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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

How to read Colour Charts (inc. Decreases)

  1. Kathy says: 11 May 20161:19 am

    Thank you so much for this really great tutorial! I have been looking for information on how to read a tam wheel chart for ages and ages!

  2. Kathy says: 27 January 20177:17 am

    Hi There. Thanks for the explanation on how to read these charts! Quick question here if you get some free time. When I follow your row by row directions, based on the number of stitches you say to knit, there are no “squares” on the chart available to slip. In general, do you slip the last 2 stitches on the left side of the chart on a decrease row, then knit 1 from the column, pass the 2 slipped stitches over, then continue until you finish that round? Thanks so much!

    • Jess says: 27 January 201710:44 am

      Hi Kathy, yes that’s right! Every time a square disappears, this is where you work the decrease. So, slip 2 stitches, knit 1 from the column, pass slipped stitches over. The squares in the chart are literally just the knit stitches. I hope that makes sense :) happy knitting!

  3. Frances thomas says: 16 July 20174:23 pm

    I am knitting my first fair isle pattern with circular yolk. On the patten it has given me a chart which I have to repeat 10 times around the yolk. The chart starts with 25 stitches going up in steps to 33 stitches. The lines are numbered line one on the right and line two on the left and so on up to the top. Having watched a video of knitting in the round it seems to me that this is a chart for flat knitting not circular knitting. Am I right as I am having great difficulty following it.

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