This is a great pattern because it is worked in panels, then has this scary-fabulous joining technique. It is is like a classroom project for a newer knitter. BUT, I’ve improved on it! I added charts for each stitch pattern–nine in all.
I do my charts differently than the conventional way. Conventional wisdom is that the charts should look as they do from the right side, but my point of view is that I am not dealing with the RS when I am on the WS–I need to know what I’m looking at is supposed to look like!
My brain cannot do the “if this on the RS, then that on the WS” that conventional charts require. It means that I spend more time trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing on WS rows than I do actually knitting. So I decided that I would do my charts so that each row appears as it looks as you are working it. Thus, if a purl is indicated, it doesn’t matter where you are, it is a purl. Likewise for every stitch. Because of this each chart must have a key.
This may throw you for a loop at first, but I think anyone can see that it makes sense while you are working. At least it does for some of us. It will probably not surprise you to know that I have difficulty reading maps unless they are oriented in the direction I am positioned (which often makes them very difficult to actually read) and I am a terrible navigator.
I’m still trying to figure out if it is necessary to provide a “this is what it looks like” photo or chart. I’m always struggling with how long my patterns are, so this remains on the wish list for now.