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The Number One Reason to Learn to Read Knitting Charts

Liat Gat - Founder

September 1, 2021

At its best, knitting from charts is everything you'd want knitting to be: enjoyable, easy but not boring, challenging but not hard, both stimulating and relaxing. In a word, charts are FUN. So why do they seem so hard?

Did you know that five of the top 10 patterns popular on Ravelry right now are charted patterns?

And that one-third of all Ravelry patterns are charted? That’s over 200,000 patterns, and they are some of the most interesting, enjoyable patterns you will ever knit.

Feast Your Eyes: The Top 5 Ravelry Patterns Featuring Charts

Flicker & Flame Charted Fair-Isle Hat by Andrea Mowry Love Note Charted Lace Sweater by Tin Can Knits Gnot Just Another Gnome Charted Cabled Gnome by Sarah Schira Ebil Choices Charted Cble Socks by Sabrina Nesslinger All The B's Charted Beaded Bobbles Bumps Brioche Socks by KnitJoyz

But the real goods?

The Number One Reason to Learn to Read Knitting Charts

Beyond being able to knit any pattern out there, the best-kept secret amongst experienced knitters is: Charts are FUN!

At its best, knitting from charts is everything you’d want it to be: enjoyable, relaxing, challenging, stimulating… basically like driving down the road with the wind in your hair. It’s the best.

Why Charts Seem Hard

Knitting from charts isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, getting started with charts can be overwhelming. Each pattern you try seems to be an exception to the rule, and designers seem to make up their own symbols, forget to tell you what to do on the wrong side of your work, and don’t tell you how to read the chart for different sizes of garment.

Pre-Order Charts Demystified for $1That’s why we set up for you an indestructible knowledge of charts in our beginner-to-advanced, in-depth upcoming charts course, Charts Demystified.

You’ll learn what to look at on your chart in order to size up potential pitfalls, how to plan each row so that you won’t forget what to do, and how to catch and fix any mistakes as soon as they happen.

Never be confused by a chart again. Pre-order Charts Demystified for $1 today and get 30% off when we launch on September 15th, 2021.

Get Support and Encouragement As You Learn to Read Charts

Good news! We will be doing a 15-week knitalong to support and accompany you in your journey to demystify charts.

Get extra support and work as a group in our upcoming knitalongEach week I will send you a special email walking you through each next step of the class, starting with tools and materials and progressing through each of the 12 knit swatches, one each week.

You’ll be watching a 20-to-45-minute video each week walking you through the swatch and helping you practice lots of knitting mistakes. And we’ll be here to answer your questions about the techniques we teach in the videos and anything else you want to ask.

You can post photos of your finished swatches, ask any questions, and talk about anything that comes up for you related to charts, whether it’s specific to the class or not.

This knitalong is available to a LIMITED number of students so that we can give everyone our full attention. We will make it available, along with the Charts class, on September 15th, 2021.

Reserve your spot for $1 here.

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Have any reservations about learning to knit from charts? Have you heard or thought anything to discourage you? Or do you feel confident and ready to take on this next step? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Dear Liat,
    I consider myself an intermediate to advanced knitter…I’m pretty comfortable with fixing mistakes (or at least I kinda fake my way through it) and I’ve knitted many and various types of projects with various needle and yarn sizes. Nonetheless, I learned SO MUCH from your charts course videos!
    Because of your chart videos, I found myself approaching the lace shawl I started just prior to the course with 100% more confidence and enthusiasm! Before the course, I could follow a chart square-by-square but didn’t thoroughly understand how it related to the overall pattern…nor how it could help me to read my knitting and fix my errors. In addition, your little (tangential) tidbits, like counting rows, coming up with a pneumonic for the repeats, and watching you make non-purposeful errors then listening to how you then dealt with them, proved to be so very useful. Those alone were worth the $ for the course!
    The only constructive criticism I would offer is that it would be helpful to sometimes use a thinner (and or more slippery) yarn, as mistakes aren’t quite as easily fixed with less bulky/sticky yarn. I understand that the bulkier yarns tend to be seen better on video, but they don’t always reflect reality.
    Anyway, I honestly didn’t think that I would learn as much as I did and I so appreciate your time and effort in putting the videos together. Time to go knit now! :-)

    1. Skye Jameson - Knitting Expert

      Hi Debra,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write and share! We are so glad you like the Charts class and found it helpful. It is great to hear that you have confidence in your knitting after taking part in the class. If possible, would you send us a picture of your lace shawl when it is finished? We all would love to see it.
      Thank you again. Your words are very much appreciated.


  2. Is it too late to pre order the Charts KAL? I have tried to order it but it has been awhile since I have been on the web site and seems like things have changed somewhat (but them I am not very computer literate so I am sure it is just me). However I am a lifetime member and already have the class in My Classes according to one of the e-mails I got but it mentioned a $1 pre order for the KAl. When I got to the order page it took all my information but it had $2 for 2 instead of the $1 so just wondering if I was being charged for 2. But anyhow my computer froze up and wouldn’t do anything else so maybe it is too late. I don’t think the order went thru but it had all of my information.

    1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hi Peggy,

      Thanks for your interest in the KAL!

      No, it is not too late to pre-order to KAL, I am sending you an email in order to assist you.


    1. Skye Jameson - Knitting Expert

      Hi Benita,
      Thanks for writing! The course covers intarsia, fair isle, and the duplicate stitch, but if you want to go further and design your own charts on flowers and animals, there is a great book by Betty Barnden called Picture Knits. It includes over 50 designs of flowers, animals, birds and includes easy projects to add your designs. Here is the link:

  3. What will the actual course cost??
    One dollar certainly isn’t much to reserve a spot, but I’d like to know what I’m getting into…
    Could you disclose the total cost, please?


    1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hi Marilyn,

      Thanks for your question!

      The initial price of the class is $63.99.
      If you pre-order, it comes out to under $45, which is an amazing price for over 7 hours of video.

      Have a great weekend,

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