I also cross stitch (although knitting is my new and all consuming obsession). I think what throws me when looking at a knitting chart is I will be working from the bottom up. A chart for a progect I am considering also indicates only the odd rows are shown, I am to purl on the even rows.
Thanks so much Jan in CA for the links, very very helpful.
Yarnpiggy the coloring of the squares is a great idea. I will try that also.