Simply Knitting - - Ask The Experts - Faye

Q Some of the ca­ble pat­terns I want to knit only have charts and not writ­ten in­struc­tions. I’m used to read­ing words, so how do I work from a chart?

Cheryl, York­shire

It may seem daunt­ing, but once you’ve got the hang of them, charts will prove their worth as aids for sim­pli­fy­ing your knit­ting. The chart’s key will show you which sym­bol rep­re­sents each stitch. In the ex­am­ple be­low C4B is shown by the sym­bol / /. In the chart, each square rep­re­sents a stitch, so, read­ing from right to left for RS rows and left to right for WS rows, count the num­ber of stitches be­fore you get to a sym­bol that tells you when to work a ca­ble. In the pat­tern be­low, those chunkier ca­bles are worked ei­ther side of a larger, thin­ner ca­ble on a purl back­ground.

Charts give a good vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the twist­ing ca­bles

This el­e­gant ca­bled cardi­gan ap­peared in The Knit­ter is­sue 100, de­signed by Martin Storey

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