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Many knitters dread finding the phrases “at the same time,” “reverse all shaping,” and “continue in pattern” in their pattern instructions—and with good reason.
“At the same time” entails simultaneously juggling two sets of instructions, such as for armhole shaping and V-neck shaping.
“Reverse all shaping” usually means having to figure out how to make a cardigan’s right front from instructions for its left front.
“Continue in pattern” gets tricky when stitches are lost to armhole or neck shaping, or added with sleeve shaping, and what’s the best way of maintaining a stitch pattern when the number of stitches keeps changing?
The answer to all these conundrums is to chart out the instructions for your garment pieces.
Precisely plan the shaping of each piece as you draw the outline of its chart—this lets you concentrate on each set of instructions in turn, and lets you see how to flip one piece to create its mirror image.
Then fill in that outline with patterning—this lets you adjust the patterning to suit the changing stitch count, before you ever have to pick up yarn and needles.
Step by step, JC Briar guides you through the process of charting your garments in this knitting webinar, showing how a good chart really is a picture of knitted fabric. Her numerous examples illustrate how to turn shaping instructions into the shape of a chart, interpreting and fine-tuning ambiguous instructions as necessary. And she’ll teach you options for tweaking stitch patterns, from omitting partial motifs to rejiggering the yarn over/decrease pairs in lace.
If you're a knitter looking to tackle more complex garment patterns, prefer clear and unambiguous instructions, appreciate advanced planning in your knitwear, and want to enjoy knitting without having to concentrate on too many things at once, this webinar is perfect for you!
Join JC Briar on this knitting webinar all about charting your knitted pieces!
A self-confessed “technique freak” and “skill junkie,” JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables, or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye. She shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops and fiber festivals, and through her book Charts Made Simple. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.
Charting was explained in detail with solutions for unusual situations.
(Posted on 12/4/13)
Well presented, and well received. I would highly recommend it.
(Posted on 12/3/13)