Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charted Knitting designs by Barbara G. Walker

Have you ever started a knitting project and gave up in frustration.  Help is on the way.  One of the staff, a self-proclaimed knitting addict, highly recommends, Barbara G Walker’s Charted Knitting Designs.  The book is as old as some of the library staff and the illustrations look outdated, but the information inside is timeless.

There are 2 sections to this book.  First of all, the introduction is about designing projects.  The way she explains designing, it doesn’t sound complicated at all, because that’s where charted knitting comes in.  Each design in the book is charted, tidily drawn on graph paper, so you can see what the design is supposed to look like, where you are in the pattern, and how it relates to the rows below it and the rows above.  The book includes a selection of designs, different kinds of stitches to produce textures, two- color patterns, lace, and cables: and the exact steps to make the stitch, sometimes with two or more methods.   A short glossary of chart symbols gives you the standard pattern abbreviation for the symbol.   

Our knitting addict says it’s like the difference between a descriptive paragraph and a photograph.  She says she loves charted designs because they make sense. 

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