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I’ve never read a graph diagram pattern for knitting. I’m having a really hard time getting this pattern right. I thought I was doing it the right way, but I had too many remaining stitches at the end. Can anyone write this out for me in a written pattern?

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I wrote out the chart below, but here are some general tips that will help you work from future charts. FWIW, this is not a very user-friendly chart. There are some things you can do to make it easier to read:

  • I find that long sections of the same stitch are rather difficult to read off of a chart. It helps to count out the number of stitches in each section, and write the stitch count directly on the chart.

    For example, if you work the first row on the RS, it will be worked as K8 in MC, K1 in CC, K8 in MC. So you would write "8" in each of the MC sections on the first row. There's no need to write in "1" on the MC section because you can see at a quick glance that it's only one square.

  • It will help if you write row numbers along the sides of the chart, so you can use a row counter to keep track of which row you're on. Here's an example of a chart with row and column numbers:

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  • If you prefer, instead of writing in stitch counts, you could add heavier-weight lines at regular intervals, eg every 5 or 10 rows and columns. I like to mark my charts out in 3x3 boxes, because I can quickly see how many stitches are in a group of 3 or fewer without stopping to count. Here's an example of a chart with heavier-weight lines at regular intervals:

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Here are the instructions for your chart. "MC" means main color. "CC" means contrasting color. Each row should have 17 sts. I recommend double-checking my math before you begin.

  1. MC 8, CC 1, MC 8
  2. MC 7, CC 3, MC 7
  3. MC 6, CC 5, MC 6
  4. MC 5, CC 7, MC 5
  5. MC 4, CC 9, MC 4
  6. MC 3, CC 11, MC 3
  7. MC 2, CC 13, MC 2
  8. repeat previous row
  9. MC 1, CC 15, MC 1
  10. repeat previous row
  11. MC 17
  12. repeat row 11
  13. repeat row 11
  14. repeat row 11
  15. repeat row 11
  16. repeat row 11
  17. repeat row 11
  18. repeat row 11 (row 11 has now been worked 8 times altogether)
  19. MC 1, CC 7, MC 1, CC 7, MC 1
  20. MC 1, CC 6, MC 3, CC 6, MC 1
  21. MC 2, CC 4, MC 5, CC 4, MC 2

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