Irregular charts and hiding no stitches – Stitchmastery weekly tip

Today we’re having a look at creating an
irregularly shaped chart in Stitchmastery, so a chart where the stitch
count increases or decreases. There are two different ways that you can approach
this – you can either create your chart with the number of columns to represent
the number of stitches at the narrowest points and then use the insert tools to
add extra columns to your chart to increase the width. Or, you can create a
chart that has the width set to be the widest stitch count and use the “no
stitch” symbols to decrease the size of the chart to suit. In this video I’m not
going to go through using the insert tools because there is a separate video
for that already and I will link to it below. I will also link to a couple of
articles from Kate Atherley about different things to consider when using
the “no stitch” symbols. Let’s create a triangular chart for a shawl. I will
quickly change this [title] to “change shape” and it’s going to be a flat item and we’ll
have the number of columns set to 15 stitches. I’ll very quickly just zoom to
“fit selection”. Let’s imagine that we are creating a triangular chart and we want
to remove these bottom corners. So in the basic stitches folder, we have two ways
of doing this – we have a cross “no stitch” and a “grey no
stitch”. There are a variety of reasons that you might choose one over the other,
but primarily this will be that if you’re creating a colorwork chart, you
might not want to have grey “no stitches” in amongst other colored
stitches. And if you create a lace chart, having cross [no stitch] icons might be a bit confusing. I’m going to use the “grey no stitch” option. I’m just going to click
down, hold and drag with the tracker pad to draw over these stitches in the
corner. And we’ll pop to the outline text – as you
can see there are errors and that’s because we haven’t added in any increase
stitches – so despite these all being knit stitches the chart is magically getting
bigger, which is obviously not correct. But what is useful to note is that, as
you can see, the number of stitches consumed and produced is increasing as
the rules go up so the “grey no stitch” has reduced the stitch count here. Even
though we can still see 15 columns in the chart, these are not counting in the
stitch count – these are not stitches anymore. Now, if we wish this to be a
symmetrical triangle then we can easily recreate this [shaping] on the other side. I’m going to use the marquee select tool to select these stitches and i will [click] copy. Come back to the arrow select tool, click in the top left of the area I want them
to be pasted [in] and use paste. Then again we’ll come to the marquee select
tool to select these stitches and flip on the vertical axis. If that was all
a bit fast and confusing you’ll find (in the description below) another video
which goes through using the flip tools in more detail. So we’ve created our
triangle shape and it may be that you don’t wish to have all this grey area in
your chart, especially if it’s a bigger chart and you have a lot of area that
has no stitches in – so we can easily hide these. What to do is come to Edit and
Hide No Stitch Edges. As you can see all the grey stitches have disappeared
and we will now be able to hide this entry from the key. You’ll see that the row
numbers have moved in to the starts of the rows rather than being in a line far
away from the start of each row. But something we probably want to change is
to remove these column numbers as it’s a bit confusing. So back to the arrow select
tool and selecting with chart (missed it!). We come to Chart and Edit Chart Properties and we can select that we wish the column
numbers only to appear at the top – that takes them away from the bottom now.
If it was the case that you had some “no stitches” in a separate area of the chart
that you wanted to keep in place but you had others elsewhere, then what you can
do is to select the stitches that surround the “no stitch” that you want to
remove and use Hide All No Stitches in Selection and as you can see, that has
hidden the “no stitches” in the area that I’ve selected but left these other ones
in place.

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