The pictures show what the knit and purl side of the finished
blocks will look like. Each can be knitted as shown or in the reverse color
To knit as shown, always place the strand that is the background
color on the chart furthest away from you, then put a pin over that background
color strand between the first and second needle on each row. To change colors,
working in the direction in which the carriage will be moving, hang a pin after
the first stitch that is shown in the other color and on that color strand.
On the purl side you will have the exact reverse of what is shown on the chart.
To knit in the reverse color combination, always place the
color strand that is opposite to the background color shown on the chart
furthest away from you and hang a pin over that strand between the first and
second needle on each row. To change colors and working in the direction
in which the carriage will be moving, hang a pin after the first stitch that
is shown in the other color but on the strand that is the opposite
color of the one shown on the chart. On the wrong side you will now have
the color combination as it is on the chart, the right side will be reversed.
This may sound confusing, I think, but once you try it out, it'll make more
Note: For some charts that have stripes going all across
a square, you'll need to change the background color several times. The way
I have done it is to always put the color strand that the first stitch on the
chart is knitted in furthest away from me, then I put a pin between the first
and second needle on that strand. To knit a square in the reverse color combination,
put the other color furthest away from you.
Some of the details, like the rays of the sun may be faster
latched up as knit stitches instead of repurled in the other color. To knit
the motif as shown, you could switch colors only for the circle in the center,
then latch up the stitches that make up the rays. That would give you a blue
knitted sun on a white knitted background along with blue purl rays. The bear
could be done the same way, the colors switched only for the solid form. Then
the eyes, nose, and inside of the paws could be latched up as knit stitches.
The bear would be in blue knit stitches on the front, the eyes, nose, and inside
of the paws in white purl stitches. The stars and kite string could be done
the same way also.