A chart is like a map, but for knitting. It gives you both a bird's-eye view of your project and the step-by-step directions to get there. Charts make knitting complicated projects easier.

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Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Intuitive Chart-Reading

Knit Symbols workshop with Cookie A squareBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Charts, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts / March 8, 2011 / No Comments

Guest blogger Alex Capshaw-Taylor attended world-famous sock-designer Cookie A.’s workshop, and, in a three-part guest blog series, shares with us her biggest takeaways. Here, what she learned about intuitively reading knitting charts.

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Charts Abbreviations

RS – Right Side
WS – Wrong Side


Standard Chart Symbols

knit symbol K on RS 1 K on RS, P on WS
knit symbol P on RS P on RS, K on WS
knit symbol yo Yarn over YO on RS
knit symbol K2tog on RS K2tog on RS, P2tog on WS
knit symbol SSK on RS SSK on RS, SSP on WS

See full list of chart symbols on CraftYarnCouncil.com


Cable Chart Symbols

knit symbol cable C3L  C3L: Cable 3 Left – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front. K1. K2 from cn.
knit symbol cable C3L  C3L: Cable 3 Left
knit symbol cable C3R  C3R: Cable 3 Right – Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back. K2. K1 from cn.
knit symbol cable C3R  C3R: Cable 3 Right
C4L Cable Symbol 1  C4L: Cable 4 Left – Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold to front. K2. K2 from cn.
C4L Cable Symbol 1  C4L: Cable 4 Left
C4R Cable Symbol 1  C4R: Cable 4 Right – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back. K2. K2 from cn.
C4R Cable Symbol 1  C4R: Cable 4 Right
T3L Cable Symbol 2  T3L: Twist 3 Left – Sl next 2 sts onto cn and hold to front. P1. K2 from cn.
T3L Cable Symbol 2  T3L: Twist 3 Left
T3R Cable Symbol 2  T3R: Twist 3 Right – Sl next st onto cn and hold to back. K2. P1 from cn.
T3R Cable Symbol 2  T3R: Twist 3 Right
knit symbol cable T4L  T4L: Twist 4 Left – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front. P2. K2 from cn.
knit symbol cable T4L  T4L: Twist 4 Left
knit symbol cable T4R  T4R: Twist 4 Right – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back. K2. P2 from cn.
knit symbol cable T4R  T4R: Twist 4 Right

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