Reading charts in Shetland lace is the same as reading modern lace charts, with the exception that wrong-side rows are always knit unless otherwise noted. Charts should be read from right to left for right-side rows and left to right for wrong-side rows. Each square on the chart represents one action—that is, one square equals one completed stitch. A circle represents a yarn over, whereas a left-leaning line represents a left-leaning decrease.
The following charts show the same pattern, a simple lace stitch, in two different presentations. The first is a modern lace chart where the right-side rows are knit and the wrong-side rows are purled. This is what most knitters are accustomed to seeing where there is no patterning on the wrong side.