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How to Read Knitting Charts – Part 2

To follow up on part 1 of this tutorial on How to Read Knitting Charts, I have prepared two more charts for another common knit stitch pattern called the Moss Stitch.

FLAT NEEDLE KNITTING

SMK - Moss Stitch - Chart Reading Tutorial

As we learned in part 1, for flat needle knitting we start reading these charts from the bottom right hand corner, Row 1, Column 1.

Odd rows are read right to left and even rows left to right.

Looking at the legend this chart is translated as follows …

Reading row 1 from right to left since its a right side row …

Row 1, Column 1 – Slip stitch p-wise with yarn in front
Row 1, Column 2 – Knit
Row 1, Column 3 – Purl
Row 1, Column 4 – Knit
Row 1, Column 5 – Purl
Row 1, Column 6 – Knit

The written instructions would read like this …

Row 1 – Sl 1 p-wise wyif, *K1, P1* rep from * to * to last stitch, K1

Continuing on to row two – reading from left to right because it is a wrong side row ,,,

Row 2, Column 6 – Slip stitch p-wise wyif
Row 2, Column 5 – Knit
Row 2, Column 4 – Purl
Row 2, Column 3 – Knit
Row 2, Column 2 – Purl
Row 1, Column 1 – Knit

The written instructions would be …

Sl 1 p-wise wfyif, *K1, P1* rep from * to * to last stitch, K1

Row 3, a right side row is read right to left …

Row 3, Column 1 – Slip stitch p-wise with yarn in front
Row 3, Column 2 – Purl
Row 3, Column 3 – Knit
Row 3, Column 4 – Purl
Row 3, Column 5 – Knit
Row 3, Column 6 – Knit

The written instructions would be …

Sl 1 p-wise wfyif, *P1, K1* rep from * to * to last stitch, K1

Row 4, a wrong side row is read left to right …

Row 4, Column 6 – Slip stitch p-wise with yarn in front
Row 4, Column 5 – Purl
Row 4, Column 4 – Knit
Row 4, Column 3 – Purl
Row 4, Column 2 – Knit
Row 4, Column 1 – Knit

The written instructions would be …

Sl 1 p-wise wfyif, *P1, K1* rep from * to * to last stitch, K1

Putting it all together the written instructions for this stitch pattern would look something like this …

Rows 1 and 2 –

Sl 1 p-wise wfyif, *K1, P1* rep from * to * to last stitch, K1

Rows 3 and 4 –

Sl 1 p-wise wfyif, *P1, K1* rep from * to * to last stitch, K1

Repeat Rows 1 through 4 times until you reach your desired length.

KNITTING IN THE ROUND
[INCLUDING LOOM KNITTING FLAT AND IN THE ROUND]

SMK - Moss Stitch In the Round - Chart Reading Tutorial

Remember, the difference between knitting in the round or loom knitting from needle knitting flat is that all rows are read from right to left because the work is always worked from the front side.

Because we’re working in the round, there are no edge stitches unless you want to add them to a loom knit flat panel.

Row 1, Column 1 – Knit
Row 1, Column 2 – Purl
Row 1, Column 3 – Knit
Row 1, Column 4 – Purl

Row 2, Column 1 – Knit
Row 2, Column 2 – Purl
Row 2, Column 3 – Knit
Row 2, Column 4 – Purl

Row 3, Column 1 – Purl
Row 3, Column 2 – Knit
Row 3, Column 3 – Purl
Row 3, Column 4 – Knit

Row 4, Column 1 – Purl
Row 4, Column 2 – Knit
Row 4, Column 3 – Purl
Row 4, Column 4 – Knit

Row 5, Column 1 – Knit
Row 5, Column 2 – Purl
Row 5, Column 3 – Knit
Row 5, Column 4 – Purl

Row 6, Column 1 – Knit
Row 6, Column 2 – Purl
Row 6, Column 3 – Knit
Row 6, Column 4 – Purl

And finally, the written pattern would be as follows …

Rows 1 and 2 – *K1, P1* across
Rows 3 and 4 – *P1, K1* across
Repeat rows 1 – 4 until work is complete.

I hope that these two tutorials on how to read knitting charts has been helpful to you.

I still welcome submissions for additional simple knit stitch patterns to be charted and transcribed so we can practice together how to read knit charts.

If you have a stitch pattern you would like to see charted and transcribed, please submit it below in the comments.

Thanks!