Wednesday, August 20, 2008

a triumph


juno collar cable


it may not look like much, but it's an enormous triumph of knitterly stubborness over all forms of common sense. it's the start of the huge cabled collar of the juno cardigan from rowan 40 (scroll down). it's a great big intricate cable, with hugely detailed written instructions.... and no chart. (for any non-knitters, a chart is basically shorthand for knitting instructions - instead of using several words to describe a certain stitch, a symbol is used instead, which - for me, anyways - makes the pattern much easier to follow & much clearer to read).
i'm such a chart-based knitter that i can't even imagine having to knit such an intricate design from lines & lines of written instructions, so i hunted about online & found a chart creator - you type in the stitch instructions, and a chart is created for you. & so, i spent most of yesterday afternoon typing in lines of knitting directions, and finally ended up with a fabulous looking chart... & then i realised that the chart creator, as wonderful as it is, had built the chart in reverse. sigh.
undaunted, i approached it anew this morning, fuelled by some very strong coffee, and spent most of the morning working my way backwards through the pattern instructions, so that when the chart was built, it would be the right way round....

juno - charted!


(of course, i then had to knit it to make sure it worked.... that's knitting common sense for you.)

3 comments:

soCherry said...

looking good - glad you got the charting thing worked out!
I just got my vogue stitchionarys today -the cable one is great!

Jeanne said...

When I first started knitting, I only liked written instructions - and now I struggle without a chart. I am always disappointed when patterns don't have charts. The cable is gorgeous...

Kathleen said...

Triumph indeed. Now you've crossed that hurdle I hope the rest of the knitting is a breeze :-) x K