Charts are a simple way to convey knitting directions while providing the knitter a visual representation of the finished design. Charts are read from bottom to top moving right to left on right side rows and left to right on wrong side rows. It is important to note that a chart shows the stitches as they appear from the right side of the fabric. In a flat knitting chart, the symbols will stand for one stitch on the right side row and another on the wrong side row. A flat knitting chart will have the row numbers on both the left hand and right hand side of the chart. In circular knitting (in the round), all row numbers are on the right hand side of the chart. An added bonus to using charts in circular knitting is that the symbols don’t need to be reversed since the work is never turned.

Confused? Let me walk you through chart reading step by step in this video. Reading both flat and circular knitting charts are demonstrated.

12 thoughts on “Charts

  1. No such thing as a stupid question! You are absolutely right. You know more than you think:). Keep up the good work and happy knitting!

  2. Hi I’m working on the building blocks
    I’m working on the chart, do I work each row 4 times ? And work all rows
    of the chart 7 times can you explain
    I am sorry for sounding stupid I’m a little better than a beginner
    Thank you for you help

  3. Hello,
    I bought your wonderful book, Building Blocks, and am on to square number two, reading charts. The question I have is about reading. So, the first row goes: k1, p8,k1. When you are then to repeat until the end of the row, does that mean you revert back to that first k? In other words, would I have two knit stitches?

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  5. Let’s see if I can help with your questions:
    K1b – generally refers to knit one below. Look for the abbreviation key in your pattern to be sure. See Knit One Below Video
    When knitting flat with circular needles, you will need to turn your work at the end of each row to work the stitches on the other side.
    C6F – is most likely a cable stitch. Slip 3 sts to a cable needle and hold in the front of the work, knit 3 and then knit the 3 stitches on the cable needle. See Cables Video
    P2TOGTBL – is purl 2 stitches together through the back loop. See Video
    Sorry I can’t be of much help with your chart problem without seeing it in front of me.

  6. Help! I’m a new self-taught learner. I can knit and purl and understand alot of the terms of knitting. I am now wanting to learn to do afgans and do baby things. and have just now atempted to learn to do charts. Only things I do not understand what is k1b is. also I use cirruclar needles so does this mean at the end of the row i turn the material around? I have only made scarves and dishcloths so I hope that this is not a dumb question. and what is C6F & P2TOGTBL( I know part of that is purl two together but what is BL?) And lastly the chart says:For RS ROWS: Start A, work to D,Rep between B & D once, ending between D & F. (Only thing is E is part of F and F is going the wrong side of fabric. Im confused shouldn’t I end with E? For the WS Rows: Start at F,work to C, rep betwen E and C once, ending between C
    & A.(Again B would be the ending not A for A goes the other way.) questions questions I hope you don’t mind sooo many this time.

    Thank you!

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