charted lace patterns

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GailK@2 wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 1:30 PM

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.

 Gail Kus

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StnFlwr wrote
on Jun 29, 2009 1:21 PM

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).

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GailK@2 wrote
on Jun 29, 2009 1:29 PM

Thanks.  I will check out Barbara Wlaker's book.

 Gail Kus

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