Step1: Cropping to the edge
Crop all the way to the edges of the chart at its widest/tallest part, removing the row and stitch numbers the designer might have put in.
Step 2: Visible rows
How many rows are VISIBLE on the chart? Charts are really graph paper. Count the boxes vertically up the chart, each box is a row.
- Remember, if wrong side rows aren’t charted, they aren’t visible so a chart that counts 1, 3, 5…15 has 8 visible rows.
- Still having issues? Be sure to check the bottom row number. If it is not 1, adjust your visible row count accordingly. When in doubt, manually count boxes, sometimes the numbers are wrong. **
Step 3: Stitches
How many stitches are there from right to left edge of the crop? Charts are really graph paper. Count the boxes horizontally across the width of the chart. If there are “no stitch here” spots count those as stitches since even though you don’t have a stitch on your needle, it is taking up an actual spot in the width of your chart. In the same vein if your chart has repeat sections, they only count once even if you have more stitches on your needles.
Step 4: First Row and Count By
You can enter the row the chart starts on, and what it increments by. Just enter the number as it applies for the starting row for what is in front of you. And the increment indicates in the chart counts 1,2,3 (increment of 1) or 1,3,5 (increment of 2).
Step 5: Check the Grid
You can check the results of your work using Check Grid. This will overlay a colored grid-line on your chart. The grid lines should match your chart’s grid lines (zoom in for a good look!). If they don’t be sure to recheck your edges and your Visible Rows and Stitches. The default grid color is yellow. If you have a hard time seeing it, you can change the grid color in settings. Show Me
|Bad Grid CheckThe grid lines do NOT match the chart.||Good Grid CheckThe grid lines match the chart.|
Correcting an existing piece
If you have an existing piece you can adjust it. From Setup Mode, select your piece at the top and tap the crop button to adjust the crop. Show Me
** A note on arithmetic: if your bottom row is not 1 and you decide to subtract the top row from the bottom, BE SURE TO ADD 1. The count of rows is the difference between top and bottom row PLUS ONE. if you need to prove this to yourself, consider a chart with a bottom row of 1 and top row of 10. 10-1=9. So be sure to add one to the difference!