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Old 04-21-2009, 09:27 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
Sandy, I always ENLARGE my charts using my printer....
I've tried that a couple times, but still get frustrated. I just wish they would offer written instructions as well, you know?

When I'm knitting, I look at my stitches as they go. Then I look up at the pattern, and have to adjust my vision to see what's written there. I've discussed it with my eye doctor, and he's tried 3 different prescriptions for me. I guess I'm just one of those people with difficult eyes.

(Must be all those years of reading piano music, typing and filing as a secretary, reading books, and doing computer work.)

I think part of my frustration is the key for the charts. It seems like every knitting pattern uses different symbols for different stitches. So, I'm having to remember the symbols as well as the stitches, on top of trying to see it. Just too much work for my little brain.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:29 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
Must be all those years of reading piano music, typing and filing as a secretary, reading books, and doing computer work.
That could be very very right!

Hey Sandy! I ADORE YOUR NEW PHOTO AVATAR!!!
You are absolutely gorgeous in that fuchsia color!
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:38 PM   #13
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:39 PM   #14
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I'm finally getting the hang of charts. For years all patterns were text, so I'm accustomed to reading them in text - left to right. I can read charts, but only recently was able to knit from them. Practice I guess... I still like words better I think.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:49 PM   #15
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I definitely prefer charts. I'll even make a chart if possible. They help me envision the pattern and helps me to memorize things. They just make sense to me. I always seem to have to reread written rows from the beginning, where with a chart I can see where I am.

And I agree--Sandy, you look MAAAHVELOUS!!
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:52 PM   #16
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Hey Sandy! I ADORE YOUR NEW PHOTO AVATAR!!!
You are absolutely gorgeous in that fuchsia color!
Absolutely!
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:02 PM   #17
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I like using charts because I find it easier to see what the stitches are supposed to look like. I use a piece of low-tack painter's tape to highlight the row I'm currently on, and hide the rest of the chart that I don't need to see (yet). Then I can easily move the tape up the chart as I progress.
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Charts... almost always charts. I can also see what it's going to look like when I look at a chart, not that way with written...

And I agree you look beautiful, Sandy!
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I can't picture what it looks like either way - I have to see actual photos.
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
And I agree--Sandy, you look MAAAHVELOUS!!
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And I agree you look beautiful, Sandy!

Y'all are gonna give me a big head.
I might have to sign up for the Mrs America pageant.
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