One of the many fabulous things that happened at the Spring Fling was that I got to finally meet JC Briar. I had heard about JC through the knitterly grapevine for quite some time, frankly I think she was a bit mythological to me... one of those west coast knitters I always hear about and never meet! When we went to the Loopy Ewe the first night to go shopping the first thing that made it into my basket was a copy of JC's new self published book Charts Made Simple.
I was interested in this book for a multitude of reasons...
ONE because I teach chart reading often as part of my classes and would love to have a book I can recommend to my students that will help them explore the topic further and also offer support when they get confused.
TWO because I have a weakness for knitting books of any kind and they all must come home with me,
& THREE because maybe (just maybe) one day I want to publish my own book and I LOVE to see how other indie designer/authors take their concepts and get them to print!
And it did not disappoint....The book is laid out in a clear concise manner that takes you through a step by step understanding of how charts work, why they work and how to use them. Time is spent delving into using charts for cables, charts that show shaping, and reading your knitting. This last step is so important, as understanding the relationship between what is on your needles and what is on the chart is KEY. JC clarifies this in such a way that you are way more than likely to become a successful chart reader. It is truly obvious to me that JC put ALOT of energy into choosing her words, examples and diagrams to ensure that the end result was succinct and clear. There is an economy to her writing style that ensures the books clarity, and therefor, comprehension. I will not hesitate to recommend this book to my students!
JC has generously offered to give a copy of Charts Made Simple to one of my readers... just leave a comment below by May 22 at midnight EST sharing with us how you feel about knitting charts. Do you LOVE charts? Do they make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you run in the opposite direction when you see them?