Wednesday 8 June 2011

Make a knitting chart marker

To make it easier to follow knitting charts or text lines in a pattern, you can make a simple marker out of cardboard. It is best to have the marker in a modest solid colour, but who says the other side cannot be as colourful as you like!

Knitting pattern chart marker

You will need:
  • piece of cardboard
  • decorative paper (optional)
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • craft knife or scissors
  • glue (optional)

Colourful papers

Cut out a piece of cardboard measuring approximately 6 x 21 cm. If you would like to style it up, cut a piece of decorative paper in the same size. Glue these together and leave to dry under weight (e.g. a pile of knitting magazines).

Chart marker layout

Mark a distance of 2 cm from one end of the cardboard piece. Then mark four horizontal lines at 2 cm and 2.5 cm from each long side. Cut along these four lines until the vertical end line and the ends of the narrow straps. Place some cardboard leftovers under the chart marker, if you are using a knife. Erase marked lines if necessary. And done!

This chart marker is about the width of a standard magazine.
Of course, you can make it any size that seems convenient to use.


  1. oh my gosh..I was eyeing up a magnetic board for chart reading for the 3rd time. I keep putting off buying it.It must be our creative genes saying "Dont buy this you can make one"

    so I picked up a magnetic dry/erase board.When i asked the cashier if they sold any magnets and after explaining why i wanted them she advised me to run up to the local hardware store where she said i could buy magnets that you cut from a roll for so cheap. she said the edges are always perfect & they can cut them as long or wide as you want.(im doing that today)

    i center the chart on the far left, then cut out and place the legend on the far right of the chart.

    Since the symbols change from RS to WS and since the cable im doing has Row2 as the RS and Row1 as the WS, i find myself saying things like " a dot on the RS is a (purl), an empty box on the RS is a (knit) getting the hang of

    Lastly when I'm finished knitting i ALWAYS take the dry erase marker and jot down the row i am to start on when i return.(i tried the whole ill remember thing and what a disaster,you never remember). Sure does teach you to read your knitting though lol..
    Great minds think alike.

  2. So many great ideas! I've been searching for a page size magnetic board, but no luck so far. Cut magnets - probably not sold over here either. I love to go for walks in hardware stores, maybe I just haven't looked to the right shelves.
    Another thing that could be useful is the music stand that musicians have for their chords - could hold a knitting chart by the armchair just as well, knitting can feel like composing...

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