Pattern charts

is there any one out there who can tell me how to read a chart? i am new to the whole knitting game and i am totally stoaked to try knitting a pattern that has a chart but i have no clue how to read them or how to knit them.


Most charts are read left to right on odd numbered rows and right to left on even numbered rows. If you’re knitting flat. If you’re knitting in the round, you read the even rows left to right too.

wow i thank you for answering my thread but i have no clue what you said sry.

Hi new2knittinguy,

I’m also new to knitting with charts. For example, this is a scarf I am knitting atm…

and this is the chart for the first part…

So what sueeq means, is that see where it says ‘1’ on the left hand side. This is row 1 and is on the right side of your knitting. So you knit this row following the pattern from the left side (near the 1) to the right, following the chart symbols.

When you get to the end of the row, you can see above that a ‘2’. This is row 2 and you will knit this row following the pattern from the right (next to the ‘2’) to the left. When you reach the end of the row, you are up to row 3. Row 3 is on the left, it is the right (side of your knitting) side and you knit following the pattern from the left side to the right side.

Basically with this pattern you are just working from left to right and then the next row is right to left on the pattern, and backwards and forwards you go. Charts are also generally read from the bottom to the top.

Each chart should also have instructions as to what the symbols means and if you don’t know how to do that, then there are knitting videos on this site to show you pretty much everything.

Does that make more sense?


i found this link and i really love this project but i am so lost in it i have restarted it 5 times.

and can someone plz tell me how to make2 in the videos i see make 1 but what is a make 2

LOL…you don’t chose an easy pattern to start with!

Hopefully with someone with lots more experience than me will come along and help you soon.

Good luck.


You would follow that chart in the same manner R to L on rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. and L to R on rows 2, 4, 6, 8, and so on.

Rows 1 and 2 are pretty easy, purl R1, knit R 2. Row 3 is p 7, make two as described, then p 7. The make two is done in 1 stitch - you’ll have 3 sts there when you’re done. Read the descriptions for the symbols, write it out stitch by stitch if you need to.

I think if you are a beginner, you may be in a little over your head ( or maybe a lot ). LOL

Try this link for a simple explanation of charts.

Best of luck.

That link goes to hotmail. Are you sure that’s what you meant to post?

Thankyou suzeeq for pointing out that my link was not correct.

Try this link for an easy explanation on charts.

Good luck !!!