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Reading charts

Postby Woolygreyhound » Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:23 pm

Hello Ladies

When reading charts my eyes seem to wander!! I have seen this online but it is a bit expensive for me

http://www.hulucrafts.co.uk/knitting-ch ... -small.htm

Does anyone else have any tips, I usually knit in the evenings and although I use a ruler it moves on my lap.

Thanks for reading
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Re: Reading charts

Postby manda-r » Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:58 pm

have you got a home bargains near you a cheap magnetic board and use a magnetic strip I got a embroidery chart reader

here are some on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Magnetic-chart-ma ... 3cb27727a6

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-PINK-A4-METAL ... 3a5eccc6f7 this is ok for portrait
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Re: Reading charts

Postby Christine » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:01 pm

Never thought of looking at eBay - I've been eyeing up the KnitPro pattern-holders :oops: I wonder if The Range has something similar?
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Re: Reading charts

Postby Helenhfj » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:05 pm

Get a cheapo magnetic noteboard, you know the sort that are sold for sticking shopping lists to and a magnetic ruler. Use the ruler to stick the pattern to the noteboard and keep track of where you are up to :smile:

I've been known to use the lid of a Quality Street tin with my magnetic ruler before now :shock: ;)

ETA I got the ruler from a cross-stitch website; I'm sure it was less than £2. You can buy magnetic strips from cardmaking shops too, to make fridge magnets.
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Re: Reading charts

Postby Woolygreyhound » Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:08 pm

Ladies thanks for all the ideas
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Re: Reading charts

Postby divadoll_1 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:09 pm

Post it notes?
Generally you dont need the ruler thingy to go right the way across as it is obvious the way it is going and you can run with the pattern. I generally only need to note the first pattern repeat or the first couple of stitches on each line, but then I prefer charts so that you can read the pattern in advance much easier so have used them virtually forever!

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Re: Reading charts

Postby jmt1234 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:23 pm

I just lay the chart flat next to me and use a ruler. I keep a piece of scrap paper alongside and write down which row I've just completed. It works for me.
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Re: Reading charts

Postby ContinentalCat » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:35 am

Another vote for a magnetic board and some magnets or ruler her.

Helenhfj wrote:I've been known to use the lid of a Quality Street tin with my magnetic ruler before now :shock: ;)

:lol: I use a metal bookend for smaller charts, and my Jip and Janneke magnets (they're famous characters from childrens' books here, and the drawings make me smile)

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Re: Reading charts

Postby Woolygreyhound » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:25 pm

Ladies as usual Pheonix comes up with the solution.

I popped into Home Bargains and brought 2 magnetic white boards for 99p each. I cut the magnets off the 2nd board to use as a ruler to hold chart to the first board. Fantastic I even have a spare magnet, can't wait for tonight to get on with my lace.

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