Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-04-2008, 10:33 PM   #1
1st Leg of the Journey
Lin's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bohemia, New York
Posts: 182
Thanks: 68
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Lin
Reading Charts
Hi! Help! How do I learn to read a chart?? It is very confusing to me!
Lin is offline   Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 05-05-2008, 09:03 AM   #2
Working the Gusset
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,085
Thanks: 201
Thanked 265 Times in 226 Posts
It doesn depend on the pattern. Most patterns give a key or legend as to what the various symbols mean, and this can alter from designer to designer. On colourwork charts, the blank squares are normally the stitches to be worked in the main colour, and the shaded stitches are those to be worked in the contrast colour.
It is usuall to read the chart from right to left.

is there a particular chart you would like help with?

I am Tarriknits on Ravelry

This is my not necassarily knitting related blog.
tarrentella is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2008, 05:47 PM   #3
Mod Squad
Ingrid's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,585
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,254 Times in 1,845 Posts
As Tarrantella said, each chart has a key that tells you what the symbols mean.

If you're working back and forth, right side rows are read right to left and wrong side rows are read left to right. Sometimes a chart doesn't even include the wrong side rows if they're just purled.

Each square represents a stitch or the result of working a stitch. For example, if you see the symbol /, it usually means to knit 2 together. It only takes up one box because after you do the k2tog, you have 1 stitch left.

It helps to block off all the rows above the one you're working on--I use Post-it notes.
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reading Charts saracidaltendencies The Lounge 2 11-30-2008 09:16 PM
need help reading charts sylvia How-to Questions 2 07-31-2008 07:42 AM
reading charts Teddi How-to Questions 4 06-23-2008 09:16 PM
Reading charts??? ZELDAdog How-to Questions 2 02-16-2007 05:59 PM
READING CHARTS HELP! lovestoknit General Knitting 4 04-14-2006 01:57 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:28 PM.