Charts Made Simple: understanding knitting charts visually 1st Edition
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Charts Made Simple provides a progression of clear, step-by-step tutorials and is packed with visuals--some of the best I've ever seen. You will be happily and confidently knitting from charts in no time! --Margaret Fisher
Charts Made Simple guides you through the basics of how charts operate, explaining the whys as well as the whats to make charts your favorite knitting language. My only regret with this book is that it wasn't around when I had to figure out charting on my own a long time ago. --Joan Schrouder
- Publisher : Glass Iris Publications; 1st edition (December 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 104 pages
- ISBN-10 : 098307920X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0983079200
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.24 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #137,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first chapter is called 'The Big Picture' and it illustrates how charts show you the big picture and how symbols look like stitches. It emphasizes that charts read in the same direction you knit. This is of absolute importance. Charts also show the right side of the fabric, never the wrong side. Blank squares or spaces keep clutter to a minimum and since there are always exceptions, special charts come with special instructions. There are ways to tweak charts to your liking. One way is to use a highlighter to make some symbols 'pop' off the page. You can customize symbols to your liking and you can use "highlighters that mimic the yarn colors you plan to use, bringing the colorwork pattern into view." You can also redraw the chart with colored pencils.
The second chapter is called 'Staying on Track' and it focuses on the following:
Notice How the Design Elements Line Up - Look the chart over and get an idea of the types of stitches used, where they are and how they line up in relation to one another.
"Cover the rows you have not yet knit". This is an absolute must.
Keep Track of Each Chart Separately. Since some patterns utilize more that one chart, don't get them confused.
Compare Your Knitting to the Chart. Do this frequently to see whether you're on track or whether you've goofed.
Teach Yourself to Read Your Knitting. Learn what each stitch looks like and what stitch you've just knit.
Get Back on Track. If you lose your place, use your chart to help you find your way back.
There are chapters on Cable Symbol Sensitivity, Charts that Show Shape, Counting Stitches, and Repeated Stitches. There are exercises to practice with and there are keys to charts and a list of abbreviations.
This is a must have book. It is an ABSOLUTE RESOURCE that should be in every knitter's library and it is clear, clear, clear. I commend J.C. Briar for this book and thank her for publishing it. I know that it will get a lot of use from me.
The author takes you through chart reading little by little and introduces new ways of thinking about charts that takes the intimidation factor right out of the process. The little exercises (which I did) at the end help of each section are quick and easy and you get comfortable and confident about being able to understand the symbols and "see" the knitting in the chart. There are lots of instructions just for lefties too.
After years of avoiding charted instructions I am glad to finally feel confident enough to enjoy knitting with them. I've found since that it's easier to follow than row by row instructions. You can't go wrong with this book.