How Read Knitting Charts

Knitting charts are a great way to memorize stitch patterns. There are many different ways to read a knitting chart, so we will go over the basic steps here.

Paragraphs include lists of numbers or specific terms to describe items, such as rows, steeks, and incs. These elements must be present in the chart you are reading in order for it to be a helpful tool.

There are several ways to read a chart, but we will focus on the basics for this article. These include counting stitches along the top of the graph, using a guide line across the graph, and using diagonal lines to represent rounds.

Bytes can also be used if there is only one item listed on the chart.

Chart symbols

how read knitting charts

Most charts use a range of symbols and labels to construct. These can include:

a circle representing a repeat or repeat length,

a line indicating the decrease or decrease amount, and/or

a different-looking number or symbol to represent the step-up or down. These can be a percent, crocheted circle, etc.

These symbols are placed in front of the measurement to give you some help in finding it. Most times, these symbols are place directly above the row that has the decreases and/or repeats. This is so easy to find!

You will need to know which symbols are which on most charts. The easiest ones are the ones with just one kind of symbol per chart.

Grid layout

how read knitting charts

When choosing a color for your knitted item, you have two choices. You can use a solid color as the basis for your item, or you can create a foam pattern to fit the shape of your product.

Both styles are beautiful! With solid colors like cream and rich browns, there are many possibilities. There are also some cute pastels, like soft shades of pink and light green.

infographic_text p_text Knitted items look pretty cute in rainbow format. These colorful knitted items look very luxurious and expensive. In fact, they cost more than some electronic devices!

When choosing which color will be the base of your product, it is important to choose well. You want one that looks nice and is not very bright or strong-looking. A crewel color will not look good on someone with high bone structure because it shows too much furnitureing.

Symbols and colors

how read knitting charts

Choosing how to read charts depends on what symbols and colors are used in the pattern. Most patterns have a purplish or red, shaded background, and a solid-colored grid where the stitches are displayed.

These backgrounds and patterns are usually chosen for their organized nature. With so many colors and backgrounds, there is surely one that you like!

However, if the pattern does not use these symbols or color codes, then they do not matter. You can still read the pattern!

Many times, when reading a chart that has some unusual looking stitches, such as pom-poms or reverse stockinettes, it is better to use the same method as usual: take your start place and work towards that place until done, then switch to the other side and start over from there. This way, you will avoid any confusion with the look of the pattern and be ready for whatever size you want to buy (and yourself!).

Symbols for different types of stitches

how read knitting charts

There are three main types of stitches: purl, carry, and increase. Each has its own symbol to represent it.

Purls are defined as a loop that is placed on a needle and then pulled through. Increase stitches are defined as a loop that is placed on a needle and then increased through the back and front of the stitch.

Carries are defined as a loop that is placed on a needle and then let go. These can be held for an extended period of time due to the lack of support from the stitch.

Increase stitches are typically used when working with small projects or over months of saving up to buy something beautiful! There are many online resources where you can learn new patterns that use increases and decreases.

Understanding knitting charts will help you read crocheting charts too

how read knitting charts

When you look at a crocheted item, do you see a pattern? If so, then you have learned how to read charts! Most charts are not complex, but it will help to understand how different areas of the chart connect.

Many charts are double or triple cross-overs, which don’t fit well on a crocheting needle. This means that you must use separate needles to create the chart. It also means that you can change the color scheme or style of the chart without having to start over with a new needle set.

You can learn most charts in the middle and upper ranges of skill, so don’t worry about being too fancy for someone else. Instead, they will just say that they do not know what that thing is because they did not look like this!

The best way to learn new skills is to get feedback from people who know more about them. Reading about other people’s success in breaking into your field is very helpful.

Rows and columns

how read knitting charts

Most charts are laid out in a straight line fashion. This is the most common way to layout charts.

Parallel lines indicate a linear relationship. When there is a circle at the top, it represents an initial situation and progression into a new one.

At the bottom, it represents the outcome of the situation. This indicates a change in status or something that lasts. For example, when buying a car, you would consider it a new vehicle for life!

Parallel lines indicate a non-linear relationship. A curve indicates an increase or increase over time. A flat line indicates no changeover time. If one were to read these as changes, they would signify no progress or decline.

How to read graphs can be confusing at times.

Row numbers or letters

how read knitting charts

Changing from row numbers to letters or rows can make reading the charts a little easier. Both approaches have their pros and cons.

In this article, we will tell you all about it. So, let’s get started!

When changing from row numbers to letters, there are two main ways to do so. One way is to turn off the word-connecting feature and instead, use numbered blocks. The other way is to use numbered blocks but remove the word-connecting feature. Both of these ways are valid!

Both of these ways have their own benefits and costs.

Column numbers or letters

how read knitting charts

Changing column formats such as treble stitch or double crochet stitch can be difficult. There are a few options here to help you overcome this.

You can use the variable length units in your charts. These are the little boxes or, in some cases, the larger pieces of text that say how many stitches and inches it is to join two pieces of fabric. Variable length units can also be changed easily in the chart.

Another option is to use a different unit of measure. In most charts, there is a yardage listed for each piece of knitting. Using a unit such as imperial yards or yards, you can change the amount of charted items that have been divided into this size units.

Finally, some formats do not change.

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