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Chart Creator Manual

  
The basic idea behind the way that the chart creator works is easy. Instructions for the rows of the chart are written out in the text box on the left-hand side of the screen. When you click "Create Chart" the new chart appears on the bottom of the screen, under the divider. The image that appears on the page is a JPEG; it is also possible to download the image in PDF or PostScript format. In this manual I will first explain the basics of creating charts. Then I go into more detail about row numbering, offsetting rows from the left-hand side of the chart, and adding notes and stitch repeats to the chart. In every section, examples of what to enter into the text box (examples are given in this font) and the results of the chart creation will be shown on the right-hand side of the screen.

Basics

The chart creator page is set up with a text box on the left, and a key on the right. The key looks like this:

When you type several names of symbols in a row into the text box, the chart creator produces their images in the chart. Thus k represents a blank square (a knit stitch) while p represents a square with a black dot in it (a purl stitch).

Example:

k p yo k p
produces the chart
Every line in the text box is a row in the chart. Rows are built up from the bottom of the chart to the top (the way that you read the chart). Each row is built from left to right. Thus the line k p k yo p  will have the knit symbol on the left-hand edge, then the purl symbol, then another knit symbol, then the yarn over symbol, and lastly the purl symbol. Notice that this is not like standard knitting instructions, where the instruction "k,p,k,yo,p" would have hte right-most stitch knitted, then the next one purled, then the next one knitted, and so on, working your way to the left-hand side of the knitting.

Example:

k k k k
p k p k
k p yo k p
k k p p p
produces

Chart edges are denoted by the thick purples lines on top of the grid. Thus, in the previous example, even though the bottom part of the grid contains two extra squares (because of the increases) we can see that they are not part of the actual chart, as they are outside of the red lines.
Notice, also, that the chart has every row numbered. If the chart is instead supposed to represent only the odd (or only the even) rows of the knitting the rows should be numbered with only odd (or even) numbers. On the right-hand side of the screen, above the key, there is the question "Which rows are represented in the chart?" In order to have only odd (or even) numbers labelling the rows in the chart, simply select "odd" (or "even") for the rows represented in the chart.

Example:

k k k k
p k p k
k p yo k p
k k p p p
with "odd" selected produces

Offsets

Suppose that a chart has some rows wider than others, like a chart for a lace edging. The rows do not necessarily have to be lined up on the left-hand side of the chart. In order to shift a row some number of squares to the right, put that number in brackets at the beginning of the row. Thus the line [3] k p k will be placed three squares to the right of the left-hand edge of the chart.
[1] k k k k
k yo k k yo k
[1] k2tog k k ssk
produces

Cables

The symbols on the bottom of the key are the symbols for cables. In the key, all of the cables are 2-over-2 crosses, whether the cables have some stitches purled (the right-hand pair) or all knitted (the left-hand pair). In order to make wider cables, simply change the number in the parentheses; cablef(6) will produce a 3-over-3 cable, cablepb(2) will produce a 1-over-1 cable, and so on.

Example:

k k k k k k 
cablef(6)
k k k k k k 
produces

Notes and Stitch Repeats

It is also possible to add notes to the charts. There are two kinds of notes to add. The first of these is a note added to the top of the chart, which labels a column in the chart. This is made by adding a line that contains the word "note", followed by a number in brackets, a colon, and then the text of the note. Thus for example, the line note[3]: start here will add the note "start here" after the third square in the chart.

Examples:


[1] k k k k
k yo k k yo k
[1] k2tog k k ssk
note[5]: start here
produces
Another type of note that we can add to the chart is to mark where the stitch repeat lies. To do this, simply add a line that has a stitch range inside brackets to the chart information. This will mark the stitches in the range as having a repeat.
p p p k cablef(2) p p p 
p p p cableb(2) k p p p
[1-8]
with "odd" selected produces

Errors and Warnings

Sometimes there is an error in the chart that you are trying to make. The simplest kind of error is a misspelled stitch name. For instance, if, when trying to make a row with three knit stitches you type k kk instead of k k k, the chart creator will tell you that the stitch kk does not exist. All you need to do to fix such an error is find the stitch name that you misspelled and fix it.
The chart creator also keeps track of how many stitches there are per row. Thus, for example, the row k k k needs three stitches, but the row k yo k  needs only two. Sometimes, the stitch counts on the chart will be off, for example because of a forgotten increase or decrease. The chart creator will warn you about this, even though it will still give you the chart.