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Apr 6, 2012 22:58:12   #
mzmom1 (a regular here)
 
http://www.tata-tatao.to/e-index.html - "The ABCs of Knitting"
This is a great website that I just found today, I didn't get much out of it at first because it is in Japanese. I was using the Safari browser today, so it didn't translate automatically like Chrome does. After I installed the translation extension and reopened the page it was like opening a treasure box! There is so much here! From knitting lessons for beginners to computer aided knitting design, most bases seem to be covered, including a chart of Japanese knitting symbols and an explanation of Japanese graphic patterns. Try it for yourself and see what you think---
 
Apr 6, 2012 23:35:20   #
btibbs70
 
Boy, you're not kidding!
TNX
Apr 7, 2012 08:49:57   #
TNmaid
 
mzmom1 wrote:
http://www.tata-tatao.to/e-index.html - "The ABCs of Knitting"
This is a great website that I just found today, I didn't get much out of it at first because it is in Japanese. I was using the Safari browser today, so it didn't translate automatically like Chrome does. After I installed the translation extension and reopened the page it was like opening a treasure box! There is so much here! From knitting lessons for beginners to computer aided knitting design, most bases seem to be covered, including a chart of Japanese knitting symbols and an explanation of Japanese graphic patterns. Try it for yourself and see what you think---
http://www.tata-tatao.to/e-index.html - "The... (show quote)


I would like to view this site. It looks extraordinarily helpful. My Mom (89) is learning to knit. This would be such a help. Where do you find a translator? I am using Internet Explorer as a browser.
Apr 7, 2012 13:34:54   #
SylviaC
 
Wow, I bookmarked it and will get my son to help me set up a translator. The home page was all in English and some of links are already in English.
Thanks so much, I am going to have fun when I get set up. They have so many things that are different.
Apr 7, 2012 14:13:08   #
Ms. Tess
 
OMG I am so excited I am bouncing up and down on the couch like a sugar overloaded kid at Easter!!!! This is the most amazing gift anyone has ever given to me!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you mzmom1 for posting this, I just can't say how thankful I am that you opened a door for me that I thought had been nailed shut!!!
Apr 7, 2012 17:33:25   #
umozabeads
 
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Thank you so very much! Happy Easter and Happy Knitting!
 
Apr 7, 2012 20:42:03   #
mzmom1 (a regular here)
 
Quote:
I would like to view this site. It looks extraordinarily helpful. My Mom (89) is learning to knit. This would be such a help. Where do you find a translator? I am using Internet Explorer as a browser.


I don't use IE so I don't know for sure, but if you can find the extensions (under tools or options, maybe) you should be able to find and install a translator extension. If you will download and install Google's "Chrome" browser it will be easier.
Apr 7, 2012 20:43:41   #
mzmom1 (a regular here)
 
SylviaC wrote:
Wow, I bookmarked it and will get my son to help me set up a translator. The home page was all in English and some of links are already in English.
Thanks so much, I am going to have fun when I get set up. They have so many things that are different.


Sylvia, if you are seeing the home page in English you may already have a translator in your browser.
Apr 7, 2012 21:09:19   #
DragonWhoKnits
 
The best thing about Japanese patterns is that the same symbols are used in every pattern.. The same symbol will mean exactly the same stitch from Japanese pattern to Japanese pattern. Once you have the key to all the stitches, you can figure out any stitch pattern diagram. And once you know the symbols for their numbers and such, you can translate the garment patterns as well..

But the Japanese DO expect you to know how to knit fairly well.. For instance, you won't find anything that says: Sleeves.. Knit two.. They expect you to understand that you need to knit two sleeves, knowing you have two arms.

Enjoy this site!! I had posted it a few days ago when someone had a question about Japanese stitches.. The more people who find this site, the more happy knitters we'll have!!

:)

Nancy
Apr 7, 2012 22:25:27   #
MaryA
 
mzmom1 wrote:
http://www.tata-tatao.to/e-index.html - "The ABCs of Knitting"
This is a great website that I just found today, I didn't get much out of it at first because it is in Japanese. I was using the Safari browser today, so it didn't translate automatically like Chrome does. After I installed the translation extension and reopened the page it was like opening a treasure box! There is so much here! From knitting lessons for beginners to computer aided knitting design, most bases seem to be covered, including a chart of Japanese knitting symbols and an explanation of Japanese graphic patterns. Try it for yourself and see what you think---
http://www.tata-tatao.to/e-index.html - "The... (show quote)


Thank you for the link to this site! I have bookmarked it and will definitely be back! Bedtime here :_)
Apr 8, 2012 21:03:20   #
mzmom1 (a regular here)
 
DragonWhoKnits wrote:
The best thing about Japanese patterns is that the same symbols are used in every pattern.. The same symbol will mean exactly the same stitch from Japanese pattern to Japanese pattern. Once you have the key to all the stitches, you can figure out any stitch pattern diagram. And once you know the symbols for their numbers and such, you can translate the garment patterns as well..

