# How do you read a knitting chart for beginners?

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Charts for flat knitting are read in the same direction you would knit your work: starting from the bottom and reading from Right to Left (←) on RS rows (usually the odd-numbered rows) and from Left to Right (→) on WS rows (usually the even-numbered rows).

## How do you read a knitting drop chart?

You read a knitting diagram completely opposite to how you would normally read: from right to left, from bottom to top. In other words: you start with the symbol in the bottom right corner, and work your way leftwards and upwards (see RED in diagram below).

## Is the first row in knitting the right side?

The first row of a knitting pattern is considered the right side, and the second row is considered the wrong side. Since one is an odd number, all of the odd rows are right side facing. The even rows are on the wrong side.

## How do you convert a knitting chart to instructions?

When you convert a chart into written instructions, you first enter the name (or abbreviation) of each stitch or color used in your pattern. For each row/round, it gives you the written instructions. Example knitting pattern: Rnd 1: k3, p3 (6 sts.)

## How do you read a bracket and parentheses in knitting?

Brackets [ ]

Brackets are used to indicate a group of stitches that require a number of repeats. The number following the brackets will indicate how many times this repeat must be performed. For example, [K2, YO, K2tog] 3 times means you will knit two stitches, yarn over once, then knit two stitches together.

## How do you read a knitting pattern with parentheses?

Parentheses are used to indicate a group of stitches that are to be worked together into a stitch, such as: “(K1, P1, K1) in next st.” That means you will work all of those stitches in one stitch, which makes a popcorn st.

## Does the cast on row count as the first row in knitting?

The cast on itself is not counted, however, some cast on methods create both a cast on and a knitted row. For example, the most popular cast on, the long tail method, creates both a cast on and a knitted row. So in this case, you would count that as the first row.

## What does knit 2 together mean?

Knit two together is the most basic method of decreasing stitches. It makes a decrease that slants slightly to the right and is often abbreviated as K2Tog or k2tog in patterns. To “knit two together” is just like making a regular knit stitch, but you work through two stitches instead of just one.