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Old 11-28-2007, 12:54 AM   #1
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How do you read a Chart?
I just got the Book Encyclopedia of Knitting By Donna Kooler. Great book. I want to practice stitch patterns , they have 150 of them in this book. But I am finding it confusing How do you follow these charts?

Example,
Horseshoes
Instructions,
multiple of 10 stitches + 1 is this how many I cast on to start?
Row1:K1 *yo,k3, sk2p, k3 ,yo ,k1;
repeat from*to end of row do I skip K1?

Another instructions will say something like this

Lace Net

Instruction
multiple of 2

Row 1:K1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from *ending with k1 again
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:07 AM   #2
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For the multiple of 10 sts. + 1, basically add 1 stitch for every 10 stitches. Say you have 10 sts. then adding one would be 11. So, if you have 20 sts. +1, it would be 21.

Row 1 you would knit the first stitch, then, repeat only what's in between the *. So, for your 1st row, you would knit the first stitch then knit only the stitches indicated between the asterisks.


For the lace, the multiples of 2 are your stitches. Such as, 2, 4, 6, etc. When you yarn over, you are going to get an extra stitch which is why you need to k2tog, to get rid of that extra stitch which would give you an uneven number. Basically with that pattern, you're going to repeat what's between the asterisks until you reach the end of the row where, if you have knitted the pattern properly, you should be left with one stitch, which of course, you would knit.

Hope that makes sense!
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Originally Posted by Nanaof6 View Post
Horseshoes
multiple of 10 stitches + 1 is this how many I cast on to start?
You would cast on a multiple of 10 stitches, plus 1 more stitch. So you would need to cast on 11 stitches, or 21 stitches, or 31, or 41, or 51.....

(The number of stitches you cast on depends on how wide you want your item to be. So, if you want to make a scarf with that design, just cast on 21 stitches and knit for a while to see if it's wide enough. If it's not, then frog it and start over with 31 stitches instead.)

Originally Posted by Nanaof6 View Post
Row1:K1 *yo,k3, sk2p, k3 ,yo ,k1;
repeat from*to end of row do I skip K1?
For this row, you would Knit 1 stitch, then YO, K3, SK2P, K3, YO, K1. Then, you would continue the row, beginning with the YO, K3, SK2P, K3, YO, K1 over and over again until you get to the end. If you only cast on 11 stitches to start with, you wouldn't repeat that part at all, because you would be finished with the row. If you cast on 21 stitches to start with, you would only repeat that part one time.

Originally Posted by Nanaof6 View Post
Lace Net
multiple of 2
You would cast on 4 stitches, or 6, or 8, or 10, or 12.....
(again, depending on how wide you want the item to be)

Originally Posted by Nanaof6 View Post
Row 1:K1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from *ending with k1 again
For this row, you would Knit 1 stitch, then YO, K2tog over and over again until you get to the last stitch. Then, you would knit that 1 stitch.

Good luck.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:33 PM   #4
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I found this tutorial very helpful for learning to read charts.
http://www.knitfoundry.com/tutorial/HowToReadCharts.pdf
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Does anyone have this Book??

What I want to do is try and do some of the swatches in the very back , in the 'KNITTING PATTERN GALLERY'
They show these nice stitch patterns but I don't know how many I need to case on to start any one of the swatches? What is a good number when your making a swatch and it is a pattern like lace ?
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The st patterns are usually given as a `multiple of X plus x sts'. For just a sampler or a scarf, you can cast on about 2-4 times the multiple or something that will come close to about 20-30 sts. If a pattern is mult 4 + 2 then 18, 22 or 26 should work. If it's a mult of 8 +3 then 19 or 27.
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Originally Posted by Nanaof6 View Post
Does anyone have this Book??
What I want to do is try and do some of the swatches in the very back , in the 'KNITTING PATTERN GALLERY'
They show these nice stitch patterns but I don't know how many I need to case on to start any one of the swatches? What is a good number when your making a swatch and it is a pattern like lace ?
Yes, I have the book.

Here's an example:
On page 203, you'll see the pattern for "Feather and Fan" (the pink design in the middle of the page. If you look under the photo, you'll see the chart, then you'll see the written directions underneath that.

The written directions say "Multiple of 12 stitches"
So, this means you need to cast on 12 stitches, or 24 stitches, or 36 stitches, or 48 stitches. (a multiple of 12)

Then, you'll be able to knit the design.
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Sandy, when it reads multiple of 10 stitches + 1 then why don't they just say 11? remember I am new at this knitting language. Sorry if I appear dumb here, but I am still learning on my own as I go.




On the charts on page 203 feather and fan , what do the numbers mean that run down both sides, are those the rows? and what does the yellow block in the chart with the { under it mean? (not sure what the mark is called sorry)
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:34 AM   #9
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[quote=Nanaof6;1013305]Sandy, when it reads multiple of 10 stitches + 1 then why don't they just say 11? remember I am new at this knitting language. Sorry if I appear dumb here, but I am still learning on my own as I go.



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I don't have the book, so I can only answer the 1st part of your question. It doesn't say cast on 11 stitches b/c you don't want multiples of 11. Think of it like this. With multiples of 10 +1 cast on the multiple first; in this case you want a multiple of 10 which would be 10, 20, 30, 40, however wide you want your project. Then just add 1 stitch more at the end of the row so you would have a grand total of 11 (or 21, 31, 41 - again, however wide you want your project to be). What you *don't* want to do (and I made this mistake at the beginning, too) is to cast on 10, add 1, cast on 10 more, add 1, and so on - that *is* multiples of 11 - you just keep casting on 11 stitches over and over. If you had a pattern that had multiples of 4 +1, you would cast on 4 (or 8 or 12 or 16) and when you're done doing the multiple of 4, you would cast on one more stitch at the end of the row for your +1 (for a total of 5, 9, 13, or 17). Hope that clears it up!

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Exactly.

If they said 11, then you would possibly cast on 22 or 33 stitches, which would not work.

It's a multiple of 10, then you add one stitch at the end of the row. That makes the pattern work properly.

Just try casting on different amounts, and you'll see what I mean.

For example, with the "Horseshoes" pattern, if you cast on 21 (10 x 2 +1) stitches, here's what you'd do:
Row 1: K1, YO, K3, SK2P, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, SK2P, K3, YO, K1
If you had cast on 22 stitches, you would still have one stitch left on your needle, unworked.
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