But the Japanese DO expect you to know how to knit fairly well.. For instance, you won't find anything that says: Sleeves.. Knit two.. They expect you to understand that you need to knit two sleeves, knowing you have two arms.

Enjoy this site!! I had posted it a few days ago when someone had a question about Japanese stitches.. The more people who find this site, the more happy knitters we'll have!!

:)

Nancy
The best thing about Japanese patterns is that the... (show quote)


It's refreshing to see patterns from designers who actually give their customers credit for having some common sense, isn't it? I'm afraid we Americans have gotten too used to "dumbing down" everything to the lowest common denominator of intelligence level. We need to learn to think smart again.
Sorry I missed your post, I would have found this site sooner! Isn't it wonderful? I love the standardized symbols, it takes so much of the guesswork out of pattern reading.
 
Apr 8, 2012 21:19:17   #
SylviaC
 
mzmom1 wrote:
SylviaC wrote:
Wow, I bookmarked it and will get my son to help me set up a translator. The home page was all in English and some of links are already in English.
Thanks so much, I am going to have fun when I get set up. They have so many things that are different.


Sylvia, if you are seeing the home page in English you may already have a translator in your browser.


No I don't and when I clicked on the 'English' button it came up 'not found'. I had my son help me set up Google chrome and I am using that now. but it doesn't translate automatically so I may wait for him to come again to help me again.
I don't mind waiting as I have lots to do..:)
There are a few in English already and there is a section showing the characters for the charts and that is in English too.

After the wedding in August, I will take the time to study this site. I think it will be fun but I have too much to do right now.
Apr 8, 2012 21:19:48   #
SylviaC
 
mzmom1 wrote:
SylviaC wrote:
Wow, I bookmarked it and will get my son to help me set up a translator. The home page was all in English and some of links are already in English.
Thanks so much, I am going to have fun when I get set up. They have so many things that are different.


Sylvia, if you are seeing the home page in English you may already have a translator in your browser.


No I don't and when I clicked on the 'English' button it came up 'not found'. I had my son help me set up Google chrome and I am using that now. But it doesn't translate automatically so I may wait for him to come again to help me again.
I don't mind waiting as I have lots to do..:)
There are a few things in English already and there is a section showing the characters for the charts and that is in English too.

After the wedding in August, I will take the time to study this site. I think it will be fun but I have too much to do right now.
Apr 8, 2012 21:29:16   #
mzmom1 (a regular here)
 
SylviaC wrote:
mzmom1 wrote:
SylviaC wrote:
Wow, I bookmarked it and will get my son to help me set up a translator. The home page was all in English and some of links are already in English.
Thanks so much, I am going to have fun when I get set up. They have so many things that are different.


Sylvia, if you are seeing the home page in English you may already have a translator in your browser.


No I don't and when I clicked on the 'English' button it came up 'not found'. I had my son help me set up Google chrome and I am using that now. but it doesn't translate automatically so I may wait for him to come again to help me again.
I don't mind waiting as I have lots to do..:)
There are a few in English already and there is a section showing the characters for the charts and that is in English too.

After the wedding in August, I will take the time to study this site. I think it will be fun but I have too much to do right now.
quote=mzmom1 quote=SylviaC Wow, I bookmarked it ... (show quote)


Sylvia, in my Chrome whenever a page comes up in a foreign language a bar appears at the top of the page asking if you want Chrome to translate it and you just click yes or no, that's what I meant by automatic---probably a poor choice of words, my bad. Sorry.
I have had Chrome so long that I can't remember if I had to install a plugin to get translations going, or if it was just in there from the start.
Apr 9, 2012 12:08:00   #
SylviaC
 
I will check it out mzmom1
Thanks.

No translation choice that I can see so I am going to wait and play around when I have time. There are still a lot that are already translated so I am happy for now.
Thanks, Sylvia
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