Thought I would step out of my comfort zone and try some fun cabling.
Color coding the patterns seems like a wise thing to do. Time will tell.
I just purchased a book entitled "Charts Made Simple" by JC Briar as I
hope to teach myself how to use them properly.
The hat is beautiful. Hats are one of my favorite small items to knit. I hope
you post a pic of the finished item :)
I just discovered that I misread one of the symbols and colored it the
wrong color. I really dislike dyslexia! But, thankfully, no one I have shown
it to can see any errors, so I'm not going to share what I did wrong. :) It
is turning out very well. I will be posting it when I get it done.
I recently started my first charted project.. very simple charts though --
nothing like this hat. So far I prefer written instructions. I'm still not
used to the fact that the stitch notations mean the opposite thing depending
on whether you're knitting on the right or wrong side. That seems crazy.
After my first six months of knitting I made an afghan that was from
charts. The thing I find curious about back-and-forth knitting is that you
read the chart in one direction on the odd rows, then the other direction on
the even rows, and if knit is green and purl is white on the odd rows, then
purls are green and knits are white on the even rows. I had to stop and
really think about each row. It was especially important because the piece
was so big. If I had gotten it wrong and repeated that error multiple times
across the afghan, it would have stuck out like a sore thumb.
Here's how it turned out:
If you are ever tempted to try it, you can get it in the book The
Knitting Man(ual) 20 + Projects for Guys
by Kristin Spurkland
The book is really inexpensive now but hardcover and beautifully done.
Here's the link to the book on Amazon.com
Looking forward to seeing the finished hat.
Great idea. As a slightly dyslexic left-hander, I had trouble with charts
- at first. Now, luckily, I often prefer them. Still, upon occasion, I have
to puzzle things out for them to make sense. Color coding would be a great
way to help figure the chart out.
One of my better investments in the fiber arts...Crayola colored
I can kind of see what's going on here, but not really. I was wondering if
you'd mind going into more detail about how you arrived at that chart as well
as how to read it. I SO MUCH PREFER charts to written instructions. That's
true for me with both knitting and crochet. Once I understand how a chart is
to be read, I find it MUCH easier to work from than verbal instructions.
Please feel free to go on at great length. I'd love to know how to do
Please don't think that I made this design or this chart. It's WAY beyond
my mindset at this point in my knitting. There is a legend in the pattern. I
have attached it as a file to my previous post...just under the photo.
You can get the pattern for free here:
Oops! (blush) Totally misunderstood that. Looks like an awesome hat to
make, though. I'm looking forward to seeing it when you're done.
I got to the 12th row of the pattern and noticed a mistake several rows
back and didn't feel like unknitting it, so I ripped it all out and have
begun again. I'm back to row 9 now after the 1.25" ribbing rows. It's a
tedious pattern...very fiddly...but that's the learning curve, I suspect.
Hopefully, I'll finish it. The cable pattern is only 29 rows, but it's five
times around, so there's plenty of opportunity to make mistakes.
That's a marvelous idea! I've always had trouble reading charts, this
might make it easier!! THANKS
My mind really dislikes charts, especially ones like this one...just too
many lines going every which way. I have dyslexia, so I prefer words as well.
The colors, however, translate well in my head, so I may not have to write
this all out.
Makes sense to me.
color coding, why are the brilliant ideas so simple in hindsight?
Beautiful pattern can't wait to see the finished piece,.
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