View Poll Results: What do you think of patterns with charts?
Love 'em! 26 45.61%
Hate 'em! 16 28.07%
Doesn't matter 15 26.32%
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Love or hate charts?
I have been fighting with a pattern from drops that has taken me about 5 tries to even get going right (and still somehow I am messing up). I am finding that its because I am reading from charts only.

So do you love or hate them?

I can certainly tell you that I won't be rushing to make anything with a pattern that is mostly charts!
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:56 PM   #2
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Personally, I like them. Lace patterns get especially irritating to read when written out, but having a chart and memorizing the symbols makes the project much more efficient.

Sometimes, it just takes awhile to get used to them.

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Old 01-25-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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Something with charts just doesn't click with me. Hate 'em!
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:24 PM   #4
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Chart lover here! I'll often make a chart out of a written pattern if it's possible.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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I didn't like them when I first started knitting, but for lace patterns and cables, I love them. It's easier for me to "read" my knitting if I have a chart to compare it to, and I also am less likely to lose my place in a pattern.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:37 PM   #6
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I voted that I hate 'em, but honestly I propably haven't given them a fair shake. I have contemplated a couple of patterns that were via charts and I just couldn't get the symbols memorized and keep reading in a straight line back and forth. Maybe I'll put it back on my list of things to do...
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:42 PM   #7
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Doesn't matter to me -- right now I've only been knitting about a month, so I can't quite picture what the chart is going to look like. In fact, I found that it was best to chart out the pattern on graph paper myself, but not so I could follow was to make sure I understood how the stitches worked together, not so I could see how it would look. Sort of backward-engineering. (Sad, I know.)

I imagine that with experience, I'll be able to "see" the lace in the charts and they'll be more useful to me.

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Old 01-25-2009, 08:47 PM   #8
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You need an option for "scares the bejeepers out of me and have never had the guts to try them"

That's my vote!!
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:03 PM   #9
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I can read charts, but I can't knit from them - too much time counting sts when I can look at the text and it say k9, k2tog, k7 YO, or whatever. Also I learned over 40 years ago and all the patterns I saw were in text. So my brain only interprets what I see from left to right.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:44 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by hartleystudio View Post
You need an option for "scares the bejeepers out of me and have never had the guts to try them"

That's my vote!!
Yea, and under the option ADD "WILL NEVER TRY AGAIN"...ONE WORD... SOCKS

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