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Published on November 6th, 2014 | by Elizabeth Bagwell

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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!

Cast on

Don’t start with the chart! For both the hat and jumper, there are some set up rows to do first.

No surprises

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.

Find the first part of the pattern here.


About the Author

Elizabeth is a keen knitter, occasional designer, enthusiastic traveler and a professional freelance writer. She spent three years working for British knitting magazine, Simply Knitting, and has also written for The Knitter and other craft titles. She blogs at: www.elizabethbagwell.me.uk


Last updated: November 10th, 2014.

11 Responses to Top tips for the Knit-A-Long chart

  1. Mai Chang says:

    I’ve got the pattern,butt only the back. I wish that the whole pattern was there,so now I have to wait for the class to catch up.

  2. Lois C says:

    I need instructions on how to carry yarn accross stitches in back.

  3. Mommacat Red says:

    How I wish the entire pattern could’ve been released as in many other KALs because I always make the back and fronts as one piece if the pattern will at all permit.

    This is a lovely pattern and I intend to be knitting busily just as soon as the needed parts come out.

    • Faith says:

      Hiya!

      Thanks for your comment. We will definitely keep this in mind for our next knit-a-long.

      All the best,

      Faith
      & the LoveKnitting team

  4. Hi there

    In this pattern it would be difficult to work the two pieces as one piece and I am sure you will be happy once both pieces are complete-let us know how you get on

  5. Pam Braden says:

    I began the color switch part last night but I ended up having more stitches than the pattern showed. I didn’t add any stitches but I don’t know what I did wrong. Would you consider adding pictures of the parts along the way including pictures showing the back of the work? This is my first time doing multiple colors and I couldn’t see how to twist the two colors until right before the white stitch begins. I’m going to take it out tonight but it would help to have visuals! 🙂

    Thanks.

  6. Jenny Payne says:

    I would also have liked to have the instructions for the back and front at the same time as I would have knitted it in the round on 5 needles to avoid side seams for a young baby. Although I could have guessed that the front would be the same to the armhole, it would have been nice to be sure.
    Also, I am knitting the second size to the exact tension and length but am not convinced I shall have enough yarn, I am using the recommended King Cole Merino Blend DK yarn and have finished the first ball at the armhole level of the front. Can you reassure me that I will have enough for the hat?
    Thanks.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Jenny,

      We will definitely consider this for future KAL’s, for this particular pattern, Monica felt it was easiest to knit it flat. She has also assured us that you will have enough yarn for the hat,

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

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