Quick guide to Japanese fonts for fiber artists

A few people mentioned to me after lesson 1 of the Japanese pattern-reading tutorial that the Japanese characters that I had put in my post weren’t showing up properly. Obviously you don’t need to know Japanese to use the patterns, but it would help if you can see the characters I write to compare them to things in the pattern, right?

You should see that the two lines below look the same:

  • メリヤス編み
  • Japanese font test

That’s “stockinette stitch” in Japanese, by the way (pronounced meriyasu-ami). If the top line doesn’t match the image in the bottom line, you need to enable Japanese font support if you want it to show up right.

The good news is that this is easy to set up, it’s free, and you only have to do it once. (Don’t worry, it just helps your computer show Japanese fonts, but it won’t suddenly make everything on your whole computer appear in Japanese.) Ready? These links show you how:

Hope that helps!

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