Lace Pattern graphs

I've got a new and much more complicated lace pattern to attempt. Its one of those graph type patterns...

I realise there is a key for each stitch and each little square in the grid is a stitch and the symbol in the square relates to the key and so the stitch that is required.

I assume I read right to left on the bottom / first row of the pattern... but then do I continue to read right to left on row 2 or do I sort of wrap round at the end of row 1 (like the knitting does) and read row 2 from left to right?

I swear I'm not really as stupid as I sound.


MMario's picture

are you knitting in the round? then all rows should read from right to left.

If you are knitting flat, then alternate rows would be read left to right.

BUT - be careful -= because not ALL rows are always charted.

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Charts and I don't get along. Especially putting your work down and picking it up a day or two later. I have found (even though it is lots of work) that if I spend time "translating" from chart to words ie-K2 P3 YO etc. it makes for quicker knitting and far less ripping and re-working in the long run. Just a thought ....

TomH's picture

I was always terrified by charts but am now working on my second project using charts and it's not that bad. I always used to translate the charts into written patterns but when you're working on a large project, like a shawl, the translated charts could turn into pages and pages of written pattern. So jump in. I think you'll like charts once you allow yourself time to become familiar with them and find a way to work with them that suits you. Now when I read a lace pattern that doesn't include charts I wonder why not since a chart gives you somewhat of a visualization of the stitch patterns and lets you clearly see the stitch multiple of the repeat.

QueerJoe's picture

Is this one of the Ichida graphs?...Like MMario says, be careful because most of those show only the odd rows (except sometimes).

I agree with "weeniezoom" charts and I do not get along as well. And I translate all of the charts to written rows. It is time consuming, but a lot of the charts are very complicated and very small.

I recently translated an Ichida pattern of 141 rows and it was a whopping challenge. I did however get to know a lot of the charted stitches about 1/3 through. But for me it is easier...

And follow MMario's advice. I made that mistake when I first started chart reading.

And most even rows are not listed, and most of the time if you are knitting in the round you knit all even rounds. Just follow the directions carefully and it should tell you what to do for the alternate rounds/rows at the beginning of the pattern.

You also have to remember that all charted symbols are not the same.

German, American, Japanese, Spanish, Italian are all different. So make sure that there is some sort of legend to you chart and follow each one on each chart.

Hope that helps,



MMario's picture

and then you have my charts - which combine all the worst> the features I like from various systems and mush them together.

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Kerry's picture

Perservere with the chart, I'd never go back to written instructions.

AdrianG's picture

WOW! Useful advice. Having double checked the chart... you're right. First row reads right to left, second row isn't charted and is just a purl row... 3rd row reads right to left.

End of the day in the UK so will leave checking the sts until another day.

Thanks guys. I'll keep you up to date with how it goes once I get down to it.