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Apr 15, 2018 18:26:41   #
tulip2
 
This might have been discussed before, but I am finding following charts more distracting than an actual written pattern. By the time I figure out all the symbols and then go back back to the chart, I forget what the symbols are! Sometimes I don't have a choice because some patterns only come with a chart, but are there any tips to make it easier?
 
Apr 15, 2018 18:32:34   #
chickkie
 
Practice makes perfect. I prefer a chart, and sometimes I make little notes as to what the symbol means if it is not right beside the chart.
Apr 15, 2018 18:34:17   #
Lilyan (a regular here)
 
I color code the stitches with color pencils since I like to knit without my eyeglasses.
Apr 15, 2018 18:35:10   #
krestiekrew (a regular here)
 
If I really want to make the pattern, I just write it out line by line and go from there.

I cannot use charts.
Apr 15, 2018 18:38:33   #
nanad (a regular here)
 
I also color code makes it so much easier
Apr 15, 2018 18:39:26   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
tulip2 wrote:
This might have been discussed before, but I am finding following charts more distracting than an actual written pattern. By the time I figure out all the symbols and then go back back to the chart, I forget what the symbols are! Sometimes I don't have a choice because some patterns only come with a chart, but are there any tips to make it easier?


I am with you on this. Charts just slow me down. I even once commented that designers who used only charts were too lazy to write them out. You can imagine how I got jumped on for saying that! Besides slowing me down in other ways, I find the symbols and squares swim together. If I really liked a design, years ago, and they were only charted, I would write them out. Not anymore.
 
Apr 15, 2018 18:43:46   #
mlab (a regular here)
 
Funny that we vary so much. I can’t bear not having a chart. I saw a really nice Aran pattern today, but without a chart, so I dropped that one rather than trying even to start reading the stuff. Life’s too short. If they are no diagrams of a garment In a pattern, I can’t be bothered even to try it either. I want to see the shapes that I might wish to knit before I start.
Apr 15, 2018 18:53:34   #
PatchesPatches
 
tulip2 wrote:
This might have been discussed before, but I am finding following charts more distracting than an actual written pattern. By the time I figure out all the symbols and then go back back to the chart, I forget what the symbols are! Sometimes I don't have a choice because some patterns only come with a chart, but are there any tips to make it easier?
Tulip, I feel your pain! lol
Apr 15, 2018 18:54:11   #
jmcret05 (a regular here)
 
Starting on charts that have common symbols like, knit, purl, ssk, yo, k2tog may help. I still have problems with ones that have numerous cables in remembering how to 'read' them. Color coding helps. With cable charts, I copy the key larger and have that separately next to the chart along with abbreviations for the way to work that cable. After a few rows, it gets easier to recognize the symbol.

As in most things, it takes practice to work quickly from a chart. With regard to designers using charts instead of text, charts don't take up as much space and designs that go in magazines sometimes need to be more compact. Creative Knitting magazine has both the text and chart, but looking back and forth between pages at the text can be time consuming.
Apr 15, 2018 18:58:32   #
tdorminey (a regular here)
 
Like everything else, there is a learning curve. Most (stress most) American, UK and Australian designers use a consistent set of symbols for charting. I stopped hating and learned to love charts by starting out, as most do, by using the chart and legend to write out my own set of directions. Frustrating and time-consuming, but it got me there. Then, suddenly, one day "the light came on."

I realized that I was converting symbols directly to written without using the legend! I had learned the "language" and could now "translate" directly from the chart to the needles. Patience and persistence had done the trick.

I never looked back and could now fly like the wind.
Apr 15, 2018 19:12:58   #
nitcronut
 
I hate charts, need to write it out.
I write it out in sentences on duplicate sheet and mark it off as I go thru it.
What ever works for you.
 
Apr 15, 2018 19:18:02   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
I'm only new to chart's (only kinda new to knitting also) I can follow a real basic chart if it only has 4-6 rows/rounds I bought a sock pattern book that only has chart's so managed a basic pattern

If I have access to a printer I colour code my chart's, which is a great tip I read on KP

Most of the time I only have my mobile phone to follow a pattern from, reading those chart's can be hard....but recently found an easier way to read them on my phone....I took a screenshot that I had enlarged along with the symbols

But I usually follow the written pattern and mainly only buy patterns that have them fully written
Apr 15, 2018 19:27:57   #
tulip2
 
So funny how different all of us are! 😀. I went ahead before reading any of the comments and said to myself: " nuts to this" and started to write it out plus used a yellow highliter. Obviously I have a learning curve because I had to take a break, felt I was getting cross-eyed😝! So read all the comments, so glad I'm not the only one who gets frustrated! I will probably end up writing it out, because I like the shawl and the yarn.
Apr 15, 2018 19:48:36   #
Julianna P
 
[quote=mlab]Funny that we vary so much. I can’t bear not having a chart. I saw a really nice Aran pattern today, but without a chart, so I dropped that one rather than trying even to start reading the stuff. Life’s too short. If they are no diagrams of a garment In a pattern, I can’t be bothered even to try it either. I want to see the shapes that I might wish to knit before I start

Me too. Exactly what you said!
Apr 15, 2018 20:33:35   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
I used to have so much trouble with knitting charts. I'd get lost,work of the wrong row, ect. Imagine my surprise when I found out you read flat charts and in the round charts differently. I also blow my charts up huge at work and color each row a different color. I can use them now, but still not my favorite.
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