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Learn how knitting charts can be a 'game changer' when it comes to reading a knitting pattern!

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Why Use a Knitting Chart?

Knitting charts let the knitter know immediately what kind of stitches are going to be involved in the project, how the repeat sections fit together and how the stitches relate to each other to form the pattern. The difference between written and charted instructions is that written instructions will tell you how to knit the pattern, and the charts will show you.

In this workshop we will look at the benefits of learning to read a knitting chart. You will learn:

  • How knitting charts are used for colourwork and lacework
  • The most commonly used chart symbols and what they mean
  • How to work repeat sections
  • How you can use a chart to 'read' your knitting
  • How charts can quickly help you spot any errors and avoid potential mistakes
  • How you can use a chart as a reference against the written instructions

A basic understanding of knitting and reading patterns is required for this class. You will need to know how to work the following stitches for the chart reading exercise in the class:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Yarnover
  • k2tog (knit 2 together)
  • ssk (slip slip knit)
  • k3tog (knit 3 together)

At the end of the class you will also receive a copy of the Dappled Days shawl pattern which you can use to put your new chart reading skills into practice!

Dappled Days is a top-down triangular shawl designed with the new chart and / or lace knitter in mind and it includes lots of handy hints and tips for working from charts.

Knitted using 2 skeins of Double Knit yarn, each lace section of the shawl builds on the skills used in the previous chart.

As you work through the charts you will progress from a simple 6 stitch repeat pattern to using varied stitch counts to create the wavy border shaping. Between each lace section is a stripe of garter stitch, which gives you a nice break of easy knitting before starting the next section.

So join me for this class and find out how learning to read knitting charts can be a game changer for your future projects!

Here's what previous students had to say about this class:

"Jem is a wonderful teacher - she explains everything so well and her passion and enthusiasm for knitting shines through. I am so looking forward to the next class she teaches. Thank you for an excellent lesson, I feel far more confident now to use knitting charts and am excited to try the beautiful pattern that is given to all students after the class."

"Jemma gave a clear, easy to understand description of the chart symbols. This changed my mindset completely from thinking charts were a huge incomprehensible mystery to realising that they are actually intuitive and incredibly useful. Thank you Jemma. I am looking forward to tackling my next project with a chart"

"After using a really badly written chart nearly put me off using charts for life, Jem really helped to de-mystify reading knitting charts and demonstrated how easily they can be read and interpreted. Jem's presentation style is relaxed and friendly and she made use of some good clear slides to illustrate the subject"


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Organizer Jem Arrowsmith - Under the Olive Tree Knits

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Hi, I'm Jem Arrowsmith, Knitting Designer, Yarn Dyer and owner of Under the Olive Tree Knits, an online knitting website for patterns, yarns, knitting kits, tools and accessories.

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