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Converting Charts

by Linda

You want a snowflake, teddy bear, or letter of the alphabet to use for your next project. A few internet searches later, you find the perfect chart or graph for the design you're after, the copyright says free for personal use so no worries there, but it's for a different type of craft. Other than that though, it's absolutely perfect! So you forge ahead. But surprise - it looks short and fat - or tall and skinny! What the ?????

Cross stitch, crochet, filet crochet, knitting, plastic canvas - you can find charts for these crafts and many more in print and on the internet. But how important is it to get the right one for the craft you want to use? If you have ever tried taking your own image and converting it into a usable chart you already know the answer - very!

To make a long story short:

So, what to do about this chart? The first thing is to observe, no matter how the chart is labelled, whether the individual coloured blocks that make up the chart look square. People can say a chart is for knitting, but if the blocks are truly square and the design looks correct, it's not suitable for (stocking stitch) knitting as is. If they're not squares, but rectangles that are wider than they are tall, they're probably fine to use as is for knitting (stocking stitch).

Below are links to suggestions for adapting charts with certain characteristics for certain crafts. It covers most situations and can give you a starting point. How the design shape looks is the determining factor for which table to use. If it's correct, that means a circle looks round (not oval), the image doesn't look too tall and skinny, etc. If it looks distorted, circles look oval and images do look tall and skinny, etc. I know many of us dislike to, but you should always make a test swatch before embarking on a large project. It saves time in the long run.

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