One more word…. Amazing!
I wanted to share with you this revolutionary new charting method, devised by JC Briar. JC Briar is the author of ‘Charts Made Simple’ or what I lovingly call my ‘charting bible’. My wonderful friend and knitting mentor bought me this book a while back when I was having a hard time getting a lace chart out of my head and into a coherent chart. The book is amazing, it teaches how charts reflect the knitted fabric and how to read the two. It’s a wonderful resource for knitters of all abilities, but it’s excellence lies within the sections that deal with shaping in charts, blank stitches, cables, dealing with changing stitch counts. I would go so far as to say as a knitter’s reference book it is up there with EZ’s books and Barbara Walker’s Treasury Collection.
Today I discovered that JC Briar has developed a new form of knitting chart – WITHOUT A GRID!!!! I have been sat here at my desk for a while trying to find the words to describe Stitch Maps and failing. I can tell you, at first glimpse I thought it was a crochet chart, then just how much the chart represented the knitted fabric amazed me, then I asked myself…. why didn’t I think of this?
This is how JC Briar describes Stitch Maps:
“Stitch Maps are a new form of knitting chart that use traditional symbols in a novel way: without a grid. The symbols within a stitch map clearly show what stitches to work. And – not being confined within grid squares – they also show which stitches of the previous row should be worked”.
Please take a look for yourself!