How did we all do with clue #1? Here’s what your afghan blocks from pattern clue #1 should look like:
NOTE: Though the block above looks fairly square, it will stretch to 10 in by 8 in when seamed into the afghan. Don’t fret if your block doesn’t measure exactly right! This stitch particular pattern has quite a lot of stretch and the stretch was factored into the final design.
And without further ado, clue number 2!
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First I’d like to give a big thanks to all those who have answered the questions of fellow knit-alongers! Are you guys the best, or what? The Bernat team and I have tried out best to answer your queries and take all of your comments into consideration. Many people requested that charts should be placed on a separate page so as not to spoil the surprise of the look of the pattern. You asked – we listened!
This KAL is for you and we want to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We have also expanded and will continue to expand our Mystery Afghan FAQ section (link is in the blog sidebar at the top right of your screen). Don’t forget to check the FAQ first if you’ve got a burning question!
Now that we have separated our charts from our written instructions, let’s take a closer look at ‘em shall we? How do these chart things work anyway?
CHART CHAT or HOW TO READ A KNITTING CHART
Knitting charts are a visual representation of your pattern instructions. Each stitch in the chart is represented by a box and each of these boxes contain an instructional symbol.
Here’s the chart from clue #1:
Say, that looks an awful lot like the pattern we just knit, doesn’t it? That’s part of the beauty of charts! Some people (and I’m one of them!) find charts easier to follow than written instructions because it looks like what you are knitting. (Of course, if you want to keep your KAL afghan a complete mystery – avert your eyes from the charts!)
So how do we follow this ‘visual representation’? First of all, you’re going to need a key to unlock this puppy:
That’s better! The “key” tells you what all those little marks in the squares mean. While most charts tend to use the same basic symbols, there is no standard and you should always check the key to see what the symbols in your pattern represent before you start knitting. Before long, you’ll find you will memorize the symbols and won’t need to keep referring to the key. This particular chart uses only two symbols – easy-peasy!
But wait! Knit on RS rows, Purl on WS rows? What’s up with that? Unless otherwise noted, knitting charts always represent the RIGHT SIDE of your work. This is where a lot of people run into trouble. You must remember that the symbols on your chart represent different instructions depending on if you are on a right side row or wrong side row. How do you know if you’re on a right side or wrong side row? The first row of your chart is usually the RS (again, unless otherwise noted). Try marking that right side with a safety pin to help you remember where you’re at.
So now that we know what we’re looking at, where do we start at? Unless otherwise noted, charts are read bottom to top, right to left on RIGHT SIDE rows, and left to right on WRONG SIDE rows. The numbers at the side of the chart tell you which row your are on. If we look at our chart above, the number one is at the bottom right hand side of the chart, so that’s where we start!
Quite often charts only represent a small portion of your final project, such as a pattern repeat. When following written instructions, repeated sections are either noted between asterisks or placed in brackets. When following a chart, the section to be repeated is often outlined with a thick or colored border. Our chart from clue #1 represents the whole width of our knitted block, therefore, does not include a border to note the repeat. There IS however a repeat in the pattern and it could have been noted like in the picture above.
The best way to learn to read charts? Give it a try! Stay tuned for Bernat Mystery Afghan KAL Clue #3 November 18th.