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Old 10-19-2007, 02:39 PM   #21
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They really aren't that difficult. I LOVE her patterns, but her charts and directions leave something to be desired. If you check out my blog (url in my sig) I actually discuss my frustration in trying to figure out her instructions. She does discuss the directions in the front of her book, but if you rely just on the chart and the key (it's in the back of the book) you can get by. What I do is to write out one complete repeat and then knit it. After that I generally just refer to the pattern I've already done if I'm working a section that doesn't have any increases and decreases.

The patterns are very nice, though!
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:44 PM   #22
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presbyopia and charts
I absolutely have to enlarge charts. Then I fold up the row I just did, and knit the row at the bottom of my paper.
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:07 PM   #23
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I don't like charts either. I am trying to make my mom a sweater from a Classic Elite booklet and it has a chart for the cabling. The directions also say, knit until your piece measures X number of inches long. Not how many rows. Even though your guage is supposed to be correct. I don't like such vague-ness.
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I was intimidated by charts until I used one. Now I like them as much as, if not more than, written patterns.

Originally Posted by sinistral_needler View Post
I don't like charts either. I am trying to make my mom a sweater from a Classic Elite booklet and it has a chart for the cabling. The directions also say, knit until your piece measures X number of inches long. Not how many rows. Even though your guage is supposed to be correct. I don't like such vague-ness.
I actually prefer the "knit until your piece measures X" instructions because it's hard to make a mistake. After all, 13" is 13" all the time.
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:49 AM   #25
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I've had this book for years, and I still haven't made anything out of it. I have no idea why - the cables are really stunning! She does explain how to read the charts. Go for it! Which one are you thinking of doing?

Aren't they stunning? I like the double overhand knots on page 70 and 71. I was thinking of making a scarf--something easy that I could practice on.
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:55 AM   #26
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They really aren't that difficult. I LOVE her patterns, but her charts and directions leave something to be desired. If you check out my blog (url in my sig) I actually discuss my frustration in trying to figure out her instructions. She does discuss the directions in the front of her book, but if you rely just on the chart and the key (it's in the back of the book) you can get by. What I do is to write out one complete repeat and then knit it. After that I generally just refer to the pattern I've already done if I'm working a section that doesn't have any increases and decreases.

The patterns are very nice, though!
I bookmarked your blog to read later! Thank you for the reference!

I am a little worried about her paired increases and decreases. I mean, I just learned to do SSK last week. I think that once I try it, it won't be that hard. But I am not allowing myself to try anything until I finish my Christmas knitting!!!
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Old 10-20-2007, 01:58 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by knitncook View Post
They really aren't that difficult. I LOVE her patterns, but her charts and directions leave something to be desired. If you check out my blog (url in my sig) I actually discuss my frustration in trying to figure out her instructions. She does discuss the directions in the front of her book, but if you rely just on the chart and the key (it's in the back of the book) you can get by. What I do is to write out one complete repeat and then knit it. After that I generally just refer to the pattern I've already done if I'm working a section that doesn't have any increases and decreases.

The patterns are very nice, though!
Just read your comments on your blog about the book patterns and
I am just the opposite. The instructions were clear and
understandable and posed no problem! Isn't it funny how different
people "get" different things? I guess that is why we need
forums like this so we can discuss....hehe I actually have to
make notes on cable patterns that say something like C4B or
C4F to say right cross or left cross because that is what makes
more sense to me. Funny!
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There's two types of knitters, those who were forced to use a chart and now love charted patterns, and those who were forced to use a chart and still don't like charted patterns.

I'm the former.

Good luck, hope you're a former too.


Um.. well, I guess there's also the knitters who have yet to be forced to use a chart, but you know... lol
Don't forget that there's the strange ones that think charts look like math and had a 'love at first sight' experience with charts (people like me for example )
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