Am I the only one that hates charted patterns? I could probably figure out how to read them but I just don't want to. I much prefer the patterns written out and any time I see a pattern I like that is charted I just pass it on by.
No, you aren't the only one -- lots of people can't "see" the charts. People see things differently, and relate differently to graphics vs text. Personally, I find it easier to follow the graphic visuals. Whenever there are written instructions, I lose my place and end up re-reading over and over. Also, it takes me longer to memorize repeats.
You should check out Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The 2nd Treasury has a lot of lace patterns, and the instructions are all written/line-by-line. (I bought graph paper to try and chart some out ... one of these days) The old harmony guides didn't have charts, either (I don't know about the newer reprints).
Thanks. I will check out Barbara Wlaker's book.