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Ontario Charts

by Linda

A place to stand, a place to grow, Ontari-ari-ario! :)

Since this is where I've lived my whole life, I decided to try making an Ontario shaped chart for use in crafting. I ended up creating 2 different versions.

The first is for crochet, cross stitch, plastic canvas or filet crochet. It's not suitable for (stocking stitch) knitting, since it presumes all stitches are equal in width and height. The second one is for knitting, or possibly filet crochet (depending on how you're working your filet), since it presumes all stitches are wider than they are tall. (More info on using and converting charts - or graphs - is available here.)

In their full glory, so to speak, they're both decent sizes. Worked normally, they would both be suitable for an adult sweater worked in fine yarn, blanket, afghan or similar sized object.

But, if you work the chart slightly differently, you'll get a smaller image suitable for objects like a child's sweater, an adult sweater worked in thicker yarn, cushions, etc. To use the charts this way, you'll need to make a judgement call for some of the stitches you work: What colour should this stitch be? Each square on the charts is meant to represent four stitches. But if you're making a smaller version, you'll work only one stitch for each square on the chart. You must decide which colour that stitch will be. It's easy enough if they're all one colour, or three of the four are the same colour. But when two are one colour and two are the other, that's the time to use your judgement (unless of course you are one of those crafters who can easily make fancy two colour stitches when required).

Note: Stitch counts are approximate, since my vision is not reliable enough to count such things precisely. :)

Ontario Chart 1 - Square Stitches for Crochet etc.

Ontario Chart 1

Each square represents 4 stitches - two below, and two more above on the next row. It's about 127 stitches wide by 113 stitches tall (approx 24 inches square worked in sport yarn at 5 sts per inch). Worked the alternate way (working only one stitch per square), it's about 64 by 57 stitches (approx 12 inches square worked in sport yarn at 5 sts per inch).

Ontario Chart 2 - Rectangular Stitches for Knitting etc.

Ontario Chart 2

Yes, it's supposed to look tall and skinny. :)

Each square represents 4 stitches - two below, and two more above on the next row. It's about 95 stitches wide by 115 stitches tall (approx 19 inches square in worsted). If worked the alternate way (just one stitch per square), it's about 48 by 58 stitches (approx 9 1/2 inches square in worsted).

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