A little background. I've been cross stitching for many years and have recently gotten into stitching up pieces from vintage kits. A while ago, I bought a needlepoint kit from 1973 off ebay that I really liked, even though I've never done needlepoint. I suppose I thought I could just figure it out.
In theory, this should be easy, except the chart has me going INSANE! It's largely done in Bargello, which from what I can tell shouldn't be very complicated. The problem is how the chart is written. From the directions included in the kit and every online resource I've gone to, each stitch should share a square. So if I end in one square, the next stitch should start/end in the same square as the last. Just like cross stitch. However, the chart shows each stitch as starting/ending in the next square. This would leave a huge gap in the stitches and I'll be able to see the canvas in between the stitches.
I know this isn't right, and I've tried doing it the way I feel it should be done, except that when I do it that way, it throws the chart off completely
. If I do it the way the chart shows, I'll end up, like I said, with huge gaps between my stitches.
I've included a photo of the chart as reference (you should be able to click on it to zoom in):
Am I looking at this completely wrong? I really love this kit and want to complete it, so I don't want to just abandon it, but I'm really frustrated. Hopefully someone can help shed some light on this. Thank you!