How to Design Your Own Knitting Charts

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How to Design Your Own Knitting Charts
At least two different colours of yarn are necessary for any intarsia knitting chart (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Knitting charts are used for intarsia, fair isle knitting, or even for lace and cable patterns. Knitting charts are basically a visual knitting pattern. Designing your own knitting chart is not difficult and is actually fun. Whether you want to reinvent a traditional Fair Isle pattern or knit a sweater with a skull and crossbones, the possibilities are endless when you can design your own knitting chart.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Knitting graph paper
  • Eraser
  • Calculator
  • Coloured pencils or markers (optional)
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles

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Instructions

    Designing a Knitting Chart.

  1. 1

    Knit a 4-inch by 4-inch gauge swatch with the main colour yarn and needles you plan to use to knit the chart.

  2. 2

    Count the number of stitches across and rows down in the gauge swatch. Write these numbers down for later use.

  3. 3

    Go online to find, download and print knitting graph paper. Creating a chart on knitting graph paper is easier because it uses rectangles to depict stitches. Some web sites provide a custom knitting graph paper generator. Simply enter the stitch and row numbers from your gauge swatch and it will create a sheet of graph paper for customised to your chart. Other sites give a less custom, however, equally adequate version of knitting graph paper.

  4. 4

    Draw your design onto the graph paper. Every rectangle on the graph paper represents a stitch. Use a pencil to outline your design.

  5. 5

    Using coloured pencils, fill in the rectangles with the coloured pencil that matches the colour of the yarn you will be using for that stitch. If you are designing a cable chart or lace chart, fill in the square with the symbol of the type of stitch used.

  6. 6

    Cast on the number of stitches your chart calls for and begin knitting your chart design.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use regular graph paper to make your knitting chart. However, because of the size of the boxes, your knitted version of the chart may come out a different size than originally anticipated.
  • Beginning knitting chart designers should start out with an easy project, such as a blanket or a washcloth.
  • Check your gauge before attempting to design a knitting chart.

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