How I learned to stop worrying and love the chart

Well, not precisely but I like amusing myself with silly titles (as y’all well know).

Once I figured out charts I totally fell in love with them. They are such a concise method of conveying a huge amount of information in a small amount of space. Take Golden Lion Throne. To communicate the information needed to knit the pattern you can either use 2 pages of charts or 5 pages of written text. For me that is pretty much a non-decision.

But I know that some people aren’t fans of charts so I try to include written instructions whenever possible. And I know some people will never be fans of charts – and that’s OK. But if you want to be able to knit from charts then one of the prizes in the Lace-a-long might be for you!

Charts Made Simple by JC Briar

This book could be yours!

How can you go wrong with a book named Charts Made Simple? I was lucky enough to win this book as a door prize at Small Knits Symposium and I was cackling with delight. But when I got home and was sorting my swag like Smaug I realized that while I wanted this book that there might be others out there that needed the book more than I. And really, what better prize for a Lace-a-long? So now it is a prize (it is even signed).

Charts Made Simple by JC Briar

How cool!

There are many reviews of this book out there, so I don’t think I need to throw mine on the pile right now. You can check here, or here, or here or even here and scroll down for the Amazon reviews.  There is pretty much a general consensus that JC Briar has written a great book to help the knitter better grasp the concepts of how charts work.

So, even if you cannot currently knit from charts, you can pick out one of my lace pieces and knit from the written directions (except Atreides), win this book and then confidently knit everything else from charts! This is the second post about prizes for the -a long and there will be a couple more so I hope you are enjoying them. Even if you don’t want to knit a long it is fun to look at cool knitting related stuff, eh?




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