How to Read a Knitting Chart

Learn to read knitting charts with this free video tutorial and knitting pattern from Banana Moon Studio

Knitting charts

Would you like to learn how to read a knitting chart? This post is for you! Knitting charts are great for visual learners, as they show you in chart format what stitches to work and where. Watch my video below, where I will show you how to follow a knitting chart to knit lace.

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The project in the photo above, and the one used in the video, is called Corallia Wrap. It is a free pattern on my blog! Click here for the free knitting pattern! The yarn used in this wrap is one of my favorites, Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine.

Free knitting pattern for a cotton lace wrap, from Banana Moon Studio

Let’s learn how to read a knitting chart!

When reading a knitting chart, if the object is worked in the round, you will always read each row of the chart from the right side to the left. If the item is flat, you will read right side rows of the chart from the right to the left. You will read the chart of wrong side rows starting on the left side. You will have a symbol key that will give you an abbreviation or maybe written instructions for the stitch the is represented by the symbol. Some squares will be blank, which usually indicates knit stitches on the right side and purl stitches on the wrong side, in other words, stockinette stitch. Other squares will contain symbols. You work each box in order across the row.

Watch the video below to see the process in action!

Looking for other knitting tutorials? Look here:

Learn to knit mittens!

Let me show you how stockinette stitch is done!

Would you like to learn how to make fringe for your project?

Learn the m1, m1R, and m1L knitting increase stitches!

Happy stitching,


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Learn to read a knitting chart with this free video and knitting pattern from Banana Moon Studio.

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