Knitting went to charts awhile ago. If you don't know how to use them...it is time you learned. In some form, they are here to stay. Charts are a visual of the written project instructions. They are used for lace work, color knitting, patterns and cables.
Charts are easy to understand for knitters who learn visually. For those of us who like the written word, think of it as a new way to read your knitting. With a glance of the chart you see the design and color pattern that will be on your needles.
Each box in the chart represents a stitch. Knitting charts are read from right to left on right-side rows and left to right on wrong-side rows. The first row starts on the bottom right. Each row is numbered. Learn more about Stitch-maps a variation on knitting graphs that you may find easier.
Enlarge the chart you are working on.
Stitch markers and a row counter are helpful.
Mask the rows you are not currently working.
When working a solid colored project, use a different crayon to color in each type of stitch (knit, purl, yo…).
Once you become familiar with reading charts, your projects should go easier.