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Old 04-21-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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Poll: Chart vs. Written Pattern?
I'm curious to find out what everyone prefers. Say a pattern has both a chart AND written pattern, which would you use? Personally I find charts rather confusing and harder to follow than written. What about you?
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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I will pick a chart over written instruction EVERY time!
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:27 PM   #3
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Definitely charts...I'm more of a visual learner so if I can see what I'm supposed to be doing it makes more sense than trying to follow written instruction...hence my finding KH so I could see how I was supposed to be knitting...lol
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:46 PM   #4
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CHARTS all the way!!!!!

Written directions are tedious, time consuming and tiresome!
Especially when a chart could have been developed in its place!
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:20 PM   #5
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I've tried and tried and just can't wrap my brain around reading a chart. I used to cross stitch so I figured charts would be a piece of cake... but not so. So I much prefer a pattern written out.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:29 PM   #6
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I prefer written at the moment. I've only used charts for the mosaic type of colourwork.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:31 PM   #7
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I prefer charts. There are frequently issues with written patterns, and sometimes begins to look overwhelming. Go green! Save paper! Charts usually take up one page, maybe two. Written instructions can take up to as many as 8 or 9 pages. (I actually saw that once. It's not that common, though, for a pattern to take up 8 or 9 pages. ) Written instructions are SOMETIMES easier, and I do like them, but charts are definitely my preference. Plus they look cool. :D
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:42 PM   #8
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I haven't done much that involves charts so right now I prefer written as they seem confusing to me, too. I can see the value for complicated patterns so maybe someday..
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:06 PM   #9
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I cannot use charts, because of my vision. When I was younger, I did a lot of cross stitch using charts, but can't do them anymore because I can't see them well. That's why I switched to knitting. I had never knit a stitch until I couldn't read my cross stitch charts anymore.

I was so glad to find a craft that didn't require charts.

Now, I get SO frustrated whenever a knitting pattern only has charted directions. I just pass it by, and move on to written patterns.

Occasionally, I have had to do a bit of knitted chartwork, but it was so taxing on my eyes. I had to use a magnifying glass, reading glasses and very bright light. Not a fun thing to do at all.
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
because of my vision....I can't see them well.....so taxing on my eyes....had to use a magnifying glass
Sandy, I always ENLARGE my charts using my printer.
If the entire enlarged chart won't fit onto a normal sheet of paper, I print it on two or three pieces of paper. One third on sheet #1, one third on sheet #2, and the final third on sheet #3.

Had to to that for SYLVI. Four pages.
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