I have just started (for the second time) a project that requires reading a chart as opposed to reading the actual pattern written out as stitched. I keep making mistakes in the main pattern design from the chart. Did I mention that this my first time knitting from a chart? I know that I start at the bottom of the chart at the bottom right and work my way across and then read the chart "backwards" for the next row, but I still keep messing up! I understand and know how to work all of the stitches, but I keep getting "lost in the blocks", so to say!
I say that I have started for the second time because I made a really stupid mistake and was my fault (cabled back instead of front)!!
The pattern I am working is the "Menorah Pillow" from "Handknit Holidays". It calls for a Provisional (Crochet Chain) Cast On and I thought that would be my problem, but my partner crochets and I had him make my chain to start.
I am sure you are thinking that I have plenty of time to get this right and finish before Hanukkah, but no! I am attempting to make this for a dear friend who, on the day I started this, almost died on us! She is in ICU with a severe urinary tract infection that went septic! So, time is of the essence!!
Sorry for the long diatribe! I need advice on following a chart without getting lost! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!