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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Fair-Isle Bag – Learn to Read a Chart

Fair-Isle Bag – Learn to Read a Chart
Fair-Isle Bag – Learn to Read a Chart


How to Read a Cable Chart

How to Read a Cable Chart
How to Read a Cable Chart


Double-Knit Scarf – How to Read a Chart

Double-Knit Scarf – How to Read a Chart
Double-Knit Scarf – How to Read a Chart



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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Guest Blog Post: KnitCompanion: A Great App for Following Charts

Knit Companion LogoBy Sally Holt – Creator of knitCompanion / Charts, Guest Posts, Recommended Resources / November 28, 2020 / No Comments

We are thrilled to have Sally Holt with us as a guest blogger to tell us about her amazing app knitCompanion – a sophisticated, portable tool that allows you to keep track of where you are in your pattern as you knit. It also features voice controls, chart recognition, and the ability to play KnitFreedom videos from within the app.

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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

See full list of cable symbols on CraftYarnCouncil.com


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Demonstration of knitCompanion Knitting Pattern App

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Demonstration of knitCompanion Knitting Pattern App
Demonstration of knitCompanion Knitting Pattern App

We are thrilled to have knitCompanion creator Sally Holt here to tell you about her amazing app! In this demonstration video, she will take you through the main features of this sophisticated tool using a pattern from KnitFreedom as her example.


Fair-Isle Bag – Learn to Read a Chart

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Fair-Isle Bag – Learn to Read a Chart
Fair-Isle Bag – Learn to Read a Chart


How to Read a Cable Chart

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How to Read a Cable Chart
How to Read a Cable Chart


Double-Knit Scarf – How to Read a Chart

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Double-Knit Scarf – How to Read a Chart
Double-Knit Scarf – How to Read a Chart


Advanced Mosaic Knitting – Mosaic Charts

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Recommended App: knitCompanion by Create 2 Thrive

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KnitCompanion is a pattern-tracking app for knitters and fiber artists, which is designed to help you keep track of where you are in the pattern as you knit.

Even if you put your knitting down mid-row, the app can mark precisely the point where you stopped.

KnitCompanion also helps you keep important reference material at your fingertips. You can easily pull up the key while you’re knitting, even if it’s on a different page, and you can flip pages of the pattern within the app without ever losing your place.

You can even link your favorite video tutorials for tricky stitches right into the app, so you can watch them in the app while you work the stitch!

Buy knitCompanion online


Recommended Book: A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker

Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Barbara Walker is the most creative mind of the century when it comes to inventing stitch patterns and designs.

Any of her four Knitting Pattern Treasuries are a worthwhile investment for when you are designing something on your own.

Buy A Treasury of Knitting Patterns online


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