It’s all About the Pretty Pictures

26 Jun

Who doesn’t love a good movie, book with maps/diagrams and a photography coffee book? Well, I’ve become a lover of chart only patterns. Shocking, I know! When I first looked at knitting patterns, written and charts, and freaked out. How could I EVER decipher the code, knit, remember the code and make it look like the one picture to gauge if I’m making a pot holder or shrug?! It was stressful, but scarves in garter and purl got old REAL quick. I plunged into the written and got the hang of it quickly.

Chart vs. Word -either way looks awesome

For a while, it was word only patterns, then I dabbled in word and charts and only looked at the words. Entering the world of lace, I soon realized that the charts helped me see if I was knitting the pattern correctly, or screwing it up. “Well, what a helpful aid, I shall check it once in a while to ensure I’m not making a crooked tangle of yo’s.” But building my game to intermediate/advance lace, the patterns get complicated and sometimes are only charts. I was stressed out, it looked way overwhelming, couldn’t it just tell me in words? I got through it and my Springtime Bandit series took you through that journey. Next lace project I settled back into a 16 row lace pattern for a scarf, word only. And I have to say, I’m annoyed. I find I make more mistakes with word only then with chart. I determined it’s because it’s easier to fumble up the line/knit word you’re on than the rows. You can highlight the row, easier, you can see what it’s supposed to look like faster, you can even count cheat (where you just do, not worry about the exact number because you know the pattern visually).

I now prefer the pictures, the words are a helpful aid. It’s sort of funny how we evolve as children – hating peanut butter as a child, then craving it as an adult – and as “big people” even in the little parts of our lives. Check this out:

My road map to glory

This looks SO scary but it excites me! I think I might be an adrenaline junkie – maybe that’s what this really is all about. I see this crazy set of four charts and I can’t wait to tackle it. I feel like a conquerer having a battle map and I know that from my plan of attack, lace victory will be MINE!!!!! *Looks around, hears crickets* No? Anyone? The lady in the back! YES! Someone gets me!

Back to simultaneous lace project knitting,
-Stacy

2 Responses to “It’s all About the Pretty Pictures”

  1. Nancy Burk June 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM #

    “Road Map to Glory!” Love it!! this is the year that I push myself to improve my knitting including charts, and ……drum roll……..cables! You can’t win if you don’t play…….Thanks for the great articles. We had Knit In Public Day a couple weeks ago at the Brochstein and I’m about to FINISH my first sweater!

    • theyarnfix June 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM #

      WHAT?! Look at my little “road” warrior! I still have my first sweater as a WIP, I started loosing it around the cuff of the second sleeve. Go you!

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