The below steps are also demonstrated in this video.
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 in the pic below there are 16 visible rows, not 31.
- 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.
Step 4: Bottom Row and Increment
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: Test your work
I suggest you test your chart right after you tap Save so you know its correct before you move on. Use a Stitch Marker/Single Stitch and move it around the chart to several different areas of the grid. If it sits nicely on the grid you are good. If not go back and recrop to correct it.
Need to fix a chart? From the main knitting page tap Setup. Then tap the piece for your chart. Then tap Recrop. From here you can adjust all the items above.
** 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!