Information Lamination

A lucky confluence of events helped me stumble onto an idea that has probably been around for quite some time.

One of the things I had to do for the Tour last week was print up a list of phone numbers for all the contacts and emergency numbers and then laminate them to create cards that all the tour volunteers could carry with them.

When I was looking through Cheryl Oberle’s Folk Vests I noticed that the cable instructions are given as charts, not as “k2,c4b,p4,k4” &c. as they are in Two Sticks and a String. The charts look much easier to read, so I decided to transcribe my cable directions to charts and get them laminated.

Which is what I did last night:


I put the charts on a keyring with their pattern names written on the back with a Sharpie. As I knit the next row, I’ll slip the keyring in place of one of my stitch markers, and then my embryonic sweater will be completely self-contained for a while. I don’t need to refer to anything else at least until June.

I’ve got another small project in mind to help me fix problem in the Aran. If you look at the Saxon Braid sections above, you’ll notice that there are two points, one in front and one in back, where I crossed a cable the wrong way. It’s pretty far back, and I know that it’s fixable, but I’m going to test it by knitting up the pattern in some throwaway yarn complete with the error, then ripping down with a crochet hook and making careful notes as I go.

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  1. David Says:


    Yup, this is my first sweater. It’s the first one I started, but it won’t be the first I finish. I began the Juice sweater after the Aran and finished it a while back.

    Prior to this, I did hats. A LOT of hats. And I started a sock once. :-) Thanks for the kind words.

  2. Cari Says:

    The sweater is looking great. And I may very well adopt your lamination idea. It beats the raggedy photocopies and scrawled notes method I’ve been using so far.

    I’m new to your blog, so forgive me for asking this rather than sifting through the archives, but is this really your first sweater?! First sweater after many previous projects, I assume, because it looks SO good.

  3. Kaetchen Says:

    The real question is whether or not it will bug you to leave the mistakes! Will they be all you see when you look at the completed piece, or will you be able to live with ’em?

  4. michelle Says:

    Very clever! I usually just photocopy my charts and then end up folding them, writing on them, and generally destroying them; and in the end, all I have left are scraps of paper. (I also lose at least one set more often than not).

    Good luck with the spot fixing; but if it turns out to be too much trouble, remember, there is no shame in ripping everything out or just learning to live with a boo boo or two. (Of course, if you leave it, that’s all anyone will ever look at). 😉

  5. Emma Says:

    Aran is looking fantastic !
    Good idea ,laminating the charts – think I might use that.
    The cable trick is easy – really ! Good luck with the ‘fixing’.

  6. David Says:

    Thanks, Stacey. I think I’m on track to get it finished by the time it’s getting cool again.

    Incidentally, the laminating was $1.60 at Kinko’s. I think I’m going to put together a bunch of these cards for different cable patterns and re-use them for future Aran projects.

  7. Stacey Says:

    Wow the Aran is looking great!!! I like the chart key ring. I photocopy my patterns and put them in clear plastic file folders. I did have to drop stitches back to correct a cable on the age of aquarius. It was not as painful as I thought it would be. Good luck with it.