Keep Your Knitting On Track with Charts

I remember the first time someone pointed out to me that you can “read” your knitting. That is, you can understand your pattern well enough to recognize when you’ve purled rather than knit, or catch a yarnover that’s one stitch over from where it should be. Reading your knitting lets you fix small mistakes without a fuss and recognize larger mistakes before you have to rip out a dispiriting number of rows.

Reading knitting charts takes it further by showing you what your knitting will look like even before you knit it. Alas, so many knitters are completely freaked out by charts and refuse to go there. Like, ever.


reading knitting charts

I’m a proselytizer for knitting charts, and I’m not alone. Designer Jennifer Dassau is also a chart-lover; she has a new course out that demystifies all aspects of reading knitting charts, from what those squiggly symbols mean to that red box thingy to the dreaded “no-stitch” symbol. As she says in her course, the really cool thing about knitting charts is that they actually look like the knitting. A chart is nothing more than a concise way of writing a pattern and communicating what it will look like knitted up. Just look at some basic knit symbols and see how they resemble the stitches they represent.

reading knitting charts

Still unconvinced, or maybe lace is just not your thing? Try a basic colorwork chart. Compare a chart and knitted swatch; one is a bit fuzzier, but that’s it. And it’s much easier to count off colored squares in your head than it is to read “With MC, knit 3; with CC, knit 2; with MC, knit 2; with CC, knit 3” and on and on.

reading knitting charts

Jennifer’s course is just one of the many available in Interweave’s Yarn & Fiber Workshops. For $9.99 a month, you get unlimited access to all our courses. Want to learn colorwork, take a stab at steeking, or brush up on brioche? Maybe you want to alter knitting patterns or start writing your own. Or perhaps you want to learn a new craft, like crochet or spinning. We’ve got you covered on all fronts. In addition to top-notch teachers, you get assignments and practice exercises, downloadable patterns and worksheets, quizzes, and the chance to interact with fellow students.

Oh, and did I mention that many of the courses come with charts?

Try a course today and learn something new!

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