Read­ing Charts

Creative Knitting - - LIVING ON THE EDGE -

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.

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