07:47 PM
I don't know if this is covered in the links, but I use post-it notes to keep track of where I am. They're portable, and if I need to close the book, they stay in place. Just put one at the edge of the row you're working.

Another thing to remember, that charts show you the result of the stitch.