Charts Made Simple

A quick post on an awesome new book that is selling like MAD – Charts Made Simple.

Knitting on paper: that’s what a chart is. Symbols take the place of stitches, forming a picture of knitted fabric.

Charts Made Simple explains how this picture unlocks the secret of understanding charts, teaching knitters how to read charts and how to make the most of them: to make sense of the symbols in a chart without being overly dependent on its key, to use charts as guides for minimizing and recovering from mistakes, and to handle chart quirks—“no stitch” symbols, repeated stitches, changes in stitch count, and more—with ease. Copious examples clearly illustrate key points, and at the end of each chapter, a concise summary and a set of exercises cement the lessons learned.

When you open this book, you enter the classroom of a talented and experienced knitting instructor who shares her knowledge in six well-organized chapter-lessons, each focusing on key aspects of successful chart reading. JC Briar’s book, Charts Made Simple, provides a progression of clear, step-by-step tutorials and is packed with visuals—some of the best I’ve ever seen—to illustrate the concepts. You will be happily and confidently knitting from charts in no time! – Margaret Fisher, author of Seven Things that can “Make or Break” a Sweater

As someone who writes, proofs and publishes patterns for sale I am over the moon thrilled about Charts Made Simple. If you can only buy one knitting book this year, make it this one. – Tina Newton, owner of Blue Moon Fiber Arts

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