Top tips for the Knit-A-Long chart
We’ve asked Elizabeth Bagwell to give some tips to help you get started with our snowflake knit-a-long chart.
Getting set up
Make sure your print out shows the contrasting colours clearly, even if you’ve used grey scale to save ink.
Knitting the right size
Both baby jumper and hat patterns have four sizes listed. It might sound obvious but it’s really important to only knit the section of the chart for the size you’re making.
The jumper chart has lines marked for the sizes, for the hat mark them yourself. I recommend printing the page out and chopping the extra bits off with scissors!
Don’t start with the chart! For both the hat and jumper, there are some set up rows to do first.
This is a colourwork chart, so knit each stitch in the colour shown. The chart shows every stitch of every row, so there are no repeats to worry about.
There are no special stitches on the chart, it’s all stocking stitch. There is no increasing or decreasing required until after the chart section has ended.
Where to start
As this piece is knit flat, the first stitch of the first row is at the bottom right (look for the square with a 1 underneath and a 1 to the right). You’ll then work across row 1 (and all odd rows) from right to left. At any point in the row, you should be able to line up your knitting underneath the chart, and see that they match. (They probably won’t be the same size though!)
Row 2 (all even rows) are knit left to right, as this is the reverse side. Flip your work over so you can see the front, and it should match the chart.
Remember to mark your place
It should be easy to compare your knitting to the chart, but it’s best to keep track of your place anyway. Here are 5 easy ways to mark your place in a chart: tick rows off with a pencil; highlight completed rows with a marker; cover completed rows with paper or a sticky note; use a magnetic chart keeper (often sold in cross stitch supply shops, too); use a row counter.
How to knit colourwork
If you haven’t knit a pattern like this before, you might like my recent article on how to knit colourwork or you can look online for tips on ‘Fair Isle’ or ‘stranded colourwork’.
Don’t want to knit it? Embroider instead!
If you get stuck with the colourwork, you can always Swiss darn the motif on, using the same chart. Erika Knight explains the technique.
Last updated: November 10th, 2014.