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Inishturk Sweater Knit-Along: Visual Patterns – Charts

February 4th, 2010

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I can remember over 20 years ago when I was in college (and working part-time in a yarn shop!) that some knitting stitch patterns were starting to written in chart form.  I had always knitted cable and lace patterns with instructions that wrote out what to do row by row.  I was used to doing that, but once I learned how to read charts, I found them to actually be much easier to follow.  Quite a few of you have asked for charts for the stitch patterns in the Inishturk sweater pattern since they were not included.  I knew I would like them, too.  So, this week we have charts for the 3 larger cable patterns.

I’ve decided to include a little tutorial about how to read charts for those of you who have never tried them.  So, below is a chart for Cable C:

This chart is a visual of the written instructions for Cable C.  You can see that row numbers 1 and 3 are on the right of the chart and rows 2 and 4 are on the left.  So, for row 1 (the RS) you will work the chart from right to left.  Then, row 2 (WS) is read from left to right.  (For those of you who are working this sweater in the round, you will read every row of the chart from right to left, because you are going in a circle!)

Alright, each square is a stitch and depending whether you are on the right side or wrong side of your piece, will determine how you read the symbols that go with the chart.  The symbols for these charts are can be found here [PDF; must have Adobe Reader (free at to open].

The stitches that are empty are worked as knit stitches on the right side and as purl stitches on the wrong side.  The purl stitches that are indicated by a” “on the right side are knit on the wrong side.  So, now all you need to match up is the symbols to the cables on the charts.  There are a lot of different variations of 2, 3, and 4 stitch cables in this pattern, so just match them carefully to each other to see which stitches are knit, purled and whether you hold that cable needle to the front or the back.

OK, so here is the chart for Panel A (As always, you can click outlined images, like the ones below, to enlarge):

And…ta-da, the chart for Panel B (Again, click the image to enlarge):

So, for those of you who have been wanting these charts – enjoy!  I always find it always helps to enlarge those charts as you are working them.  For those of you who have never done a chart, give it a try and you may find you like these visual instructions!

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  • Christine-WI

    WS rows 2,4,6 etc. just K in K and P in P all the way across. This is your easier row (my opinion of course) since the cables are worked on the other side, all you have to do is get to the end with all the stitches facing the correct direction on the front. :)

  • Denise from Portland, OR

    Well, I finished the front of the sweater yesterday morning and I am very pleased with everything so far. The key words here are “so far” LOL! I tried to start a sleeve last night and I was going along fine until I had to start making the increases. It’s amazing how the “brain fog” can move in, and nothing makes sense LOL! I need help from anyone who has started to work on the sleeves ( Holli, didn’t you finish one already?). After doing the m1 increase, which is always a knit stitch, how do you work the double seed stitch to stay in pattern, with this extra knit stitch at the beginning and the end of the row? And how in the world do you keep track of all of this? It is no longer a true Row 1 or 3, and I’m just not getting how to start it or end it! I just can’t seem to get my brain around this concept LOL! Any and all help would be appreciated at this point……… HELP!

  • Connie in Texas

    To everyone who gave tips on seaming the shoulders, thank you so much. I tried the 3-needle bind off on a couple of swatches and I really like the way it looks so I’m going with that method.

    Denise in Portland, I haven’t started sleeves yet but I’m almost finished with the front. I’m thinking of seaming the shoulders and sides, then pick up stitches around armhole on circular needles and knit down in the round for sleeves (no sleeve seam and no setting in sleeves). I would be decreasing instead of increasing and will need to think about this. Has anyone tried this or thinking about it.

  • http://lionsbrandknitalong Janet H

    Donna and Christine, Thank you. I wish I would of wrote this before I ripped it out because I guess I was doing it right just need to give it more time and it would of looked right.

  • Denise from Portland, OR

    Thank you Connie for the imput. I considered that, but I’m not sure it will work, because the increases do not go all the way up to the top of the sleeeve. So, if you are doing it from the top down, the way I see it is that you can’t start decreasing right way…..that creates a whole new delema.

  • Holli in Memphis

    Denise – I did do a sleeve. I had to make myself a list of the rows to do increases on and then count the double seed stitch from the inside out. I have markers between DSS and the k1, p2, C cable parts. I can figure out what the stitch should be next to the that k1 before the C cable, on rows 1 and 5 it’s a purl and 3 and 7 it’s a knit and then I count backwards when starting the row, as you work across it’s clear which one to start with. Does that make sense?

  • Denise from Portland, OR

    Thank you so much Holli. I’ll give that a try.. I may also try doing a “increase stitch” rather than the ” make a stitch” for my increases. That way I can do the increase as a knit or a purl vs the M1’s are all knits. I think that might keep the double seed clear in my mind. Thank you again for you help…….I just love this KAL!

  • Donna

    Denise, what’s an “increase stitch” like. I tried the “make a stitch” on the back but got a hole so just did my increase in the knit stitches and knitted into front and back. I need to get a sleeve started so I can follow along with all of you. I was hoping to get the back done over the weekend but no luck but I think I’ll do a sleeve next and do the front later.

  • Denise from Portland, OR

    Donna, What you explained is what I call an “increase stitch” and a “m1” or “make a stitch” is when you pick up a stitch between 2 stitchs, put it on the left needle, and knit in the back side of the picked up stitch. At least this is the 2 different ways I have learned to do increases.

  • Donna

    Denise, I was watching knitting videos and she showed a way to increase in a purl stitch like you do a knit stitch. In fact there were a lot of increases I never heard of. Oh and I read my directions again and am I glad I did. I thought I was done with the back because it was the correct length….except I forgot I had to measure it from where the ribbing ended and not from where it started. Glad I caught it, or my sweater would be too short, although I keep holding it up to check, but it’s hard to tell without the neck. So looks like I’ll be knitting another 16 rows.

  • Holli in Memphis

    I did all my increases as knits on the sleeve. I used M1 where you pick up between the stitches and knit into the back. No holes.

  • Denise from Portland, OR

    Holli, Thanks. I really appreciate your advice. I’ll let you know it all works out later today….

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  • KB

    I am knitting my sweater in the round and have the body over half way up. I have made a few boo-boos and fixed them by just ribbing back the cable/panel that had the mistake and knitting it back up using double pointed needles in the same size I am knitting with. I just keep the sweater right side towards me and slide the stitches back after I knit them. Hope this makes sense, I found it to be pretty easy. I really like the idea of Connies (#53) about knitting the sleeves from the top down. I was thinking of knitting them in the round but will have to give it some serious consideration weather to do them from the top or the cuff. Thanks for all the suggestions, this has really been a great way to knit a difficult sweater, I really like the way mine is looking.

  • Kelly

    So, I just joined the ripping out club. Was half way through my second set of cables and got to the last panel A and have no idea how it happened, but the stitches didn’t match the pattern! I fiddled for about half and hour, then decided out it all comes (down to the ribbing) because there was one other mistake that was driving me nuts! I like the idea of starting a sleeve–something I can do while my 2 year old is saying “Mama, Mama, Mama . . .” Makes it a little difficult to focus!! Still having fun though!

  • Heather T.

    Thanks for the charts!!!! This made my knitting go so much faster!

  • Mary Ann

    I like the charts. I have made mistakes in the Cable C panels but that will be my excuse for keeping the sweater for my self. I did go back and rip just that panel out and reknit it but some mistakes are too far back. I’ll just keep the sweater for me. :-)
    I am wondering about the neck shaping. Do I bind off in the row on the wrong side after I make the last decrease or do I do a wrong side row and bind off on the right side?
    I still have a ways to go before I get to the end of the back. Thanks.