11-28-2007, 12:54 AM #1 Nanaof6 Working the Gusset     Join Date: Jan 2007 Posts: 1,240 Thanks: 477 Thanked 218 Times in 178 Posts 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 __________________ Nana IX XI Keep Christ In Christmas http://www.flickr.com/photos/14548372@N02

 11-28-2007, 01:07 AM #2 saracidaltendencies Working the Gusset     Join Date: Jan 2006 Location: knittinghelp.com Posts: 1,919 Thanks: 955 Thanked 1,090 Times in 608 Posts 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! __________________ --The member formerly known as Demonica "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
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 Originally Posted by Nanaof6 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 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 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 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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 11-28-2007, 01:33 PM #4 Jan in CA Moderator Mod Squad     Join Date: Oct 2005 Location: Southern CA Posts: 38,161 Thanks: 1,723 Thanked 8,979 Times in 7,324 Posts I found this tutorial very helpful for learning to read charts. http://www.knitfoundry.com/tutorial/HowToReadCharts.pdf __________________ Jan When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it. NEW! KH knitting video archive ~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~
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 11-28-2007, 02:41 PM #5 Nanaof6 Working the Gusset     Join Date: Jan 2007 Posts: 1,240 Thanks: 477 Thanked 218 Times in 178 Posts 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 ? __________________ Nana IX XI Keep Christ In Christmas http://www.flickr.com/photos/14548372@N02
 11-28-2007, 03:02 PM #6 suzeeq Knit On!   Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: Montana Posts: 27,765 Thanks: 160 Thanked 6,457 Times in 6,038 Posts 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. __________________ sue- knitting heretic
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 Originally Posted by Nanaof6 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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 11-29-2007, 12:12 AM #8 Nanaof6 Working the Gusset     Join Date: Jan 2007 Posts: 1,240 Thanks: 477 Thanked 218 Times in 178 Posts 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) __________________ Nana IX XI Keep Christ In Christmas http://www.flickr.com/photos/14548372@N02
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 11-29-2007, 11:10 AM #10 Shandeh Sock Yarn Bliss     Join Date: Feb 2006 Location: Charlotte, NC Posts: 16,369 Thanks: 4,369 Thanked 2,850 Times in 1,912 Posts 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. __________________ Sandy 13 WIPs, 370 FOs >Amy's Knitting Dictionary with videos< Knitting Blog / Beginner Knitting Patterns Plus-Size Patterns / My video: Join in the Round **See me in the Yarnspirations Blog!**
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