The knitter wrote to tell me she had finished a sweater in my book, Dolce Handknits – simple, sophisticated designs, and had her eye on another. She wanted to make Fitzroy, but was a little intimidated by the charts and wondered if there was a written version of the pattern. There isn’t. Fitzroy is by no means complicated. It’s a worsted-weight cardigan with lace panels and though I’m not a big fan of charts myself, they just made sense for Fitzroy.
I thought a little encouragement was in order. I offered up some basic chart explanation and a few tips that always made working from charts easier for me. Just simple things, like which row, RS or WS, the chart started with and from which direction to work each row. I suggested making separate, enlarged copies of each chart and using a ruler to help hold your place. And then, luckily, it dawned on me that if she was working from the book and not an older leaflet version of the pattern, there were some small, but critical errors introduced into the charts when the book was published. I included a link to the corrected charts.
I was so pleased when the knitter wrote back to thank me for the encouragement and to say she was going to give Fitzroy and charts a go. But all I could think was what a nightmare it could have been for her if I hadn’t remembered the corrected charts.