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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Daelyn Pullover Sweater Progress

Hi guys! I'm learning to knit, slowly but surely. Last winter I knitted a few hats, and this year I decided to knit my first sweater. Luckily my sister and mom are great knitters, so I asked them for advice about this pattern before getting started. My sister offered to knit one, too, so she could help me out if anything was difficult for me. Amazing! 

I chose this Daelyn Pullover by Isabell Kraemer. I love the loose-fitting shape of it, the fact that the front and back are done in different stitches, and that the back pattern wraps around to the front. I also love the big ribbing at the hem and cuffs.

Here's the front of mine so far:

You can see the different pattern on the sides, as the back gradually reaches around to the front.

And here is the back:

I had a rough start with it, as there are German short rows used to extend the back, right under the neckline. I had never knit German short rows before, and the instructions were very sparse. Many of the tutorials I found online seemed to use short rows to make curves, like shaping a bust or the heel of a sock. I just couldn't picture it based on all the curved samples I was seeing. 

Stefanie helped me to get the concept, and once I understood what the point was, it was super easy! I wish the pattern had included a longer explanation, a close-up photo of the short rows, and a graphic showing what was going on. I ended up finding this video to be helpful to me. 

In case you're new to short rows, too, let me explain it in my beginner's language. For this sweater, you are not using short rows to make a curved shape. The curve is very gradual and is 2D - the curve goes down to add length; the sweater still lies flat on your back. 

You just want to lengthen the back of the neckline so that the front will end up being lower than the back. If they were both the same height, the neckline would be very high in front. So you go partway across the back, turn, and go back the way you came, turn - several times. You are adding length to the back, and you knit or purl a couple stitches farther each row (creeping toward the front) so that the increase is gradual and you'll be able to keep knitting in the round when you're done adding short rows. Hopefully that helps if you are a newer knitter working with this pattern!

Since I finished the short rows, I've been sailing along, knitting a few rows whenever I have a chance. I hope I won't mess up my sleeves when I get to them. Wish me luck!

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