How to read a knitting chart

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Charts Made Simple: Understanding Knitting Charts Visually by J.C. Briar

Here is an absolutely essential guide to truly understand the language of charting knitwear. Granted, its a bit tedious if youre already experienced in reading charts, but if you really need to get your head around writing them, Briar didnt overlook a thing! (Not that Ive found, anyway.) I also appreciate the brief summary at the end of each chapter, as well as the quizes that test how well the concept sticks. Its well worth picking up a spare ball of yarn to practice as you work through this one.
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How to Knit from a Chart

Reading knitting charts may seem intimidating, but with these tips for how to read a knitting chart, you may come to prefer them over written.
J.C. Briar

Tutorial: How to read a Knitting Chart

Photo via Bluprint instructor Amy Detjen. Otherwise you might not be able to stitch some of those gorgeous patterns out there! The most important part of chart knitting, believe it or not, happens before you even start stitching. Before you pick up your yarn and needles, take a breath and remember these tips to get you through chart knitting without ripping out any stitches. Not sure where to begin stitching? Check out the row or round numbers on the side of the chart. This will let you know where to begin.

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You know if charts sync up with your way of thinking. You start reading at the edge where the number is and move in the opposite direction., Whether we accept it or not, the truth is - knitting is heavily based on math.

Working charts in circular knitting is somewhat different than working charts in flat knitting. Knowing how to read charts will help enhance your knitting by giving you the flexibility to add drama to your work. Most charts in stitch dictionaries are written for back-and-forth knitting. Each square of the chart represents one finished stitch. You begin in the lower right corner and work row 1 from right to left. Then you work row 2 from left to right, working each subsequent row in the opposite direction from the row before it. The arrows in the following illustration show the direction in which you would work the first few rows.

Learn to read a visual knitting chart with confidence. My step-by-step lesson helps you easily understand all of the essential information to begin reading and knitting from a basic chart. Review examples of knitting charts, find out which direction to begin reading, get a freshener on right and wrong sides of your knitting piece , translate chart symbols, and find out when to start pattern repeats. Think of a knitting chart as a little extra help in visualizing and understanding your project overall. The chart itself is laid out in a grid. That grid has little cells, like an Excel document or graph paper.

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  1. After a bit of practice, most knitters find working from charts much more intuitive, quick, and simple than working from line-by-line text instructions.

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