Charting a Course to Better Knitting

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard knitters—seasoned, veteran knitters—talk about knitting charts with the same dread reserved for major dental surgery. “I avoid any pattern that uses charts.” “WAY too confusing.” – or – Reading knitting charts is something I could never figure out. I’ve heard these all, and more.

People, c’mon.

I get it: knitting charts have all these weird symbols and a hieroglyphic feel that can be off-putting if you’ve never used them. But if you can master language, or learn how to drive a car, or knit a garter stitch shawl, reading knitting charts is a walk in the park. Granted, we generally have help when learning a new language or a new skill. Our newest course, How to Read Knitting Charts with Jennifer Dassau is your personal Rosetta Stone when it comes to deciphering those spikey, squiggly symbols.

reading knitting charts

Although she is better known for her short-row designs, Jennifer has recently delved into the world of charted patterns in her own work. As she says in her course, the really cool thing about knitting charts is they actually look like the knitting. Take her Aqueous Sweater for example; if you look at the chart and a swatch, maybe squinting a little, you can see they look pretty similar. 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 stitch they represent.

reading knitting charts

The chart-pattern correspondence is super evident when you look at colorwork charts. Compare this chart and the knitted swatch; one is a bit fuzzier, but that’s it. And how much more simple is it to see a chart than to read “With MC, knit 3; with CC, knit 2; with MC, knit 2; with CC, knit 3.”

reading knitting charts

Join Jennifer and learn the mysteries of lace charts, cable charts, colorwork charts, and more. She even covers short-row symbols, as you might expect. With plenty of practice charts, swatch exercises, and even 2 bonus patterns from Interweave, you’ll be over your trepidation in no time.

Be brave, knitters!

—Allison


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