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I know I am always harping on this, but taking notes of your work, especially fabric development, is a good practice. But this time I am going to teach you a kind of short-hand – a method of “illustrating” a knit fabric. This is used in industry to communicate a fabric structure and also in programming knitting machinery such as Stoll and Shima.
You only need to learn three symbols. Were you paying attention in the last newsletter?
Here are some common knit structures:
The notation below indicates the direction of the carriage and the two course sequence that describes the Shaker or Half Cardigan stitch
Here are some more common rib structures using knit, tuck and miss stitches:
Let’s step it up a notch
Notating knits in this way is an excellent way of communicating fabrics that are composed of knits, tucks, misses and rib structures, but graphing is better for fair-isle, intarsia, lace and cables.