Swatching Part Two — Chart Reading: Flat vs In The Round

By Patty Lyons

I’m so excited to see how many of you are jumping in and starting to swatch.  I’ve had some excellent questions regarding swatching flat vs in the round.

Although I do swatch stockinette in the round (using the speed swatch method I wrote about in Creative Knitting last fall and featured here in the editor’s blog, I find that my gauge for lace is the same flat and in the round, so for this project I swatched flat.

One of the great things about this pattern, is it is NOT gauge specific. If you read this post you’ll see how the puzzle pieces work. Don’t stress too much about gauge, but swatch until you get a fabric you like!

For those of you that would like to swatch in the round, you can use the speed swatch method here.

If you want to work the swatch flat then read every odd numbered row (WS rows) from left to right, and ever even number rows (RS rows) from right to left.

Here’s how the Flame chart would look flat:

Flame Chart - Flat back and forth version.

Flame Chart – Flat back and forth version.

Row 1 (WS): P5, (k2, p1, k2, p8), (p1, k2) x 2, p5.
Row 2 (RS): K3, k2tog, p2, yo, k tbl, yo, p2, (ssk, k5, k2tog, p2, yo, k tbl, yo, p2), ssk, k3.
Row 3: P4, (k2, p1, p tbl, p1, k2, p7), k2, p1, p tbl, p1, k2, p4.
Row 4: K2, k2tog, p2, k1, yo, k tbl, yo, k1, p2, (ssk, k3, k2tog, p2, k1, yo, k tbl, yo, k1, p2), ssk, k2.
Row 5: P3, (k2, p2, p tbl, p2, k2, p5), k2, p2, p tbl, p2, k2, p3.
Row 6: K1, k2tog, p2, k2, yo, k tbl, yo, k2, p2, (ssk, k1, k2tog, p2, k2, yo, k tbl, yo, k2, p2), ssk, k1.
Row 7: P2, (k2, p3, p tbl, p3, k2, p3), k2, p3, p tbl, p3, k2, p2.
Row 8: K2tog, p2, k3, yo, k tbl, yo, k3, p2, (sl2, k1, p2sso, p2, k3, yo, k tbl, yo, k3, p2), ssk.
Row 9: P1, (k2, p9, k2, p1), k2, p9, k2, p1.
Row 10: K1, m1, p2, ssk, k5, k2tog, p2, (yo, k tbl, yo, p2, ssk, k5, k2tog, p2), m1, k1.
Row 11: P2, (k2, p7, k2, p1, p tbl, p1), k2, p7, k2, p2.
Row 12: K2, m1, p2, ssk, k3, k2tog, p2, (k1, yo, k tbl, yo, k1, p2, ssk, k3, k2tog, p2), m1, k2.
Row 13: P3, (k2, p5, k2, p2, p tbl, p2), k2, p5, k2, p3.
Row 14: K3, m1, p2, ssk, k1, k2tog, p2, (k2, yo, k tbl, yo, k2, p2, ssk, k1, k2tog, p2), m1, k3.
Row 15: P4, ((k2, p3) x 2, p tbl, p3), k2, p3, k2, p4.
Row 16: K4, m1, p2, sl2, k1, p2sso, p2, (k3, yo, k tbl, yo, k3, p2, sl2, k1, p2sso, p2), m1, k4.

Here’s how the Fan chart would look flat:

Fan Chart - Flat back and forth version.

Fan Chart – Flat back and forth version.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS): K2tog x 3, (k1, yo) x 6, k2tog x 3.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Knit.

Happy Knitting!

Patty

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