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Old 11-04-2007, 09:55 PM   #1
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Only one disliking charts?
I've been trying to learn to knit from a chart for weeks. I finally ended up writing it down from the chart in words (actually abbreviations) like a regular pattern. That took a lot of time, but I could follow it. Maybe it is because I deal with words all day, not with pictures, but iIjust can't get the chart. Does anyone else prefer the patterns to the charts?

Also, does anyone know of a stitchionary that is NOT in chart form? I understand that the Harmony Guides are both ways, but wonder if there is another.
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:59 PM   #2
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i don't like charts either....

I have the Vogue Stitchionary #1, and it has the patterns written, not charted. Not sure about the others though.
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Old 11-04-2007, 10:10 PM   #3
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I think that there are some things in knitting that are for the mathmatically inclined. That wouldn't be me.

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Old 11-04-2007, 10:12 PM   #4
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Charts? We don't need no steenkin Charts!

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Old 11-04-2007, 11:15 PM   #5
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Maybe this is even weirder,,I like to crochet from a chart. It's great but knitting from one is totally different. HATE IT. One day maybe I'll take the time to learn but for now I'm liking the patterns.
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Old 11-04-2007, 11:23 PM   #6
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I hate working with charts. I am working on a sweater for my mom and the pattern has a chart for the cabling .. and I had to transcribe it out .. otherwise I would have never gotten it!!

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Old 11-04-2007, 11:46 PM   #7
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I can read charts but I'd rather not. I usually translate into words.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:17 AM   #8
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I tend to write over charts and avoid them like the plague.

But I decided to knit this scarf... I have to tell you that this is the first time I like the chart. But the chart is very well done...

Its found in the pdf of this scarf, Brooke's column of Leaves Scarf.

But I have to tell you, that even then... I've frogged this several times tonight!

I like the chart better than the written pattern in this... but I still don't like it!
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:20 AM   #9
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I guess I'm in the minority in this group. I'll take a chart over written directions any day. I just translated a written pattern into charts to make a sweater for my niece. Good thing there are both ways!
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:33 AM   #10
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I make more mistakes trying to knit from a chart than from written instructions. The charts tend to leave off edging rows. Then it seems I am forever undoing things to get my stitches in line with each other. A lot of times, the symbols for the various stitches are too similar and I twist them as I work.

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