This is my 100th post! To celebrate, I wanted to do something nice and share something useful with my readers.
I’ve noticed that by far my most popular post has been my review of the free online chart creation tool of Chart Minder. I still like this tool, and used it a good bit when I was taking my first steps creating patterns, though I’ve since moved on with the purchase of the excellent Stitch Mastery software package.
A lot of my charting work I still do with a technical pencil on paper. Partially because I can carry them around (following the kids) and quickly jot down ideas. Partially also because I’ve also found that I can be creatively more productive on paper than on a computer. I then use Stitch Mastery to further develop the initial ideas and draw up nice charts for printing.
I often use shop bought grid paper, but for some things, I like printing out a template. This can also come in handy when I just need to chart something right now and I’ve run out of paper in my notebook. And for things like the decreases in a triangular shawl a template is invaluable, as I don’t want to keep drawing the edges again and again.
So here’s three templates that I use regularly. All are created using Stitch Mastery. Just click on the links below for the PDF download.
Knitting Chart Grid – Flat Knitting Template: this is a basic grid, with column numbers top and bottom, and row numbers all on the right side for charting pieces knit flat.
Knitting Chart Grid – Round Knitting Template: the same as the above, but with row numbers alternating between the right and the left for charting pieces knit in the round.
triangular shawl chart template: a grid for charting the basic triangular shawl shape, starting with a single stitch and increasing two stitches, one on each edge, every right side row.
You’re welcome to use these as you please, but please don’t offer them for download on your own site; offer a link back to this post instead! Please also consider doing me a favour by signing up for my email list by using the form on the right.
If you need a reference for knitting chart symbols to use with this, I recommend using the list over at the CYC, which is pretty much the international standard today.
I hope these come in handy for someone, I’d love to hear if you’ve used them and how.