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Apr 13, 2013 01:46:44   #
Julie888
 
Do you prefer using charts or having the instructions written out?

I'm currently making an aran knit sweater which has charts for each pattern being used.

I have been knitting for years and found that I was getting confused with the symbols in the charts.

After examining each chart, I converted each chart to written instructions (e.g. K2, C4B, K2, p2, T2L, etc.) instead of the symbols.

Does anyone else have to the need to do this?
 
Apr 13, 2013 01:54:19   #
Patty Sutter (a regular here)
 
Absolutely! The only charts that make sense to me are the intarsia, where the stitches are all the same and the chart shows color changes. A Lacey pattern, for example, needs to be written out for me to 'get it'
Apr 13, 2013 01:55:49   #
rosmu52
 
I prefer written instructions. Charts are often too small, I need a magnifying glass to see the symbols. For me it's a loss of time!
Apr 13, 2013 01:57:40   #
Rhonda-may
 
I only use written instructions the charts are too hard to follow.
Apr 13, 2013 02:02:54   #
MalleeGirl
 
Written instructions for me too. :-D
Apr 13, 2013 02:09:12   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
I did just the opposite when I wanted to make a knitting bag with a half-dozen different cable patterns. All the stitch patterns were written out. None had the same number of rows in the pattern repeat. I went crazy trying to keep track of where I was! So, I made a half-assed chart as many blocks long as it took for all of the cables' repeat patterns to end on the same line. That was the hardest part of the project; the actual knitting went smoothly thereafter.
 
Apr 13, 2013 02:28:33   #
CTSDSS5
 
I much prefer written out instructions. Your idea to write out the chart directions is genius! I will be using it in the future!
Apr 13, 2013 02:29:56   #
Kissnntell
 
altho i've never used a chart for cables, Erica's will b the first try on that, i've used them from the 1st job i did for color changes
much easier as i can see what i'm doing
never did like them for crochet
Apr 13, 2013 02:34:39   #
Hilary Olive
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
I did just the opposite when I wanted to make a knitting bag with a half-dozen different cable patterns. All the stitch patterns were written out. None had the same number of rows in the pattern repeat. I went crazy trying to keep track of where I was! So, I made a half-assed chart as many blocks long as it took for all of the cables' repeat patterns to end on the same line. That was the hardest part of the project; the actual knitting went smoothly thereafter.


I am in agreeance with you. I turn my written instructions into charts. I can see at a glance what comes next. I also have aran patterns for jumpers that have different blocks of patterns across the front, and each block has a different set of row in the pattern repeats. As a teenager I used to hand write my charts in the 50's now the computer makes it so much easier.

As for charts being so small, I use a photocopier to enlarge my charts, or run them through the the flatbed scanner. I find using a photocopy saves the books.

Russian ladies used charts instead of written instructions and their charts were very minimal.

Some people tell me that they cannot understand the symbols and what they mean, but we use symbols in every day life. We can recognise a stop sign by its shape, we do not have to see the words 'stop' written on it, similarly with no right or left turn signs. It is the same with the symbols in the charts. We glance at the symbols and know immediately that they stand for k2tog, yo, etc.
Apr 13, 2013 02:35:03   #
suzy-kate (a regular here)
 
Depends, charts are often quicker to follow for cables etc. But, as soon as you put increases in the pattern where the actual pattern is (not at each end) I either have to write it out or place notes on the pattern.
This is probably because the last few patterns I've had have all used different ways to increase/decrease and all had different symbols, confusing!!

Charts are also easier if you're going to adapt or make up a new pattern, say for adjusting the length of a sleeve but keeping pattern and shape correct.
Apr 13, 2013 03:15:00   #
Chrissy (a regular here)
 
Give it to me written out 'properly' over charts any day!
 
Apr 13, 2013 03:35:08   #
llamama1
 
Written charts.
Apr 13, 2013 04:02:57   #
Glennis
 
I prefer the written instructions.
I use a pencil as I go so I know where I am.
Apr 13, 2013 05:44:50   #
judyh47
 
I like charts for fair-isle and for lace, but prefer written for cables. Takes all sorts!
Apr 13, 2013 07:44:43   #
trish2222
 
I prefer charts - you can see how the pattern is formed.
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